Nicholas Russell

Contact Details

  Address:    Level 1, 
                    5 Cable Street, Wellington
                    PO Box 10-242,
                    Wellington, 6011

  Phone No:  +64 4 499 2684

  Email Nicholas Russell

  PA: Caroline Cheetham

Nicholas Russell has over 20 years’ experience in civil litigation and public law. He has appeared as counsel in a wide range of key cases at the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council, as well as the High Court and Court of Appeal in the Cook Islands.  Prior to joining Harbour Chamber in 2020, Nicholas was a partner at Chen Palmer, New Zealand’s leading specialist public law firm.

Qualifications and Experience

  • LLB (Hons), University of Auckland 1997
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor 1997
  • New Zealand Law Commission 1997-1999
  • Solicitor, Chapman Tripp 1999-2000
  • Associate, Kensington Swan (now Dentons Kensington Swan) 2000-2005
  • Chen Palmer 2005-2020

Main Areas of Practice

  • Public law litigation and judicial review
  • Commercial litigation: contract, tort and equity litigation
  • Media and defamation: advising publishers, broadcasters and producers. Nicholas specialises in defamation litigation and broadcasting standards
  • Regulatory: Advising clients on compliance with or breaches of statutory regulation, particularly in the fields of education, overseas investment and competition. Nicholas also represents clients in these fields in disputes with regulators
  • Health law: Nicholas has acted for health practitioners and regulators on a wide range of matters including regulatory compliance, complaints, professional discipline and associated litigation.


Caroline Cheetham
 PA to Nick Russell
 Phone No: +64 4 499 2684
 Fax No: +64 4 499 2705
 Email Caroline Cheetham