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Tim Rainey is a senior commercial litigator who is highly respected by his colleagues and other members of the profession. He is frequently consulted by other lawyers, their clients and industry groups for advice on discreet legal issues and strategic input to their cases. Tim is often called upon to deliver seminars on burning issues and developments in areas such as property law, the Building Act, Unit Titles Act, construction and negligence.
Tim has worked exclusively in litigation since he was admitted to the bar in 1992. He formed Rainey Law in 2009 and has enjoyed the challenge of building a practice and growing a team who share his passion for the law and providing high level service to clients.
He regularly represents clients in courts and specialist tribunals across New Zealand. A career highlight was his successful appeal to the Supreme Court for clients in Osborne v Auckland Council & Weathertight Homes Tribunal  1 NZLR 766, in which he persuaded the Supreme Court to overturn rulings in four High Court cases and paved the way for numerous claimants by creating new eligibility criteria under the WHRS Act 2006.
He also has considerable experience in conducting mediations, negotiations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. These are important skills as ADR is an integral part of any tool kit for litigators and their clients.
Tim’s skill and expertise spans most areas of commercial litigation. In recent years, his work has focussed mainly in the areas of property and construction disputes, commercial and contractual issues, the Building Act and Unit Titles Act, insurance law and negligence. Tim also has a significant practice in advising and representing parties in trust disputes, relationship property and related issues.