DLA Piper steals insurance partner

by Samantha Woodhill19 Oct 2015
Caroline Laband will join the DLA Piper partnership from local top tier Russell McVeagh.

As a former UK barrister, Laband, an insurance litigator, told NZ Lawyer that DLA Piper’s appeal was its international scale and therefore global client base, something she missed from her lawyering in London.

“Being now part of that global DLA Piper network which for me really fits with my background,” Laband.

“It’s a chance for me to bring those two aspects of my career together.”

Specialising in insurance and reinsurance, shipping, professional negligence, banking and financial services, Laband spent her early career practising as a barrister at the prestigious 7 King’s Bench Walk Chambers in London, before moving to New Zealand in 2008.

“The team that I’m going to be going into, the insurance team at DLA Piper is very established and has got some amazing, top quality clients,” she said.

“It’s a chance for me to really focus on the type of work that I love doing.”

In 2013 and 2014, Laband was recognised as an insurance and reinsurance expert in the Who’s Who Legal.  She is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as a Barrister of England and Wales and has a Masters of Laws with honours from Cambridge University.

“One of the short term focusses of course is to understand the dynamic of the team that I will be working with and the people, that’s obviously crucial because without that, nothing else will succeed and flow,” Laband said of the switch, which she’ll officially make in January.

“I think the second thing is to really develop some strong and enduring client relationships and so that will be the focus of the first few months and year at DLA Piper.”