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Please contact our office if you have James Hardie Harditex or Titanboard cladding or would like more information about the Cladding Action against James Hardie. Click the link to find out more about the Cladding Action and to register your interest. More  >>

Supreme Court dismisses James Hardie’s application for leave to appeal the Court of Appeal judgment confirming the grant of representative proceedings and extending the opt in period to 30 January 2018

The Supreme Court has declined to grant James Hardie leave to appeal the 30 August 2017 Court of Appeal judgment to the Supreme Court.  The Court of Appeal judgment confirmed the High Court’s grant of representative orders, allowing the James Hardie Cladding Action to run as a class action.  It also extended the opt-in period to five months, expiring on 30 January 2018.  There is no further ability for James Hardie to appeal the representative orders or the opt-in period.  The opt-in date is final – all owners who wish to opt-in to participate in the class action must do so by 30 January 2018.  ..

Legal Update - Clauses preventing oral modification of contracts are enforceable – UK Supreme Court

Parties to commercial contracts should review their contracts to check whether they contain “no oral modification” (NOM) clauses, and if they do, ensure they are complied with, following the UK Supreme Court’s decision in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] UKSC 24, in which the Supreme Court held that a NOM clause was enforceable. ..


Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance litigation.

For over 20 years we have acted for insurers, brokers and claim handlers throughout New Zealand and overseas.

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We are well known for our expertise in construction litigation, which forms a significant part of our practice.

We have acted for most parties involved in the construction industry including building owners, developers, building contractors and subcontractors, material manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, designers, project managers and others.

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Leaky Buildings

We have been at the forefront of leaky building litigation since early 2001.

We have achieved excellent results across many multi-unit and stand alone leaky building claims for body corporates, commercial property and individual home owners.

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Rural Disputes

We regularly act for farmers and agribusiness-related clients, generally referred to us by practitioners in rural areas. We understand the practical and business issues faced by those practitioners and their clients.

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Commercial Litigation

We have experience across a broad range of commercial disputes.

These include shareholder and partnership disputes, contractual disputes, creditor and debtor remedies, the Fair Trading Act, the Sale of Goods Act, commercial securities and many other commercial disputes.

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Property Litigation

We have extensive experience in property litigation.

Our experience includes sale and purchase agreement disputes and the related issues, landlord / tenant disputes, caveats, mortgagee sales, nuisance claims and a range of other matters.

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We provide advice in all areas of employment law from executive employment and exits, business restructurings and personal grievances, to post-employment claims including restraints of trade and protection of confidential information.

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Over the years Parker & Associates has acted on a number of high profile defamation cases involving prominent business people, members of parliament and others.

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