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
  • Commercial agreement review, including a litigation risk analysis
  • Commercial drafting, including terms and conditions
  • Advice in relation to 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
  • Equity
  • Debt recovery
  • Guarantee claims
  • Insurance advice and representation
  • Defamation
  • Trade practices
  • Arbitration
  • Health and safety advice and representation
  • Personal litigation, such as matrimonial property disputes and challenging a will
  • Fraud
  • Enforcement in New Zealand of foreign judgments
  • Assisting with commercial/ contractual negotiations
  • Caveat matters
  • Legal and strategic advice regarding the termination of contracts
  • Financial services, specifically advice and representation in respect of financial services regulation
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 advice
  • Advising and representing lawyers in respect of claims and complaints against them.
 
 

Steve Keall barrister: insurance advice 

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

 

SPECIFIC SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE IN THE INSURANCE AREA INCLUDE:

  • 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 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
  • Travel insurance
  • Subrogated claims
  • Cyber Insurance.
 
 

Steve Keall barrister: assistance to UK law firms:

Building on eight years of working in London as a qualified English solicitor,  Steve collaborates remotely with UK firms, taking advantage of the differences between the time zones (12 hours on average) and the exchange rate (currently about 2/1). 

This work lends itself best to working within a pre-established online working environment such as a VPN. Work may include assisting with substantive document review and witness statement preparation.

 
 
 
 
 

Steve Keall barrister: contact details

Telephone: +64 (9) 363 3301

Email: stevekeall@stevekeall.com

Post: PO Box 206, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140, NZ

Office: Level 31, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland, 1010, NZ

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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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