Barrister and mediator
Year of call as barrister (England and Wales) 1992
Year of admission as barrister and solicitor (New Zealand) 2013
Toby has over 24 years’ experience as a trial lawyer and specialist counsel.
He specialises in insurance, professional risks, medico-legal matters, commercial/contract claims, product liability (medical and non-medical), engineering and construction. His cases are often of a technical or scientific nature.
From 1993 until 2013 he practised as a barrister at Crown Office Chambers in the Inner Temple in London, instructed by many leading firms of solicitors to represent insurers, other corporate entities, government entities and individuals in civil claims at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal.
Toby moved to New Zealand with his young family at the end of 2013. He then spent three years as Special Counsel in the litigation/dispute resolution department of MinterEllisonRuddWatts, where he spearheaded the development of that firm’s profile in the insurance market, devising and editing Cover to Cover, a quarterly magazine for the insurance industry.
In New Zealand Toby has acted for banks, insurers, other corporate and professional clients, public bodies, industry bodies, trusts and individuals. He has appeared as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court, and at mediations, in claims valued at up to over $10M.
An experienced negotiator, he was accredited as a mediator in the UK in 2004 (ADR Group) and in New Zealand in 2005 (LEADR) and was recognised as a Mediator and Corporate Panel Member by the Dispute Board Federation in 2009.
Toby has governance experience through having been Chair of UK charity Porters’ Progress UK, Deputy Chair of the Lambeth Law Centre in London, and a school governor at the Dulwich Village Church of England Primary School.
He has also worked in public policy, assisting ACC in devising new policies on matters such as the strategic management of appeals, and leading the development and implementation of an ethical framework for ACC’s interactions with external entities.
He has been recognised as a leading barrister by the UK legal directories, and named as a ‘next generation’ insurance lawyer by the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.
Toby remains an Associate Member of Crown Office Chambers. For further details about Toby, click here.
He is married with three children, and in his limited spare time sings countertenor with Aurora IV and occasionally manages to get into the hills to hike, climb, ski-tour or mountaineer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Level 3 Legal House
101 Lambton Quay
PO Box 5475
Ph: +64 4 595 4004
022 498 9979
Fax: +64 4 499 4620