Rising Star gets special counsel nod at Wotton + Kearney

The firm also promoted a new senior associate

Rising Star gets special counsel nod at Wotton + Kearney
Andrew Moore

One of NZ Lawyer’s Rising Stars of 2020 has been promoted to special counsel at Wotton + Kearney.

Andrew Moore has been with the firm since 2010, where his practice areas include commercial property, construction and contract works and industrial special risks. He is a specialist in first party losses and business interruption claims, and is also an expert on subrogated recoveries.

He has advised local and international insurers and reinsurers on complex indemnity disputes and catastrophe losses in New Zealand and the South Pacific, including Fiji. He has also handled matters that have been heard before the High Court.

Recently, he advised insurers through their recovery from losses due to the 2017 Tasman Tempest, and defended Lloyd’s Syndicates from claims associated with the 2017 Canterbury earthquakes. 

Moore has practiced in London as well, and has over a decade of experience in the profession. He previously completed secondments with two international insurers, helping out with their teams for claims and contracts, outsourcing and data protection.

With his entry into the Rising Stars list this year, Moore has been named one of the up-and-coming stars in the New Zealand legal industry.

Wotton + Kearney also elevated Alison Cupples to senior associate. She is an expert in professional liability, and is part of Wotton + Kearney’s financial lines team in Auckland.

During her time as an associate with the firm, she assisted partners and senior lawyers with professional negligence disputes for solicitors, valuers, architects, engineers and builders. She also helped provide advice to local and off-shore insurers in professional indemnity and general liability.

Cupples has experience with natural disaster-related claims; product liability claims involving personal injury across the UK, Europe, Australia and the US; and high-profile finance company claims. She has worked with a number of industries, including construction and infrastructure, financial institutions and services and manufacturing and consumer goods.

She has appeared before the District and High Courts as a junior counsel. She has also assisted in mediations and professional disciplinary hearings.

NZ managing partner Antony Holden applauded the promotion of Moore and Cupples and said that the promotions were “well-deserved.”

“These promotions reflect W+K’s ability to offer our clients deeper expertise by recognising emerging talent and growing our ranks of senior specialists in key insurance lines,” he said.

At present, Wotton + Kearney’s NZ office has 10 partners and 31 lawyers.

Alison Cupples

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