Senior Associate, Christchurch
PGDip Law (University of Glamorgan Law School), BSc (University of Cardiff)
Rion is a Senior Associate in the dispute resolution team with broad experience of:
- Insurance: acting both for and against insurers – for example, day to day conduct on behalf of a NZ university in relation to a complex $200m+ earthquake claim which settled following mediation. Also advising insurers in relation to claims and policy response.
- Professional negligence: many years of experience of professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, brokers, architects and surveyors, including in-house claims experience at a global insurer.
- Commercial, property and contractual disputes: advising clients in relation to a wide spectrum of matters whether in a litigation or arbitration context.
Rion is adept at managing complex and multi-party litigation, including compromising claims by alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation. He also has experience of leveraging technology to streamline the litigation process – for example, successfully managing a significant discovery exercise (involving c.14 million documents) in a recent High Court proceeding using discovery technology, including use of predictive coding, to dramatically reduce the time and associated costs of that exercise.
Rion is admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the High Court of New Zealand.