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Michael Maguiness
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Focusing on general commercial disputes, Michael Maguiness specialises in handling professional negligence claims and advising on insurance related matters.

With extensive experience handling a variety of general commercial disputes in both Hong Kong and New Zealand, Michael acts for a wide range of professionals and their insurers with a particular focus on claims against construction professionals including architects, engineers, contractors and surveyors as well as accountants and other financial service professionals.

Michael has acted as monitoring counsel on behalf of insurers and routinely advises insurers on complex coverage issues which arise in relation to professional negligence claims.


Relevant work

Defending a Big Four accounting firm in multi-million dollar High Court proceedings in Hong Kong commenced by the liquidators of an international group of companies relating to alleged audit negligence

 

Advising on a multi-million dollar arbitration against an international architecture and design practice relating to the design of an extension to a major regional theme park in Hong Kong

 

Advising on a claim against an amusement rides manufacturer in relation to the allegedly defective design, manufacture and installation of a ride in the façade of a hotel and casino resort in Macau

 

Defending a global insurance and reinsurance broker in High Court proceedings in Hong Kong relating to the allegedly negligent placement of event cancellation insurance

 

Acting for a global telecommunications company in High Court proceedings in Hong Kong relating to unpaid royalties for the use of mobile phone technology patents pursuant to a patent licence agreement

Memberships

Member of the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association

Member of the Hong Kong Insurers Club Limited

Member of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong