Kate

Dillon

Kate has 25 years’ experience in civil litigation across a broad cross section of subject matters. She brings a proactive approach to litigation, concentrating on strategies that produce the best outcomes for her clients. She is tenacious in the pursuit of her client’s position. She has experience in a range of forums from tribunals to high court, court of appeal and supreme court matters. Her particular areas of expertise are:

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Territorial Authority litigation
  • Building and construction law
  • Land and property disputes
  • Public/general liability claims
  • Professional indemnity claims – such as solicitors and engineers
  • Insurance law

CONTACT

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Territorial Authority litigation
  • Building and construction law
  • Land and property disputes
  • Public/general liability claims
  • Professional indemnity claims – such as solicitors and engineers
  • Insurance law

BIOGRAPHY

Kate Dillon graduated with an LLB from the University of Otago in 1991 and was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1992.

From 1992 to 1996, she carried out general litigation work with supporting roles in High Court trials and sole conduct of District Court trials in family, civil and criminal.

She worked in the United Kingdom for the Department of Trade and Industry investigating company directors of insolvent companies with a view to issuing disqualification proceedings. She worked for a publicly listed company selling its global pharmaceutical business collating material from European business units for presentation to buyers in New York, USA.

From 1999, she specialised in insurance litigation working for two insurance litigation firms, Jones Fee and McElroys and as in house counsel for two major insurance companies, NZI and Vero.


From 2009 to 2015, she worked at Heaney and Partners where she had conduct of leaky home claims representing councils in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District and High Court and assisted senior council in complex high court claims, court of appeal and supreme court litigation. She represented councils in claims involving the issue of resource consent and LIMS, and public liability claims in the Land Valuation Tribunal, District Court and High Court. She has represented council in a number of mediations, and judicial settlement conferences.

In 2015, she commenced practice as a Barrister at William Martin Chambers (2015-2020) and more recently as a Barrister at FortyEight Shortland Barristers (2020-). Her practice has developed to include a broad cross section of subject matters including the conduct of civil, commercial and insurance litigation involving professional indemnity claims, director and shareholder disputes, construction, company, multi-party multi-unit litigation, territorial authority litigation, class-action claims, property (caveat and equitable claims) and employment matters.

She is a member of:

  • the NZ Insurance Law Association (NZILA)
  • Auckland Womens Law Association
  • NZ Bar Association

Recent Trial Experience:

  • Supporting counsel to David Heaney QC on Southland Stadium litigation in the high court, court of appeal and supreme court on territorial authority’s liability for the negligent design and observation of structural engineer. Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council and others [2015] NZHC 1983; Invercargill City Council v Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust [2017] NZCA 68; [2017] 2 NZLR 650; Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council [2017] NZSC 190; [2018] 1 NZLR 278;
  • Supporting counsel to David Heaney QC and Neil Campbell QC in high court and court of appeal litigation regarding contractual and fiduciary duties of directors upon the sale of a company. Dold and others v Murphy and others [2019] NZHC 1232; Dold v Murphy [2020] NZCA 313
  • Supporting counsel to David Heaney QC on territorial authority liability for LIM notifications Henry and others v Auckland Council [2015] NZHC 435
  • Counsel appearing in orders for division and/or sale of co-owned property Robertson v Robertson [2020] NZHC 2272

Recent experience

  • Advising and acting for territorial authorities and insurers on indemnity and public liability claims arising out of their regulatory function issuing resource consents, building consents and LIMs.
  • Advising both business and private clients on equitable, tort, contract and consumer remedies such as Fair Trading Act and Consumer Guarantees Act for clients in a wide range of industries;
  • Advising clients on equitable remedies such as caveats and implied trusts on property transactions;
  • Advising and acting on professional indemnity claims, most recently for solicitors and engineers