Alastair Nisbet

LLB / BA(Hons)
Alastair is a solicitor in the Disputes 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

Insurance Contract Law – Parliament finally gets to consider long-awaited reforms
The Government’s Contracts of Insurance Bill was introduced on 30 April 2024.  See our article on this Bill. In February 2022, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released an...
24.04.2024 Posted in Insurance
Gloriavale and BNZ – where is the line on the right of accessibility to services?
Whether accessibility to banking services is a fundamental right is an issue that is currently before the High Court in the dispute between Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) and the Christian Church Community...
07.12.2023 Posted in Insurance
“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
employee signature
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
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