Disaster Claims from Two Perspectives

A year on from extreme weather events that devastated parts of Aotearoa, the impact for many of those affected is ongoing. With the frequency of these and other natural events set to increase with climate change, what lessons have been learned from previous disasters, and what can we expect of insurance providers and local authorities in the future?

In this webinar, barrister Emily Walton and structural engineer Edward Hill will explore the subject, highlight red flags and issues arising, and look at what’s ahead, to help you assist clients prepare and manage the claim landscape.

Who Should Attend?

Property lawyers, civil litigators and legal executives working in the property or litigation areas.

  • In the context of the flooding and cyclone events of early 2023, become enlightened about the response from local authorities and insurers.
  • Gain insights into what to watch out for when helping clients, including insurance policy coverage and statutory cover matters.
  • Receive guidance on issues arising, drawing on previous disasters, such as the meaning of damage, the requisite repair standard and the implications of multiple events or pre-existing damage on claims. 
  • Develop a constructive approach to engaging and working with engineering and other experts.
  • Benefit from experienced legal and engineering perspectives about what’s ahead in this space and how to navigate it with clients in your local community.


Emily Walton
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Emily Walton is a general civil litigator with specialist expertise in insurance and construction work.   Last year Emily joined Bridgeside Chambers in Christchurch after over a decade in partnership at a large national firm.

After the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes Emily spent many years litigating earthquake claims.  She understands the value of strong engagement between lawyers, engineers and other construction professionals in the disaster claim space.  Since the Auckland Anniversary Weekend floods and Cyclone Gabrielle, Emily has been providing some pro-bono assistance to people in Titirangi, Muriwai and Hawkes Bay.  She is also working with MBIE, ACE and Engineering NZ in the disaster claim space.

Edward Hill
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Ed is a Chartered Structural Engineer and Director of Batchelar McDougall Consulting. With 15 years of structural engineering experience in New Zealand and the UK, he has extensive expertise in structural design and assessment across a wide range of sectors, including residential, commercial and heritage buildings. 

Seismic assessment has formed a large part of Ed’s workload over the past 10 years, and he has undertaken complex investigations of earthquake-damaged buildings for the EQC, insurers and individual property owners. This work has included providing structural assessment advice to the High Court as an expert witness.



Pricing Details

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Members: $140 GST

Non-Member: $195 GST


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