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Nick Frith

Nick Frith

Partner

Expertise

  • Insurance
  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

Insurance
Co-Chair
Profile
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.

Bar Admissions

New Zealand

Education

LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland
Areas of Practice

Insurance | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a Rising Star – Insurance, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Articles

FMA Releases Report Covering Fire and General Insurers Conduct and Culture
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

The FMA has published its “Insurance conduct and culture: Fire and general insurers update”. The report covers the FMA’s findings from its evaluation of New Zealand fire and general insurers’ review of their operations to ensure a lack of conduct issues following the 2019 Life Insurer Conduct and Culture review. Links to the report and the FMA media release are available online...

A Year of Long Tails and Shop Windows
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2020

The direction of travel in M&A activity and litigation in 2021 Coming to the end of what can safely be described as an unprecedented year, we look ahead to 2021, alive to the fact that predictions are, at best, difficult. While we are currently sailing in relatively calm waters, with economic indicators better than predicted, most commentators agree that a storm is approaching. We simply do not know when or how it will hit...

Court of Appeal Clarifies the Effect of Aggregation Clauses
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

In Moore v IAG New Zealand Limited, the Court of Appeal provides helpful guidance on how aggregation clauses in insurance policies are to be interpreted and applied. Background This case concerned the plaintiff’s home, which was damaged in the February 2011 and June 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Approximately $2.08 million of damage was caused by the February earthquake and $2.77 million of damage was caused by the June earthquake...

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