18 August 2021 | IMPORTANT NOTICE


In line with Ministry of Health guidance, our staff are currently working remotely. They remain available to assist and it is business as usual. However, we ask that wherever possible you contact us online or by email to registrar@nziac.com.

If you need to courier documents, please contact our Registry staff in the first instance to confirm the appropriate delivery details.

He waka eke noa.

Nicole Smith

Bay of PlentyNew Zealand

Arbitration | Arb-Med

Nationality: Irish, New Zealander

Area of Expertise: Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial, Consumer, Energy, Environmental, Financial Services, Mining, Oil and Gas, Property and Property Planning, Real Estate, Treaty

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law, International Law

Languages: English

LLB (Hons) | FCIArb | FAMINZ (Arb)

Nicole Smith is a Barrister practising in New Zealand. She is also a solicitor (admitted in England and Wales) acting as a consultant to Keystone Law (UK). She specialises in arbitration and dispute resolution, sitting as an arbitrator and also acting as an advocate. She spent 12 years in London, including 9 years in the international arbitration group at Clifford Chance. Many of her cases involve an international element; acting for NZ based companies with an international presence.

She has a particular expertise in the energy industry and has acted for a number of international energy companies on supply disputes and disputes relating to operational issues. She has acted on a number of shareholder and commercial investment disputes, many of which involve former CIS states. Nicole specialises in cross-border trade disputes, finance, energy and environmental issues and is currently representing the Mataatua District Maori Council in a claim before the Waitangi Tribunal in relation to climate change issues. She is also a member of the ICC Taskforce on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes.

She is a member of the AMINZ Council, a Fellow of AMINZ and also of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.