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Senior Associate

Nick Chapman

LLB BA(Hons) LLM(Dist)(UCL)


P+64 9 924 3577

M+64 27 310 2171

Nick Chapman

Nick is a senior associate in the commercial litigation team in the firm’s Wellington office.

Nick has a broad range of experience in dealing with complex, high-stakes disputes across a range of different sectors. He has a particular focus on class actions, banking/financial services, insurance, public law, telecommunications, energy, and construction. He has appeared before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Simpson Grierson, Nick worked for Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy in London.

Examples of Work

  • Acting for a large state-owned organisation in the United Kingdom in relation to a class action valued at £210 million brought by claimants alleging they had suffered losses as a result of the organisation’s IT systems
  • Defending the Royal Bank of Scotland and its former directors in a £4 billion prospectus liability class action brought by large groups of investors
  • Representing a large energy company in proceedings seeking a US$1.3 billion payment under a construction ‘all risks’ insurance policy, arising as a result of the failed construction of an offshore oil platform in the North Sea
  • Advising a heavy lifting transport and logistics company in relation to a €70 million claim on a warranty and indemnity insurance policy following the purchase of a rival company
  • Advising a large inter-dealer broker of financial instruments in relation to simultaneous market abuse investigations by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority
  • Various high-profile commercial and regulatory disputes as part of an eleven-month secondment with O2, the second-largest mobile network operator in the United Kingdom
  • Acting for the Fire Service in a successful appeal to the Supreme Court questioning the legality of insurance arrangements that sought to minimise a levy that would otherwise be payable under the Fire Service Act 1975
  • Representing a corporate trustee company in proceedings before the Court of Appeal that successfully sought to reconcile competing statutory provisions as to the entitlements of KiwiSaver members upon bankruptcy