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Nicholas Chapman

Nick Chapman

Associate (New Zealand)

Nick is a commercial litigator working with banks and other financial institutions.



Nick joined Herbert Smith Freehills' London office in February 2016.  Prior to this, he worked for one of New Zealand's leading law firms, during which time he appeared before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  

Nick studied at Victoria University of Wellington and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class) in 2012.  He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in the same year.  

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Nick has previously worked as a Teaching Fellow as part of Victoria University's course on legal research, writing and advocacy.  

  • RBS and its former directors in their defence of a prospectus liability claim by large groups of investors in connection with a £12 billion rights issue in April 2008
  • the Gibraltarian subsidiary of an international bank in dishonest assistance proceedings brought in respect of the fraudulent activity of one of the bank's former clients
  • a major international bank in a series of disputes regarding the validity of interest rate swap agreements that had been entered into with a number of European local entities  
  • the trustees of a Guernsey trust in a Privy Council appeal against the former trustees