Andrew Horne

Partner - 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.

Professional background

Recent work

Refining NZ

Advised Refining NZ in relation to the Refinery to Auckland fuel pipeline leak in September 2017 that disrupted fuel supplies to Auckland International Airport and the Auckland region.

Across the board of insurance

Regularly advises insurers, insurance brokers and insureds in all aspects of insurance law, including representing MAS in its Canterbury earthquake claims and related matters.

A major financial institution

Represented a financial institution in resolving a $60 million negligence claim, related insurance claims and third party claims against the insurers of a defunct construction firm, arising out of defects at a commercial building complex.

Receivers of Pike River Coal

Advised Pike River Coal’s receivers in achieving an $80 million property damage and business interruption claim settlement from the Pike River mine disaster.

Diligent Corporation

Represented Diligent in High Court proceedings to validate listed securities and resolve related issues with the FMA and NZX.

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC)

Represented LIC in successful High Court injunction proceedings and a subsequent trial against breeders and other livestock companies claiming misuse of intellectual property.


Represented its directors in resolving High Court regulatory proceedings alleging breaches of continuous disclosure obligations.


  • 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 Telecommunications Law, Best Lawyers