Jacob Kerkin

Jacob Kerkin

Senior Solicitor, 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.

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

Jacob has appeared as counsel in proceedings in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District 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.

Jacob joined Chapman Tripp in 2017. Prior to that he 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’s experience includes:

  • advising an ASX-listed company on a claim for breach of contract and statutory duty seeking damages in excess of NZ$500m
  • advising James Hardie on large-scale product liability claims
  • representing parties to complex Construction Contracts Act adjudication claims
  • appearing as junior counsel in a multi-million dollar commercial rent review arbitration
  • advising on multiple claims arising out of the Canterbury Earthquakes
  • advising Mercury on construction contract issues affecting a number of its power plants, and
  • acting 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