Wynn Williams strengthens litigation team with new special counsel

Brent McDonald brings experience from London while Kristal Rowe focuses on litigation

Wynn Williams strengthens litigation team with new special counsel
Brent McDonald and Kristal Rowe

Wynn Williams has bolstered its litigation practice with the addition of Brent McDonald and Kristal Rowe as special counsel in the firm's national dispute resolution team.

McDonald, who brings over twenty years of experience in the courtroom. He specialises in contentious trusts and estates, civil dispute resolution, and regulation and professional discipline. As a litigator, he has specialist experience handling complex, high-value civil, tortious, and contractual liability disputes, enquiries, and inquests.

He is also a barrister who spent 18 years as a tenant in London chambers 2 Temple Gardens and Old Square Chambers. While in London, he worked on high-value, complex and high-value civil claims both in the UK and overseas.

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Since moving to New Zealand, McDonald has represented insurers acting for clients who were allegedly in breach of duty and statutory regulations. His practice also includes issues related to common law and equity, as well as civil and regulatory matters such as professional negligence and enquiries by public bodies.

Rowe brings over 15 years of experience from her work in Australia and New Zealand. As an insurance litigator, her practice focuses on professional indemnity.

She has represented professionals and their insurers in the construction and health sectors, making appearances related to civil litigation, disciplinary investigations, and charges before professional bodies, the Health and Disability Commissioner and coronial inquests. She has also guided insurers in relation to liability and complex indemnity claims.

Moreover, Rowe has assisted clients with risk mitigation strategies and has appeared before the District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal, as well as other specialist bodies. advocating for professionals and their insurers. She also completed secondments with insurer clients and has experience with alternative dispute resolution.

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