Toby Gee has more than 24 years’ experience as a trial lawyer and specialist counsel. He completed his training as a barrister in the Inner Temple, London in 1992-1993. From 1993 until 2013, he practised as a barrister at Crown Office Chambers in London, instructed by many leading UK firms of solicitors to represent insurers, other corporate entities, government entities and individuals in civil claims at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal.
Toby’s main specialisms are in insurance, commercial/contractual disputes, professional liability, medico-legal matters, product liability (medical and non-medical), engineering and construction, and health and safety.
He is a member of Lambton Chambers in Wellington.
In 1997 Toby was a Pegasus Scholar at Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young (as it then was) in Wellington. While on a sabbatical from his London practice in 2005-2006, as well as working in the policy group at ACC he worked with several Wellington barristers on a variety of civil disputes.
Since moving to New Zealand in 2013, Toby has represented a wide variety of corporate, professional and public clients, in relation to dispute avoidance, resolution and litigation, in commercial civil matters, insurance and health & safety. Clients have included banks, insurance companies, lawyers, real estate agents, crown entities, national and industry bodies, large and small companies, trusts and individuals. He has appeared as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court, and at mediations, in claims valued up to and over $10M. During this time Toby has been lead or co-counsel in a wide variety of disputes including:
- Representing an insurer in a technical liability insurance claim by a financial institution with a value of some $7.5M
- Representing a corporate tenant and its insurer in a complex multi-party claim arising out of earthquake damage to a modern commercial building
- Advising in a breach of warranty claim valued at some $60M
- Representing a law firm in a professional liability claim, in the Court of Appeal
- Acting for a company making a substantial claim against its electricity supplier for overcharging over several years
- Acting for an aeronautical engineering and services company in relation to a commercial dispute with an airline over provision of services
- Acting for a bank, including advising its board on strategy, in relation to a substantial commercial relationship dispute with another major national company
- Advising the trustees of a trust managing the proceeds of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement on mediation and dispute resolution procedures.
Toby is also an experienced negotiator, having been accredited as a mediator in the UK (ADR Group, 2004) and in New Zealand (LEADR, 2005). He was recognised as a mediator and Corporate Panel Member by the Dispute Board Federation in 2009, and as a mediator and dispute board member by TECBAR (the London Technology and Construction Bar Association) in 2011.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Toby acted as a judge in the New Zealand Law Society’s High Court Litigation Skills course in Wellington, run by Paul Radich QC.
Toby also has significant governance experience through having been Chair of the trustees of UK charity Porters’ Progress UK (2007-2012), Deputy Chair of the the Lambeth Law Centre (2004), and a school governor at the Dulwich Village Church of England Primary School (2012-2013).
His work has included public policy, assisting ACC in devising new policies on matters such as the strategic management of appeals, and leading the development and implementation of an ethical framework for ACC’s interactions with external entities.