BA, LLB, Senior Associate
Nicholas Lawrence
Nic has been a member of the national Dispute Resolution Team for four years after completing his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Canterbury.

Nic works primarily with Jeremy Johnson and Richard Hern on complex commercial disputes.  He regularly advises clients on matters concerning insolvency, insurance, trusts, defamation and regulatory issues and regularly appears as both sole and junior counsel in the Family Court, District Court and High Court.

Nic’s busy practice saw him promoted to associate after only two years at the bar.  He credits this to the satisfaction he gets from working hard to allow his capabilities as a lawyer to advance his clients’ interests.

When he is not busy advising clients Nic’s legal hobby interest is Sports Law.  He has advised local and national sports organisations on selection issues for their athletes and has assisted with the implementation of formal governance policies.  Nic regularly writes sports law articles, is a member of ANZSLA and in 2017 was selected as a member of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union judicial committee.

"Starting with problems and ending up with useful and practical solutions."
Wynn Williams (Auckland)
Level 25, Vero Centre,
48 Shortland Street,
Auckland 1010,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • Appeared in the High Court for Cullen Group Limited in a highly publicised dispute with the Inland Revenue Department.
  • Appeared in the Family Court in a highly contested relationship property dispute which lasted two weeks covering a wide range of claims, including illusory trust and constructive trust claims.
  • Regularly advises clients on their regulatory obligations under the Credit Contract and Consumer Finance Act 2003 and Fair Trading Act 1986.
  • Acted for a client in settling a substantial defamation claim only days before trial.

Recent Articles


The easy allegation that's hard to prove: appealing selection decisions affected by bias

This article will look at the allegations of bias that have arisen in the New Zealand Sports Tribunal and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to explore how they tend to be decided and the differences between actual and apparent bias.

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Injured player decides to sue – the right thing to do?

Alex McKinnon, a former Newcastle Knights NRL player left a quadriplegic after being upended in a tackle by the Melbourne Storm's Jordan McLean in 2014, is planning to sue the NRL and Mr McLean personally, seeking damages as a result of the incident.

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Update: What's all the buzz about NZ's recent drone regulations?

The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (the CAA) released new rules for the flying of unmanned aircraft beginning 1 August 2015. The changes were aimed at drone operators and are found in Part 101 and Part 102 of the Civil Aviation Rules (the Rules).

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The dry side of the paddle. The importance of understanding selection policies

A recent selection dispute which made its way to the New Zealand Sports Tribunal has highlighted the need for sports bodies, athletes, and the members of sports bodies to pay careful attention to selection criteria and procedures within their operative rules.

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  • Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)
  • Australia New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)

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