GCA Lawyers is a Christchurch law firm that specialises in complex litigation, particularly class actions.
Over the last 4 years the firm has acted for Canterbury homeowners affected by the earthquakes and has settled domestic and commercial insurance claims with a wide range of insurers worth tens of millions of dollars.
Over the last 23 years, the firm has conducted many group or class actions (with only 1 loss) and has succeeded against large companies and the government numerous times. Some of the more well-known class actions are Renshaw Edwards v New Zealand Law Society; acting for the Estates, Families and Survivors of Cave Creek, and Children of Lake Alice v Crown. More details about the firm and Grant can be accessed at its website.
Recently the firm won a significant action before the Supreme Court in the Quake Outcasts case against the Crown (for uninsured, vacant land and commercial land owners in Christchurch red zones). Currently, it is also advancing a major commercial class action involving Securities Act issues for a large number of unit owners in a substantial NZ resort.
The case will be funded by LLS (NZ) Ltd, a NZ based litigation funder (indemnified by its Sydney based parent company) which provides funding to parties bringing proceedings in a broad range of areas, including corporate and commercial claims, and class actions. LLS has been operating successfully in Australia for many years. For more information see http://www.litigationlending.com.au/.
The class action will be run by GCA’s litigation team which is very experienced in class actions and insurance issues. Other specialist parties have been contracted to assist as required.
Also, GCA Lawyers has engaged several top barristers to drive the case with Francis Cooke QC leading the case. Details of Francis Cooke’s practice and fields of expertise can be found on this website.