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Nathaniel is an effective litigator, with a proven track record at all levels of the New Zealand court system. He acts as a strategic advisor to clients, both in the context of disputes and on sensitive or high stakes projects, often for public sector entities.
Nathaniel cuts to the chase; he provides succinct, practical advice on a range of private and public law matters. He regularly acts on commercial, statutory and trust disputes, with notable expertise in equitable and cross-border claims. His experience includes seeking (and defending) injunctions, including recently obtaining a worldwide ex parte freezing order over assets valued at more than NZD $100 million.
Nathaniel's international experience includes two years in New York, practising at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP and completing his Master of Laws at Columbia. He frequently writes and speaks on legal issues, particularly on equity and trusts.
He is recognised in Chambers and Partners (High Net Worth) 2022, where he is described as "very easy to work with and very responsive". Legal 500's 2022 Guide ranks him as a "Next Generation Partner" in Restructuring and Insolvency and is recognised by Best Lawyers® New Zealand 2024 Guide for Litigation, Insurance Law and Financial Institutions.
His recent experience includes:
LLB (Hons, First Class), BA, University of Otago.
LLM (James Kent Scholar), Columbia University.
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.
Nathaniel was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2011 and New York in 2017. He is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Nathaniel co-authored the New Zealand chapter of Oxford University Press' "International Trust Disputes". He also authored the 2022 New Zealand chapter of Enforcement of Money Judgements, and co-authored the New Zealand chapters of The Legal 500: Insurance & Reinsurance Comparative guide, Enforcement of Judgments 2022: A Chambers Global Practice Guide and Insurance Litigation 2022: A Chambers Global Practice Guide.
Recent journal publications include "Mediation and unascertained/incapacitated beneficiaries under the Trusts Act 2019"  NZLJ 385, "Proving rectification – apparent intention, outward expressions of accord and a new approach for "non-commercial" agreements"  NZLJ 320, "Without prejudice privilege when seeking the court's blessing" in (2019) 25 Trusts & Trustees 539 and "New Zealand developments in equitable tracing and subrogation: overuse and underuse" in (2018) 24 Trusts & Trustees 879.
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