Fee Langstone Partners (L to R) Matthew Atkinson, Pauline Davies, Philippa Fee, Craig Langstone, Cecily Brick

Clyde & Co has formed an association in New Zealand with Auckland-based insurance litigation boutique Fee Langstone.

The two firms will enter into a “best friends” relationship in which they will work together on cases, refer work to one another and collaborate on marketing initiatives throughout the Asia Pacific.

“It’s strategic to collaborate with a leading New Zealand law firm [and] to be able to provide a comprehensive service for clients with interests in New Zealand,”  said Dean Carrigan, Clyde & Co’s Australia managing partner.

Carrigan said Fee Langstone has worked with clients on New Zealand-related matters for many years.

Led by co-founding partners Philippa Fee and Craig Langstone, Fee Langstone has about 20 lawyers, including five partners. The firm’s practice covers a range of insurance disputes, including professional negligence, directors’ and officers’ liability and shipping and aviation matters.

In May 2017, Fee Langstone partner Cecily Brick successfully defended Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd., one of the country’s largest insurers, on a dispute arising from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake before the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

The firm was renamed Fee Langstone in 2015 after former partner Greg Jones split off the partnership.

New Zealand is the second association Clyde & Co has sealed in the past month. In November, the firm also entered into a relationship with seven-lawyer Malaysian firm Shaikh David & Co. Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific, Clyde & Co also has associate offices in Mongolia, India and Indonesia.