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James Wollerman Senior Associate

After completing his study in Germany, James Wollerman graduated with an LLB/BA from the University of Otago in 2008. James joined Parker & Associates in December 2008 and was admitted to the bar in February 2009.

James specialises in civil litigation and dispute resolution with a focus on insurance and construction law. James has appeared in the District and High Courts, the Weathertight Homes Tribunal and has represented clients at mediation and Judicial Settlement Conferences.

James’ insurance experience covers a range of areas including fire and general, public liability, product liability and professional indemnity. James has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in leaky building litigation and claims for defective building work. He has handled a wide range of general civil claims arising from breach of contract, nuisance and negligence.

James enjoys working closely with his clients. His focus is to provide thorough and practical legal advice to achieve the best result possible.

James’ recent highlights include:

  • Appearing as junior counsel for the first defendant in Brandlines Ltd/Contamo Palmerston North Ltd v Central Forklift Group & Exide Technologies Ltd (High Court Wellington), a claim arising out of destruction of a warehouse by fire. The claim against the defendants was ultimately discontinued;
  • Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in nuisance and negligence claims arising from damage caused by excavation/earthworks;
  • Representing a farming company in breach of contract proceedings to recover unpaid funds under a contract to export goods to Japan;
  • Acting for Body Corporates and owners of Wellington apartment complexes in leaky building litigation;
  • Successfully negotiating settlement for clients in a multi-party leaky building claim concerning a large retirement complex;
  • Providing advice in respect of liability for the supply of defective food packaging;
  • Personal Grievance proceedings in the Employment Relations Authority;
  • Liquidation proceedings.