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James Wollerman Partner

James specialises in a wide range of commercial claims, with a focus on construction, insurance and property litigation and alternative dispute resolution.


James joined Parker & Associates in 2008 and joined Dan Parker and Stuart Dalzell in partnership in September 2018.


James has extensive experience acting for both plaintiff and defendant parties in leaky building and construction litigation involving claims in contract, negligence and breach of statutory duties. He advises clients on the Unit Titles Act 2010 and other property related disputes, including sale and purchase and lease disputes, and claims in trespass, nuisance and negligence. James’ insurance experience covers a range of areas including fire and general, public liability, product liability and professional indemnity claims.


James is a regular participant at mediation, assisting clients to negotiate successful outcomes to their disputes. He has appeared in the District and High Courts, Court of Appeal and specialist tribunals.  


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.