Mathew Francis is an insurance lawyer in our Auckland office. He specialises in dispute resolution and insurance litigation with an emphasis on indemnity disputes, professional indemnity (accountants, brokers, directors, solicitors, surveyors and valuers) and general liability matters.
Mathew's recent experience includes:
The successful defence of the indemnity claim in New Zealand’s largest leaky building proceeding, The Nautilus. The plaintiffs claimed damages of over $25 million and, with co-defendants, sought recovery from the head contractor’s professional indemnity insurers. Insurers succeeded in their defence following a six week High Court trial;
The successful defence of insurers in a $20 million broker’s negligence claim arising out of the Bridgecorp collapse, Bridgecorp v Certain Lloyd’s Underwriters  NZCA 571 (Court of Appeal).
Acting on a number of product liability cases including in respect of failed marine fittings to a yacht and MAF labels on export products. Mathew successfully defended High Court proceedings regarding fitness for purpose of fuel provided to historic race cars, Mortimer and Mortimer & Ors v Motorsport Logistics Ltd & Ors  NZHC 3180.
Mathew qualified in 2004 and joined DAC Beachcroft in 2012.