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Senior Associate

Matthew Prendergast



P+64 3 968 4021

M+64 27 327 2525

Matthew Prendergast

Matthew is a senior associate in our commercial litigation group, based in our Christchurch office.

Matthew specialises in complex commercial disputes, with a particular focus on professional indemnity, insolvency, tort and contract claims, and contentious trust issues.

Matthew acts for clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and disciplinary tribunals, and specialises in resolving disputes and managing reputational risk. Matthew is an award winning advocate - with national and regional recognition in mooting competitions.

Examples of Work

  • Professional liability claims - appointed to act for numerous professionals including valuers, lawyers, engineers, and other professionals, with particular expertise in complex claims involving construction and legal professionals
  • Professional discipline - appointed to act for various professionals in responding to complaints against them to their respective industry bodies
  • K I Commercial Limited v Christchurch City Council - represented the Council in High Court and Court of Appeal in resisting application to recall judgment
  • Canterbury Regional Council v Peacocke & Others - represented the Canterbury Regional Council in claim against former directors of two insolvent companies for breach of directors’ duties and non-payment of fees issued under the Resource Management Act
  • Public Trust v Silverfern Vineyards - represented the Public Trust in successfully setting aside Creditors’ Compromise that purported to unconditionally release personal guarantees given in favour of the Public Trust
  • Greig v Hutchison - successfully represented plaintiff in complex and prolonged claim against relationship and trust property assets of over $30 million, including obtaining orders for indemnity costs against former husband
  • Road Metals Co Ltd v Selwyn District Council - represented Environment Canterbury in Environment Court on direct referral application regarding a large quarry in the Selwyn District
  • Bevan v Bevan & Others - represented trustees in claim against farming assets in context of relationship property dispute
  • Gordhan v Kerdemelidis - represented defendant in successfully resisting enforcement of US$4 million judgment of Nevada State Court in New Zealand
  • Represented large insurer at trial in resisting claim brought by former directors regarding entitlement to directors’ benefits and remuneration
  • Represented solicitor in complex claim brought by former client alleging historical breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Representing trustee in claim brought by beneficiaries alleging various historical and on-going breaches of fiduciary duties

 Other Credentials

  • Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand (RITANZ) - Member
  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association - Member