Matt Josephson


Matt Josephson has been a civil litigation lawyer for over 20 years.  Before starting as a lawyer, Matt had worked in the rural and banking sectors.  He holds degrees in arts (History and English), and from Lincoln College in agricultural commerce, as well as banking qualifications.

Matt commenced his legal career at Heaney Jones, a boutique insurance litigation firm, in 1992.   He worked primarily in the insurance area until 2000. In the course of his legal career, he has worked in almost all areas of commercial and civil litigation.

Matt has done a great deal of work in the leaky building and construction areas, working primarily for homeowners to recover the cost of repairing their homes.  He has been closely involved in many of the leading leaky building cases.

Matt has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  He has done cases in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal and the District Court, and has vast experience in mediations and arbitrations.  In the High Court, he has conducted trials ranging in length from one week to six weeks, usually acting for plaintiffs.


Some of the cases that have proceeded to hearings in which Matt was counsel are:

Dicks v Hobson Swan Construction Ltd (2006) 7 NZCPR  881

ORIX New Zealand Ltd v Milne [2007] 3 NZLR 637

Body Corporate 188529 v North Shore City Council [2008] 3 NZLR 479

Body Corporate 189855 v North Shore City Council (Byron Avenue) (HC Auckland, CIV-2005-404-5561, 25 July 2008)

Body Corporate 185960 v North Shore City Council (Kilham Mews) (HC Auckland, CIV-2006-404-3535, 22 December 2008)

Body Corporate 183523 v Tony Tay & Associates Ltd (HC Auckland, CIV-2004-404-4824, 30 March 2009)

O’Hagan v Body Corporate 189855 (Byron Avenue) [2010] 3 NZLR 445 (CA)

North Shore City Council v Body Corporate 188529 (Sunset Terraces) [2010] 3 NZLR 486 (CA)

Coughlan v Abernethy (HC Auckland, CIV-2009-004-2374, 20 October 2010)

North Shore City Council v Body Corporate 188529 (Sunset Terraces) and North Shore City Council v Body Corporate 189855 (Byron Avenue) [2011] 2 NZLR 289 (SC)

Body Corporate 207624 v North Shore City Council (Spencer on Byron) [2013] 2 NZLR 297 (SC)

Body Corporate 331094 v The Landings Parnell Ltd (HC Auckland, CIV-2011-404-1561)

Body Corporate 160361 v BC 2004 Ltd and BC 2009 Ltd (HC Auckland, CIV-2011-404-4890, 31 July 2015)

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