Third-party litigation funding is permitted in New Zealand. Although the common law torts of maintenance (assisting a party in litigation without justification) and champerty (assisting in consideration of a share of proceeds of the litigation) have not technically been abolished, the recent attitude of the New Zealand courts to third-party funding can be described as ‘cautiously permissive’ and, perhaps, increasingly receptive.

You can keep on top of all the developments in New Zealand by downloading the updated New Zealand chapter, authored by Adina Thorn and Rohan Havelock of Thorn Law Ltd. here.