recognised leaders in the development of the law of negligence

Who we are

For over thirty years the lawyers at Heaney & Partners have been establishing reputations as recognised leaders in the development of the law of negligence.

The insurance companies, local authorities, real estate agents, professionals, employers and others who choose us to handle their claims want their problems resolved quickly and without fuss. 

They trust that we will partner with them to find the safest path to the most satisfactory solution.   

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Our partners lead a strong team of litigation and dispute resolution lawyers. We are skilled advocates and are renowned for our ability to achieve quality outcomes for our clients in the resolution of claims through mediation and other dispute resolution processes. We are also seasoned trial lawyers and have represented clients in many of New Zealand’s most important, precedent setting, negligence cases. 




“We know that when our clients have a claim, Heaney & Partners will look after them. If there is a need to have tough conversations, Heaney & Partners manage them with sensitivity.
Heaney & Partners have developed a close working relationship with a large group client who receive legal assistance nationwide across a range of legal areas including regulatory, conveyancing, employment disputes and litigation amongst others.
Watching Heaney & Partners work with this group client over the past five years has been a masterclass in the marriage of professional legal work and relationship management.”

Andrew Jollands
Liability Schemes Manager - Commercial UW Liability/NZI

“As an advisor depending on third party acumen to fully deliver our customer promise, we could not have chosen a better legal companion than Heaney & Partners. Our client friends at Harcourts agencies throughout New Zealand know they can expect insightful, practical and swift advice the moment they recognise a liability. Heated moments need cool heads.”

Satpreet Chandra
Sales & Relationship Manager/Crombie Lockwood

“Having been in the insurance industry for in excess of 20 years and having many dealings with numerous law firms during this time I can highly recommend Heaney & Partners.  Their professionalism and common sense approach makes you feel that you have hired a team of legal advocates who care, who will keep you informed, who will fight for you and you clients , and be the voice needed to represent you.”

Shane Twemlow
Executive Director/Aon New Zealand

“I have worked with a number of the partners and legal staff of Heaney & Partners on over 30 cases and they are all excellent to deal with.”

Phil Saunders
Principal Building Advisor/Hamilton City Council

“Good lawyers try to deliver, but great lawyers actually DELIVER! Heaney & Partners consistently do what they say they will and get it executed by when they say they will. I have found the team at Heaney & Partners devotion to excellence, brilliant knowledge of the law and delivering on their commitments to be First Class every step of the way. I cannot give a strong enough recommendation.”

Shane Twemlow
Executive Director /Aon New Zealand

“We have found their staff to be pleasant to work with, efficient and effective. We have together had some outstanding results in high court trials.... As well as being experienced trial lawyers, those at Heaney & Partners have significant experience in conducting mediations and we have been pleased with the results they have achieved over the years.”

Paul Carpenter


The cases we have been involved in are written about by academics and studied by law students. We have been instrumental in shaping the law in this country. 

We are recognised leaders in the development of the law of negligence. 




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