Steve Keall barrister is an experienced civil and commercial disputes lawyer based in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Steve provides legal advice and advocacy for civil and commercial disputes. Steve has a particular interest in insurance. He has qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, and as a solicitor in England. He now practises as a barrister sole in New Zealand.

Steve welcomes inquiries from new clients. Please get in touch using the form in the contact section below.

"Clients tell me they appreciate the energy and enthusiasm I bring to my work."

— Steve Keall, civil and commercial barrister.




Steve Keall barrister: 
Experience & Expertise

  • General civil and commercial litigation including disputes of a commercial nature
  • Breach of contract claims:
    • Distribution agreements
    • Supply agreements
    • Commercial agreements
    • Sale and purchase of property
  • Shareholder/partnership disputes including joint ventures
  • Commercial drafting, including terms and conditions
  • Advice in relation to equity and trusts, including the rights and responsibilities of trustees and beneficiaries
  • Companies Act matters including
    • Breach of directors’ duties
    • Statutory demands
  • Advice on New Zealand law for non-New Zealand businesses
  • Negligence claims (bringing and defending) with a focus on professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, valuers, architects and engineers
  • Procurement issues: general advice as well as assisting with disagreements and disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Insurance advice and representation
  • Defamation
  • Personal litigation, such as relationship property disputes and challenging a will
  • Fraud
  • Enforcement in New Zealand of foreign judgments
  • Caveat matters
  • Legal and strategic advice regarding the termination of contracts
  • Professional discipline including advising and representing lawyers in respect of claims and complaints against them
  • Public Works Act advice
  • Personal injury advice.

This is a selection of recent Court decisions illustrating the kind of work undertaken.


Steve Keall barrister: insurance advice 

Steve provides legal advice about insurance to commercial and individual policyholders as well as insurance providers. His experience includes eight years in the London insurance market. Steve is sometimes called upon to provide independent advice or representation in the context of ongoing insurance disputes or litigation.



  • Policy coverage issues: whether a claim or event is covered by an insurance policy
  • Professional indemnity claims: against professionals such as lawyers, accountants, valuers, architects and engineers
  • Credit insurance: the insurance of credit issued to customers
  • Brokers/intermediaries: issues around insurance intermediaries and their relationships with policyholders, insurers, and reinsurers
  • Business interruption
  • Distribution of insurance products. Steve has experience of dealing with issues between insurers, distributors (such as banks) and intermediaries
  • Directors and Officers (D&O) Insurance
  • Life insurance/disability benefit insurance: Steve has acted for both insurers and policyholders with regards to disputes over this kind of cover
  • General (non life) insurance: Steve has advised both insurers and policyholders on a wide variety of general insurance coverage issues, including material damage policies in respect of commercial and residential buildings
  • Construction project/ Contractors All Risk ("CAR") insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Subrogated claims
  • Cyber Insurance.

Steve Keall is an experienced civil disputes lawyer based in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Steve has significant experience in providing general legal advice for civil and commercial claims and litigation. Steve is also available to provide advice and representation for relationship property matters.

"I have a particular interest in receiving instructions which involve forensic work, including tracing and valuing assets."

Steve has a particular interest in equitable or trust claims, and relationship property disputes involving business assets. He has experience in issues involving the valuation of assets and property. Claims of this kind tend to be heard in the High Court

Contact Steve using the details below.


Steve Keall barrister: contact details

Telephone: +64 (9) 283 0689 / 0223 179 127


Chambers: FortyEight Shortland Barristers: level 34, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland, 1010, NZ

(This address is also the postal address. I do not operate a post office box.)


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Generally, I require an instructing solicitor.  I can help you find one if you do not already have someone.

Below are my Terms of Engagement, and also my Information for Clients document, where I have agreed to be instructed directly without an instructing solicitor, in accordance with the applicable rules of professional conduct.


I welcome inquiries from new clients. To make an inquiry, please fill out the form below.

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