Duncan Cotterill elevates construction and insurance law expert to partnership

New partner bolsters the firm’s Auckland litigation team

Duncan Cotterill elevates construction and insurance law expert to partnership
Tanya Wood

Duncan Cotterill has bolstered its litigation team in Auckland with the appointment of construction and insurance law expert Tanya Wood as partner.

Wood joined the firm as special counsel in 2019, after her stint with MinterEllisonRuddWatts. She regularly acts for insurers and construction companies in a range of disputes.

“In her two years on the team, Tanya has brought immense value to her clients dealing with construction, insurance, and cyber risk issues, and this appointment is thoroughly deserved,” said Jonathan Scragg, chair of Duncan Cotterill. “Dependable advice in these areas is crucial in an environment of increased development, and Tanya is a great asset to any organisation in need of a level head, profound knowledge and clear direction.”

Wood, meanwhile, expressed gratitude at being able to help clients resolve complex disputes.

“The construction industry has been under immense pressure from all quarters for many years,” she said. “I regularly see the consequences of this in the dispute matters that I am instructed on, which arise from a combination of factors ranging from the lack of skilled resource, design and workmanship issues, problems with building materials (both quality and supply), and issues with the consenting process. I’m grateful to be able to assist construction clients and the professionals I represent in resolving complex disputes in this challenging climate.”

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