Jacob Kerkin

Jacob Kerkin

Senior Associate, Auckland

Litigation & dispute resolution

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T:+64 9 357 9042

M:+64 21 990 620



LLB, BCom, University of Otago


2009, New Zealand

​Jacob specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

He has expertise in a broad range of disputes, including those relating to property and construction, class actions, banking and finance, general contract, and tort.

Jacob has appeared as counsel in proceedings in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District Court and High Courts throughout New Zealand, and has represented clients in various alternative dispute resolution forums. He is a member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law.

Prior to joining Chapman Tripp in 2017, Jacob worked at Dentons in the UK specialising in banking and finance litigation acting for major UK banks. During this time, Jacob also completed a nine-month secondment to the litigation department at Barclays Bank, where he managed a portfolio of claims across multiple jurisdictions, including large-scale group actions.

Recent experience

Jacob has:

  • advised an ASX-listed company on a claim for breach of contract and statutory duty seeking damages in excess of NZ$500m
  • advised James Hardie on large-scale product liability claims
  • represented parties on complex Construction Contracts Act adjudication claims
  • appeared as junior counsel in a multi-million dollar commercial rent review arbitration
  • advised on multiple claims arising out of the Canterbury Earthquakes
  • advised Mercury on construction contract issues affecting a number of its power plants, and
  • while in the UK, acted for Barclays Bank in a significant portfolio of claims brought by customers in relation to the alleged misselling of interest rate derivatives and LIBOR manipulation.
Litigation & dispute resolution





Construction & major projects; Banks & financial institutions