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Parker & Associates is a specialist civil litigation practice based in Wellington. We are focused on achieving the best results possible for our clients in every case.

Five month deadline to opt in from 31 August 2017.
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  >>

Five month opt in period granted to join leaky-building class action

More leaky-building owners will have the chance to join a self-funded class action against James Hardie after the Court of Appeal released a judgment today upholding the representative action and extending opt-in periods from two and 10 weeks to five months. Costs have also been awarded in favour of the owners.  ..

Access to justice and efficiency key to representative (class action) orders: Cridge v Studorp Limited [2017] NZCA 376

Leaky building owners can now join the class action against James Hardie under a five month “opt-in period” granted by the Court of Appeal in Cridge v Studorp Limited [2017] NZCA 376. The Court of Appeal found that issues of duty, breach of duty and Fair Trading Act breach were sufficiently common to all owners to justify a representative or class action. Therefore, the claim had been properly brought as a representative case, stopping time “permanently” for limitation purposes for both the named plaintiffs and represented class members. The later coming into force of the 15-year limitation period under the Limitation Act was not a reason to limit the opt in period. Parker & Associates acted for the successful owners. *Stuart Dalzell, Partner, discusses the decision ..

Insurance

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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Construction

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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Employment

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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Defamation

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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