Grace specialises in advising clients on complex legal issues and disputes.
She advises private and public sector clients on a broad range of matters with particular expertise in disputes and other areas of legal risk involving insurance, corporate governance, and contractual and statutory interpretation.
Grace's skills include managing complex multi-disciplinary matters, and working closely with clients to provide advice that responds to their specific commercial, operational and policy context.
- advised the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in relation to various issues arising from the Canterbury earthquakes, including:
- acting for EQC on novel declaratory judgment proceedings in the nature of an anticipatory judicial review, to obtain declarations to support its land settlement policies, which raised various public law issues
- being involved in leading the development, implementation and defence of EQC’s policies on settling complex land damage for over 10,000 properties in Canterbury
- working closely with EQC legal, policy and operational staff, and coordinating input from expert engineers and valuers, to develop methodologies to assess complex land damage
- advising EQC in relation to its reinsurance cover, and
- defending EQC in a range of disputes with customers and private insurers
- in the course of a secondment, assisted AMP with various issues arising in relation to specific insurance claims
- advised the receivers of a large finance company in relation to potential liability of the directors and auditors, including resolving disputes through mediations
- acted for Fire and Emergency New Zealand in relation to cost recovery for rural fires, including leading substantive hearings
- advised New Zealand and overseas fisheries companies in relation to various matters including health and safety issues, regulatory prosecutions, and commercial contracts, and
- successfully defended claims by developers that certain properties were no longer required for public works, for the NZ Transport Agency.