Andrew Horne

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Andrew specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. 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 regularly acts for major listed companies and financial institutions in New Zealand and around the world. He is experienced in managing complex, high-value disputes and appearing as an advocate in all levels of the New Zealand courts.  He also regularly settles cases in mediation.

Andrew began his career with our firm before spending nine years with Clifford Chance in London, the last three as a Partner.  Since his return to New Zealand in 2009, he has been recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

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Professional background

Recent work

Synlait Milk

Represented Synlait in a successful Supreme Court appeal to overturn a decision of the Court of Appeal and remove historic land covenants, thereby defeating a neighbouring landowner’s objection to Synlait’s new $280 million dairy processing factory and its claims for compensation.

First FMCA proceeding

Represented ANZ Bank in achieving a negotiated resolution of the first civil penalty proceeding brought by the Financial Markets Authority under the Financial Markets and Conduct Act 2013, with an agreed outcome approved by the Court.

Investor litigation

Represented investors in a successful claim against a former Las Vegas gaming executive arising from misrepresentations in relation to a winery and vineyard investment near Nelson, including obtaining urgent injunctions, succeeding at trial and successfully defending three appeals to the Court of Appeal and an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Refining NZ

Advised and represented Refining NZ in relation to the high profile Refinery to Auckland fuel pipeline leak that disrupted fuel supplies to Auckland International Airport and the Auckland region


Regularly advise and represent insurers, insurance brokers and insureds in all aspects of insurance law, including advising and representing a global insurance broker in all of its ‘errors and omissions’ claims and representing an insurer in all of its Canterbury earthquake claims

IT and cyber

Regularly advise and represent providers and customers in IT project disputes and cyber claims, including defending a $40m claim against a supplier in a major Government IT project, representing an insurance company in a $24m claim against a supplier following a failed project, and regularly acting in cases involving cyber fraud


  • 2002, England and Wales
  • 1994, New Zealand


  • LLM, University of British Columbia
  • BA, LLB (Hons First Class), University of Otago


  • Commercial and Corporate Disputes
  • Insurance Issues and Disputes
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Technology Disputes


  • 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 Litigation Law and Telecommunications Law, Best Lawyers