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Andrew Horne

Andrew Horne



  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Andrew specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and is co-leader of the firm’s dispute resolution division. He also leads our insurance practice. Andrew has particular expertise in commercial and contract disputes, corporate and regulatory issues, financial services, insurance, technology and telecoms.

Andrew has acted for major listed companies and financial institutions in New Zealand and around the world. He is experienced in managing complex, high-value disputes, including taking cases to trial and resolving disputes through mediation. He also helps clients avoid disputes by resolving issues at an early stage.

Andrew began his career as an associate lawyer in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ dispute resolution team before spending nine years with Clifford Chance in London, the last three as a Partner, where he specialised in commercial disputes with a particular focus on corporate, financial services and technology litigation.

Since his return to MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2009, Andrew has been recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the bar in England and Wales (2002) and New Zealand (1994)


LLM, University of British Columbia, 1999
LLB (Hons First Class), University of Otago, 1993
BA, University of Otago, 1993
Areas of Practice

Banking | Capital Markets | Commercial Litigation | Corporate Litigation | Energy | Finance | Information Technology | Insurance | Litigation | Mergers & Acquisitions | Regulatory | Technology | Telecommunications

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global
Ranked as a Leading Individual – Insurance and Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Recognised for Telecommunications Law, Best Lawyers

Insurer Remedies for Fraudulent Claims
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

In its recent decision in Taylor v Asteron Life Ltd,[1] the Court of Appeal discusses the fraudulent claims rule – the first time that this rule has been considered in any detail by an appellate court in New Zealand. The Court held that under this rule, a term is implied into every insurance contract, requiring the insured to act honestly when making a claim...

Court of Appeal Clarifies the Effect of Aggregation Clauses
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

In Moore v IAG New Zealand Limited, the Court of Appeal provides helpful guidance on how aggregation clauses in insurance policies are to be interpreted and applied. Background This case concerned the plaintiff’s home, which was damaged in the February 2011 and June 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Approximately $2.08 million of damage was caused by the February earthquake and $2.77 million of damage was caused by the June earthquake...

No Safe Haven for Contractors Misusing Confidential Information
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

In a recent High Court decision, Haven Insurance Limited v Lombard [2020] NZHC 1248, several former contractors to insurance broker Haven Insurance Limited were held liable for misusing confidential information. Haven’s claim was, however, somewhat hampered by a failure to ensure that the relevant contractual arrangements were properly documented, serving as a reminder to ensure that arrangements are formalised...

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