Important COVID-19 Update


These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, arbitrators, mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

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.