Nick Frith

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Nick Frith is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team.

Nick specialises in commercial litigation.  He has significant experience in contract and tort claims, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as in providing strategic dispute resolution advice.   Nick is experienced in alternative dispute resolution processes.

Nick has a particular focus on insurance disputes across all areas of the industry. He regularly acts for insurers, brokers and insureds (both independently and on instruction from insurers).  He has experience in defending negligence claims against brokers, advising on, negotiating and litigating property damage and business interruption claims (both for insurers and insureds), income protection insurance claims, warranty insurance claims and in defending insured clients in Worksafe and other regulatory investigations.  He also acts for lending institutions in debt recovery and enforcement matters.

Nick spent time on secondment at a major international insurance broking firm which gave him invaluable insight.

Nick is listed as a Rising Star in the Insurance section of Legal 500’s 2019 Asia-Pacific guide.

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Professional background

Recent work

Aon New Zealand

Advised and represented Aon in a significant claim brought by Lyttelton Port Company

Medical Assurance Society

Advising on MAS’ Canterbury earthquake claim resolution and litigation strategy.

Global insurance broker

Acted for a global insurance broker in a dispute over client ownership.

Lloyd’s Syndicates

Acting for Lloyd’s Syndicates insurers in a large-scale agricultural insurance claim involving hundreds of underlying claimants.

Agricultural business

Acting for an orchard manager in claims brought by an orchard owner arising from alleged negligence and breach of contract.

Cyber insurer

Advised a global insurer on a significant cyber insurance claim.

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland

Specialisations

  • Commercial and Corporate Disputes
  • Insurance Issues and Disputes
  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Protection Disputes

Awards

  • Ranked as a Rising Star – Insurance, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific