Alastair Nisbet

LLB / BA(Hons)
Alastair is a solicitor in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team.

Alastair graduated from the University of Otago with a LLB / BA(Hons) in November 2021, completing his dissertation on how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced domestic Chinese historical and legal debates on the South China Sea dispute.

Alastair joined Hesketh Henry as a law graduate in February 2022.

Within the Litigation and Disputes Resolution team, Alastair regularly assists in a variety of matters, including employment, maritime trade and transport, insurance, construction, and dispute resolution.

Alastair has spent time studying in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and has a particular interest in how international and political developments shape the legal landscape.

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Insights & Opinion / Alastair Nisbet

“David v Goliath”: The case for the formal regulation of third-party litigation funding in Aotearoa New Zealand
Litigation is expensive.  The high cost and inherent uncertainty associated with civil litigation creates a daunting financial barrier for those seeking justice for even meritorious claims. This has ...
31.08.2023 Posted in Construction & Disputes
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Is Your Fitness For Purpose Clause Fit For Purpose?
In any claim arising from a construction or supply contract, parties will often look to the contract to see whether there is a fitness for purpose clause.  However, poor drafting can result in confus...
09.08.2023 Posted in Construction & Insurance
Anti-Suit Injunctions in Support of Arbitration Agreements
In a recent decision in which Hesketh Henry acted for the successful applicant, the High Court of New Zealand ordered an anti-suit injunction in support of an agreement to arbitrate – the first such...
06.07.2023 Posted in Trade and Transport
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On your marks, get set, STOP! Revoking an offer of employment
Sometimes, an employer wants to withdraw an offer of employment, especially when the offer was conditional. But what if the employee has already accepted?
10.11.2022 Posted in Employment
Matariki and Fair Pay Agreements
Matariki Te Pire mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki (Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill) received Royal Assent yesterday, and the new Act comes into force today – 12 April 20...
12.04.2022 Posted in Employment
A Landmark Change? – Proposed reform of the occupational regulation of engineers
Engineers engage in building work that is critical to public safety. Despite this, few restrictions are placed on who can carry out and supervise complex and specialised projects that require high levels of professional judgement, skill and technical competence.
07.04.2022 Posted in Construction
Police and Defence Force Vaccination Mandate overturned – is this a big deal or not?
On 25 February 2022, the High Court upheld a challenge to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Specified Work Vaccinations) Order 2021 (“the mandate”).   What was the outcome of this case?  The ...
08.03.2022 Posted in COVID-19 & Employment
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