Litigation Forecast 2024

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    15 February 2024

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As each new year starts, it seems that life gets more complex, with new challenges and opportunities to navigate. New Zealand’s evolving litigation landscape is no different.

Litigation reflects the biggest issues facing New Zealanders today, and into the future – highlighting the things we care about most.

This year’s Litigation Forecast provides an update on the challenges of climate change litigation and greenwashing, sanctions litigation, and the changes in the workplace impacting on business. We also discuss the ongoing recognition of tikanga Māori as a source of law by the New Zealand Courts.

Turning to technology, we examine the complexity of cybersecurity risks and discuss generative AI and the implications for directors and boards.

Finally, we also look at the impact of the Whakaari | White Island proceedings following the devastating eruption in 2019. However, the more things change the more they stay the same. Excellent legal advice, industry knowledge and expertise, astute strategic and procedural thinking and superb client service remain at the heart of dealing skillfully with litigation risk.

Our Tier 1 Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has long-standing experience navigating New Zealand’s most important litigation, and was in the thick of last year’s largest and most complex cases.

With an eventful year projected by many economic analysts, we are eager to continue supporting clients through 2024 and beyond.

Read the Litigation Forecast 2024

Individual articles can be found below:

Come hell or high water: A climate change litigation and greenwashing update
Litigation arising from sanctions: Global sanctions regimes increasing impact on international business
FMA's regulatory priorities and financial litigation themes
The korero continues: Recognition of Tikanga Māori by New Zealand courts
Changes in the workplace impacting business
Cyber risk litigation: Some guidelines for directors and boards
Navigating the legal minefield: Generative AI and its implications for businesses and directors 
Health and safety prosecutions: The outlook post-Whakaari White Island

Introducing our Litigation Forecast podcasts 

Listen in as we share further insights and predictions on litigation trends, industry challenges and legal strategies.

Individual episodes can be found below:

Rising sanctions in New Zealand and beyond
Preventing and responding to a cyber breach: Tips and pitfalls
Unpacking Smith v Fonterra and global climate change trends
Greenwashing claims and risks
Tikanga Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand courts
Health and safety insights and analysing the Whakaari eruption trial
Navigating the employment landscape: What to expect from the new Government
Navigating the employment landscape: Courts, good faith and tikanga