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 Next Generation Partner in the Insurance and Dispute Resolution sections of Legal 500’s 2019 Asia-Pacific guide.

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Professional background

Recent work

High value complex debt recovery for large bank

Advising a major bank in a long-standing multi-million-dollar debt recovery matter involving a number of entities.

Numerous Canterbury earthquake claims

MAS’ sole provider of Canterbury earthquake claims resolution and litigation legal services. The claims involve a full spectrum of issues including policy interpretation, indemnity issues and loss quantification as well as claims processing, management and resolution.

Acting for litigation funder

Acting for a litigation funder in proceedings arising from the settlement of claims.

Claim by orchard management company

Acting for a major orchard management company as insured under a professional indemnity insurance policy.

Claims brought by viticulture customers

Acting for a fertiliser manufacturer, on instructions from its Lloyd’s Syndicate liability insurers, in defence of claims brought by viticulture customers.

Advising insureds with respect to their insurance arrangements

Trusted advisor to a number of large New Zealand businesses (including listed companies) in respect of the placement of their insurance arrangements.

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 Next Generation Partner – Dispute Resolution and Insurance, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific