General Background

Nic practises in most areas of civil and commercial litigation and in employment law. He has extensive trial experience and is known for his client skills and advocacy. He is an accredited mediator (CEDR).

Nic has acted for and provided strategic advice to clients on a wide range of issues and disputes, appearing as counsel as required. He has represented clients in many courts and tribunals and often in long and complex cases.

Nic has advised and represented a range of clients, including in his experience work for individuals, government departments, national and international companies, insurers, investment companies, banks, local authorities, manufacturers, retailers, trustees, and sporting clubs.

In appropriate cases, Nic will take instructions directly from clients, without an instructing solicitor. He can advise clients whether it is appropriate for them.

Between 2001 and 2010, Nic practised from Tanfield Chambers, a leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers in London. He remains an associate member of Tanfield Chambers.

Nic has wide experience in commercial litigation work, including:

  • Breach of confidence
  • Commercial contracts
  • Construction
  • Contractual disputes
  • Corporate governance
  • Documentary credits
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Fair Trading Act
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Freezing injunctions
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property and confidential information
  • Mediation, arbitration and ADR
  • Objections to jurisdiction
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
  • Restraint of trade
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sale of goods and supply of goods and services
  • Tort
  • Trusts
  • Urgent injunctions
     

Nic is experienced in employment work, including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Disciplinary/performance
  • Dismissals
  • Discrimination
  • Drafting agreements
  • Holidays and leave
  • Human rights
  • Occupational health and safety litigation
  • Redundancy
  • Remuneration
  • Restructuring
  • Sale and purchase of businesses
  • Workplace policies
     

Nic is a CEDR accredited mediator and has conducted commercial mediations in the UK and New Zealand.  He is on the AMINZ Mediation Panel and the NZDRC Panel of Mediators.

Nic has been a member of the NZ Law Society Commercial and Business Law Committee since 2010, involved in reform proposals in areas of commercial and consumer law.

Nic has been a member of the NZCLE Litigation Skills Faculty since 2013.

Throughout his career, Nic has undertaken pro bono work for those who cannot afford to pay for legal advice or representation. Nic is committed to the principle of providing free representation in deserving cases.

Selected Recent Cases

Nic has acted for:

  • a property and development management company, claiming breach of contract;
  • a supplier and distributor of building products, defending allegations of negligence and negligent misstatement;
  • an inventor, designer and manufacturer of agricultural machinery, claiming copyright infringement;
  • a telecommunications company, defending allegations of misuse of confidential commercial information and breach of intellectual property rights;
  • an Australian telecommunications company, defending allegations of breach of the Copyright Act and intentionally causing loss by unlawful means;
  • a life insurance, investment and savings company on a bank's claims relating to the investment of a fixed term investment and the engagement and monitoring of an investment management company;
  • a global manufacturer of food processing and packaging equipment systems, defending allegations of negligence and breach of contract;
  • a company, defending allegations of breach of the Copyright Act and use of software without a licence;
  • a trustee/solicitor to the trust in relation to allegations of breach of trust;
  • a leading distributor of medical equipment in injunction proceedings and at trial, defending allegations of breach of contract;
  • a global distributor of biological products, claiming breach of contract and breach of distribution agreements.

Nic has conducted commercial mediations in the UK and in New Zealand. For example, he has successfully mediated:

  • a dispute between a merchant bank in London and one of its managing directors;
  • a franchise dispute;
  • a commercial dispute between lessor, lessee, and (restaurant) sub-lessee;
  • issues arising out of a leaky building dispute;
  • disputes between lawyers and a provider of litigation services;
  • disputes between clients and lawyers.

 Nic's recently reported cases include:

  • Weaver & anor v HML Nominees Ltd & anor CIV-2013-404-003130 [2016] NZHC 473
  • Jedis Ltd v Vodafone New Zealand Ltd [2012] NZHC 2448

Professional Activities

Barrister, Shortland Chambers - 2014 to present

Wilson Harle Barristers & Solicitors, Auckland - 2010 to 2014
Nic joined Wilson Harle in 2010. Wilson Harle is a commercial litigation practice with a broad spectrum of expertise, covering most areas of commerce and international trade. It is recognised by the leading international law directories for its expertise in a number of practice areas.

Barrister, Tanfield Chambers, London - 2001 to 2010 (Associate Tenant from 2010)
Tanfield Chambers is ranked as a leading set of chambers by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Nic remains an Associate Tenant at Tanfield Chambers.

Solicitor, Treasury Solicitor, London - 2000 to 2001
The Treasury Solicitor provides legal services to central government departments. Nic dealt with cases that involved matters of political sensitivity, public interest and legal importance.

Publications and Seminars

Nic is often asked to appear as an expert in the media, including, Radio New Zealand, New Zealand Herald, the Financial Times and Sky News. His recent articles include:

Other Interests:

  • Nic is on the Board of Trustees at Titirangi Primary School.
  • Nic speaks French, having lived and worked in France and Switzerland.

Client comments:

"I just wanted to say how impressed I was with Nic Scampion. He was brilliant and did a great job …"

"Nic is able to identify the key issues, piece together different sources of information, recognise the relative values of different pieces of information, analyse complex information systematically, reach sound judgments, and grasp the essentials right from the outset …"

"Nic has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to cope under pressure, understand the local government political agenda, and act in ways that are compatible with local government goals …"

"Nic is a strong advocate. His oral expression is precise and succinct …"

"… [he is] effective and dynamic when it comes to cross-examination. He speaks with great clarity and fluency."

"Nic has exceptional interpersonal skills …"

"He has fostered good relations with our team and clients …"

"Nic is undoubtedly a high calibre advocate and a very pleasant person to work with …"

"The enthusiasm and commitment shown has been greatly appreciated by both the professional and private individuals involved …"

"Nic has a fantastic 100% [mediation] settlement record, despite the fact that the parties involved were often unrepresented …"

"I have nothing but praise for his professionalism, care and consideration…in what was a traumatic situation …"

"Bravo, your words, wisdom and legal magic resulted in …"

"Amazing"

Nic Scampion

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Qualifications

BSc Hons (Bristol)

CPE/Dip Law (City, London)

BVC (College of Law, London)

Mediator (CEDR, London)

Barrister Sole: England & Wales 2001

Barrister Sole: New Zealand 2014

Areas of Practice

Qualifications

BSc Hons (Bristol)

CPE/Dip Law (City, London)

BVC (College of Law, London)

Mediator (CEDR, London)

Barrister Sole: England & Wales 2001

Barrister Sole: New Zealand 2014

General Background

Nic practises in most areas of civil and commercial litigation and in employment law. He has extensive trial experience and is known for his client skills and advocacy. He is an accredited mediator (CEDR).

Nic has acted for and provided strategic advice to clients on a wide range of issues and disputes, appearing as counsel as required. He has represented clients in many courts and tribunals and often in long and complex cases.

Nic has advised and represented a range of clients, including in his experience work for individuals, government departments, national and international companies, insurers, investment companies, banks, local authorities, manufacturers, retailers, trustees, and sporting clubs.

In appropriate cases, Nic will take instructions directly from clients, without an instructing solicitor. He can advise clients whether it is appropriate for them.

Between 2001 and 2010, Nic practised from Tanfield Chambers, a leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers in London. He remains an associate member of Tanfield Chambers.

Nic has wide experience in commercial litigation work, including:

  • Breach of confidence
  • Commercial contracts
  • Construction
  • Contractual disputes
  • Corporate governance
  • Documentary credits
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Fair Trading Act
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Freezing injunctions
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property and confidential information
  • Mediation, arbitration and ADR
  • Objections to jurisdiction
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
  • Restraint of trade
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sale of goods and supply of goods and services
  • Tort
  • Trusts
  • Urgent injunctions
     

Nic is experienced in employment work, including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Disciplinary/performance
  • Dismissals
  • Discrimination
  • Drafting agreements
  • Holidays and leave
  • Human rights
  • Occupational health and safety litigation
  • Redundancy
  • Remuneration
  • Restructuring
  • Sale and purchase of businesses
  • Workplace policies
     

Nic is a CEDR accredited mediator and has conducted commercial mediations in the UK and New Zealand.  He is on the AMINZ Mediation Panel and the NZDRC Panel of Mediators.

Nic has been a member of the NZ Law Society Commercial and Business Law Committee since 2010, involved in reform proposals in areas of commercial and consumer law.

Nic has been a member of the NZCLE Litigation Skills Faculty since 2013.

Throughout his career, Nic has undertaken pro bono work for those who cannot afford to pay for legal advice or representation. Nic is committed to the principle of providing free representation in deserving cases.

Selected Recent Cases

Nic has acted for:

  • a property and development management company, claiming breach of contract;
  • a supplier and distributor of building products, defending allegations of negligence and negligent misstatement;
  • an inventor, designer and manufacturer of agricultural machinery, claiming copyright infringement;
  • a telecommunications company, defending allegations of misuse of confidential commercial information and breach of intellectual property rights;
  • an Australian telecommunications company, defending allegations of breach of the Copyright Act and intentionally causing loss by unlawful means;
  • a life insurance, investment and savings company on a bank's claims relating to the investment of a fixed term investment and the engagement and monitoring of an investment management company;
  • a global manufacturer of food processing and packaging equipment systems, defending allegations of negligence and breach of contract;
  • a company, defending allegations of breach of the Copyright Act and use of software without a licence;
  • a trustee/solicitor to the trust in relation to allegations of breach of trust;
  • a leading distributor of medical equipment in injunction proceedings and at trial, defending allegations of breach of contract;
  • a global distributor of biological products, claiming breach of contract and breach of distribution agreements.

Nic has conducted commercial mediations in the UK and in New Zealand. For example, he has successfully mediated:

  • a dispute between a merchant bank in London and one of its managing directors;
  • a franchise dispute;
  • a commercial dispute between lessor, lessee, and (restaurant) sub-lessee;
  • issues arising out of a leaky building dispute;
  • disputes between lawyers and a provider of litigation services;
  • disputes between clients and lawyers.

 Nic's recently reported cases include:

  • Weaver & anor v HML Nominees Ltd & anor CIV-2013-404-003130 [2016] NZHC 473
  • Jedis Ltd v Vodafone New Zealand Ltd [2012] NZHC 2448

Professional Activities

Barrister, Shortland Chambers - 2014 to present

Wilson Harle Barristers & Solicitors, Auckland - 2010 to 2014
Nic joined Wilson Harle in 2010. Wilson Harle is a commercial litigation practice with a broad spectrum of expertise, covering most areas of commerce and international trade. It is recognised by the leading international law directories for its expertise in a number of practice areas.

Barrister, Tanfield Chambers, London - 2001 to 2010 (Associate Tenant from 2010)
Tanfield Chambers is ranked as a leading set of chambers by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Nic remains an Associate Tenant at Tanfield Chambers.

Solicitor, Treasury Solicitor, London - 2000 to 2001
The Treasury Solicitor provides legal services to central government departments. Nic dealt with cases that involved matters of political sensitivity, public interest and legal importance.

Publications and Seminars

Nic is often asked to appear as an expert in the media, including, Radio New Zealand, New Zealand Herald, the Financial Times and Sky News. His recent articles include:

Other Interests:

  • Nic is on the Board of Trustees at Titirangi Primary School.
  • Nic speaks French, having lived and worked in France and Switzerland.

Client comments:

"I just wanted to say how impressed I was with Nic Scampion. He was brilliant and did a great job …"

"Nic is able to identify the key issues, piece together different sources of information, recognise the relative values of different pieces of information, analyse complex information systematically, reach sound judgments, and grasp the essentials right from the outset …"

"Nic has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to cope under pressure, understand the local government political agenda, and act in ways that are compatible with local government goals …"

"Nic is a strong advocate. His oral expression is precise and succinct …"

"… [he is] effective and dynamic when it comes to cross-examination. He speaks with great clarity and fluency."

"Nic has exceptional interpersonal skills …"

"He has fostered good relations with our team and clients …"

"Nic is undoubtedly a high calibre advocate and a very pleasant person to work with …"

"The enthusiasm and commitment shown has been greatly appreciated by both the professional and private individuals involved …"

"Nic has a fantastic 100% [mediation] settlement record, despite the fact that the parties involved were often unrepresented …"

"I have nothing but praise for his professionalism, care and consideration…in what was a traumatic situation …"

"Bravo, your words, wisdom and legal magic resulted in …"

"Amazing"