Track record | Testimonials
All 2018 & 2019 Court decisions:
Selected recent work and settlements/ outcomes:
Negotiating 100% settlement of disputed entitlement under life insurance policy with a NZ life insurer (recovery: approximately $100,000)
Negotiating 100% settlement of disputed entitlement under life insurance policy in respect of a disputed trauma claim, with a NZ insurer (recovery: approximately $850,000)
Successful defence of a solicitor facing a NZLS complaint to a local standards committee
Successful appeal to the Legal Complaints Review Officer (“LCRO”) for a solicitor in respect of a NZLS complaint
Negotiated commercial outcome in respect of a claim arising out of fire damage to a property, dealing with the at-fault party’s insurers after the commencement of proceedings
Negotiated settlement of approximately $400,000 in a relationship property context—in a relationship of short duration
Providing advice to an insurance brokerage and its client in respect of insurance issues arising out of a significant fire at a commercial property resulting in material damage and business interruption issues
Providing advice to an insurance brokerage and its client in respect of insurance issues arising out of a product recall
Providing independent legal advice in respect of relationship property agreements
Providing independent legal advice to an accounting professional in respect of a professional indemnity claim, where there were insured and uninsured components
Acting as counsel in respect of a shareholder dispute, resolving the claim at mediation
Acting as counsel in ongoing litigation involving a brokerage and departing insurance brokers/ financial advisers.
Legal work and litigation in particular is complex and difficult. After about twenty years of practice, I have been involved in cases where things have not gone to plan, and people have been unhappy. When you engage a barrister, it is wise to seek balanced information about that person’s track record and experience. That means not focussing solely on the cases that have gone entirely to plan. I am happy to have that discussion with you, as any good, experienced lawyer should be.
"Getting Steve’s assistance was invaluable. His submissions were clear and succinct and were key to obtaining a favourable outcome. Thanks Steve for your assistance. You really helped put the matter in perspective. Your words of wisdom were key to maintaining my sanity."
— JH, solicitor, 2018
"I was in need of advice as to a direction on a somewhat involved a historic legal matter involving negligence by a conveyancing lawyer. I had few options, but when I contacted Steve, I found him both communicative and forthright. Overall, I was impressed with his very detailed advice and practical approach as to how to bring about proceedings in the relevant Tribunal; his strategies for presenting the case assisted me greatly and resulted in a win at the high end of the jurisdiction limit. I would strongly recommend him."
— Ian P., lay-client, 2018
"I have been referring clients to Steve Keall for several years now, with successful outcomes. Some of the clients I have referred to Steve have been involved in litigation and others have been seeking to avoid it. I have always been impressed by Steve’s knowledge, competence, and enthusiasm; his strategic and technical advice and skills have been invaluable. I highly recommend Steve to other instructing solicitors and their clients."
— Sue Stodart, solicitor, 2018
Steve is one of the most erudite, energetic, resourceful and decisive barristers I have had a pleasure of working with. The clients of our firm always get delivered a combination of critical thinking, sound judgment and advancement of their cases, through quality advice and advocacy, when Steve is onboard.
— Doug Cowan, solicitor, 2018