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James Wollerman Senior Associate

James is one of our experienced senior associates. He joined Parker & Associates in December 2008 and was admitted to the bar in February 2009.

James acts for clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, with a focus on construction, insurance and property litigation. He regularly represents clients at mediations and has appeared in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and specialist Tribunals (Tenancy Tribunal and Weathertight Homes Tribunal).

James’ construction experience includes acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in leaky building litigation, failed repair claims and Construction Contracts Act disputes. James advises clients on the Unit Titles Act 2010 and other property related disputes including claims in trespass, nuisance, negligence and for breach of contract.

James’ insurance experience covers a range of areas including fire and general, public liability, product liability and professional indemnity claims.

Outside of work James enjoys spending time with his young family at the local parks, markets and cafes.  

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.