Beth Murphy, Senior Associate


Phone:+61 2 8214 3524

Mobile:+61 428 642 477


Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Auckland


2012, High Court New Zealand
2017, Supreme Court of NSW

Beth is a commercial litigation lawyer who has represented Australian, English, New Zealand and multi-national clients (including FSTE 100 and NZX 50 companies) in a wide range of disputes and investigations.  She has particular experience in insolvency, insurance, banking and finance litigation and regulatory disputes.  Beth also has expertise in cross-border litigation.

Some of Beth’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for a bank in an international regulatory investigation concerning breaches of US economic sanctions
  • Representing a bank in an enforcement action by the UK Financial Conduct Authority for potential breaches of money laundering regulations
  • Representing Italian bank Dexia Crediop S.p.A in a challenge to jurisdiction in the United Kingdom
  • Acting for an energy company in an international tax dispute in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Representing four major trading banks in upholding Solid Energy’s Part 14 Creditors’ compromise in New Zealand
  • Acting for AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited in the Steigrad (Bridgecorp) litigation
  • Acting for a contract works insurer in proceedings relating to the collapse of an inner-city heritage building during renovation works
  • Representing a health and life insurer on contentious claims under health and disability and income protection, including claims of total and permanent disablement
  • Representing Aorangi Forests Limited in successful New Zealand High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings to remove a caveat preventing the exercise of its security
  • acting for the New Zealand Earthquake Commission in multiple natural disaster insurance cases before the High Court of New Zealand

Prior to joining Webb Henderson in 2017, Beth worked in the disputes team at Slaughter and May in London where she represented large corporate clients in a range of complex civil and regulatory disputes.  Before her time in the UK, Beth worked as a litigator at Chapman Tripp in New Zealand and had several appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal.