I joined the Saunders & Co litigation team in 2019. My focus is on civil litigation including insurance matters, construction disputes, debt recovery and employment matters.
Prior to joining Saunders & Co, I was a litigation solicitor with a Christchurch firm. I developed specialised knowledge in earthquake insurance matters, class action litigation, incorporated society disputes, relationship property, employment matters and alternative dispute resolution.
During my legal studies at University of Canterbury I clerked at a local barrister’s chambers. There, I gained valuable experience with top Queen’s Counsel and barristers working on insurance disputes, professional negligence and disciplinary matters, commercial, property and family disputes, public law matters, Coronial inquests and defending regulatory agency prosecutions.
I enjoy working with clients to develop pathways through complex and thorny issues. I endeavour to help each client achieve resolutions that are suitable for their individual circumstances; whether through negotiation, Court proceedings or alternative dispute resolution. My clients appreciate my delivery of pragmatic advice with warmth and empathy.
I am a member of Canterbury Womens Legal Association and the New Zealand Animal Law Association. I am also a consultant to the committee of a local animal rescue organisation.
What My Clients Say
In response to our survey, Paul says,
"It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to highlight the appreciated guidance that Jessica Manson and David Lang gave. All true, all testament to both. I very, very rarely bother with surveys but everyone recognises great service when they receive it, and it’s then so enjoyable to pay it back, or forward, in some small way.Paul B
“It is the people in any business that make or break it and in this case Jessica brought that important human touch to the proceedings.”Malcolm M
If you’re in the construction industry, chances are you’re familiar with the retentions regime prescribed by the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA).
On 15 June 2021, the Government announced the compensation package for affected claimants could total up to $313 million if every eligible policyholder applied for compensation. A policyholder is eligible if they are a SR claimant who settled their claim before the 1 October 2014. Read more from Jessica Manson.