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Nicole Smith (LLB (Hons), FCIArb)

Barrister specialising in
commercial litigation
and arbitration

Nicole Smith, Barrister
Mauao Legal Chambers,
1/9 Prince Avenue,
Mount Maunganui 3116,

Mobile: +64 21 175 9014
Tel: +64 7 572 4211
Skype: nicole.smith1
Nicole is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer. She specialises in disputes with an international element.

NicoleShe has been advising a wide range of clients on dispute resolution matters for over 20 years. She set up her boutique dispute resolution and arbitration practice in 2006. Prior to that she worked for 9 years in the international arbitration group of Clifford Chance in London and four years in the litigation group at Simpson Grierson.

She has appeared as advocate in numerous arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and before many of the leading international institutions. Her clients have included commodity exporters, developers, tourism operators, investors, technology entrepreneurs and construction companies based in numerous jurisdictions, including the Middle East, Russia, the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and New Zealand.

Nicole also has an interest in supporting access to justice through group or class actions. She conducted a successful group action on behalf of over 50 Bay of Plenty businesses against the owners and insurers of the MV Rena, which crashed onto the Astrolabe Reef in October 2011. The claims were settled at a confidential mediation in June 2014.

For a summary of recent cases that Nicole has worked on please click here.

        LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington (1992)

        Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 1993

        Admitted in the United Kingdom in 2000

        Fellow (Arbitration) of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of NZ

        Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom)

        Member of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) NZ National Committee

Nicole is now based in Tauranga and practices as a Barrister sole. She is available to take on instructions to advise on commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration issues for clients based in NZ and in other jurisdictions.

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