Jai Moss St Asaph Chambers 10/245 St Asaph St, Christchurch
PO Box 44 Christchurch New Zealand
+64 03 339 2207
+64 00 282 5514509
+64 0 22 177 1027
Jai Moss

I specialise in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation. In particular, as a result of the current environment in Christchurch following the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, I have developed a specialty in earthquake and insurance litigation.

I qualified from Canterbury University with a Law degree with Honours in 1997. Following that, I practised as a commercial litigator in London, Sydney and New Zealand in a variety of magic circle, national, mid size and boutique litigation law firms. In 2011, I became a barrister sole.

I have experience in a wide variety of cases including insurance litigation, contract and commercial disputes, property and lease disputes, Companies Act, director and shareholder disputes, insolvency matters, professional negligence, trust and estate matters, defamation, civil fraud, and relationship property litigation.

I have appeared as sole and lead counsel at all levels of New Zealand courts up to the Court of Appeal, and regularly appear in arbitrations. I have also been appointed amicus curiae by the High Court.

In 2016 I established St Asaph Chambers. Along with me in the Chambers, there are three junior barristers, Corbin Child, Noor Hamid, and Gary Davis, and our chambers manager, Charlotte Gavin. Corbin, Noor and Gary are all incredibly capable barristers and specialise in insurance and commercial litigation. They provide invaluable assistance on a variety of matters and in particular on the large number of earthquake claims I have on.

  • LLB (Hons) (Cant) 1997
  • Admission as Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand 1998
  • Admission as Solicitor in NSW, Australia 2007
  • Barrister Sole (New Zealand) 2011
Recent Cases
  • SOL Management Ltd (in liquidation) v RFD Finance Ltd [2015] NZCA 254
  • Strong v Hurunui Hotel (2004) Ltd [2015] NZHC 1216
  • Hurunui Estate (2002) Ltd v Hurunui Hotel (2004) Ltd [2015] NZHC 1152
  • Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery v Ace Developments Ltd & Ace Sales Ltd [2015] NZHC 1027
  • Walker v Castlereagh Properties Ltd [2015] NZHC 907
  • RFD Finance Ltd v SOL Management Ltd (in liquidation) [2014] NZHC 801
  • Hyndman v Newson (as liquidator for the Gibbston Downs Wines Ltd) (in liq) [2014] NZHC 2513
  • Boiler Gully Heights Ltd v White & Ors Auck DC, CIV-2013-004-1941, 18 September 2014, DCJ Blackie
  • Property Funding Ltd v King [2014] NZHC 2490
  • Duddy v Jonke [2014] NZFC 7105
  • Powell v Powell (No 1) [2014] NZHC 476 and (No 2) [2014] NZHC 2096
  • Walker v Gibbston Water Services Ltd [2014] NZHC 2933 (pending appeal)
  • Body Corporate 83501 v Christchurch City Council & Ors [2013] NZHC 2472
  • King v Norfolk Nominees [2013] NZHC 1232 (amicus curiae)
  • DB Breweries Ltd v Hyndman [2012] NZHC 2897
  • Healy Holmberg Trading Partnership v Grant [2012] NZLR 614 (CA)
  • Fowler Developments Ltd v Robertson & NZ Home Bonds Ltd [2012] NZHC 1218
Areas Of Practice
  • Civil fraud
  • Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • Commercial and Contract disputes
  • Companies Act, director and shareholder disputes
  • Defamation
  • Equity
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Land Law and Property Litigation
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Relationship Property
  • Tort Liability
  • Trusts and Estates