Special Counsel, Wellington

Peter Niven

Peter Niven


Peter specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, insolvency and credit recovery.  He advises both private and public sector clients on a broad range of dispute resolution matters.

He acts on a range of litigation assignments including contractual disputes, rental arbitrations, negligence and professional negligence, insurance, judicial review, and insolvency.

He has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and has also been involved in mediations and arbitrations.

  • Winner of the Victoria University Medal for Academic Excellence
  • Cambridge Trusts Scholarship

Work highlights

Acting for Kiwibank in the successful defence of claims

by a customer alleging breach of contract, misrepresentation, breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986, and contractual misrepresentation (Rudyard Holdings Ltd v Kiwibank Ltd [2014] NZHC 1253)

Acting for Focus Genetics in a contractual dispute

raising complex issues of contract law and property law (Focus Genetics Ltd Partnership v Soldiers Trading Ltd [2015] NZHC 2127)

Advising and acting for an incorporated society in a number of disputes

arising from (for example Gulf Harbour Marine Village Resident's Association Inc v Jan Bain Holdings Ltd [2013] NZHC 2223)

Successfully obtaining defendant's summary judgment

in respect of a judicial review of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust (Taueki v Crown Forestry Rental Trust HC Wellington CIV 2011-485-1497, 17 February 2012)

Acting for a power company before the Gas Industry Company Rulings Panel

in relation to E-Gas Ltd's breaches of the Gas (Downstream Reconciliation) Rules 2008.  In the course of the matter evidence of fraud by E-Gas Ltd was found ultimately leading to two convictions

Acting for a power company

 in respect of a $3m claim for alleged historical overcharging under a supply contract over a period of six years

Alternate contacts

Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

Scott specialises in litigation and insolvency law. He advises both private and public sector clients…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7349
  • M +64 21 822 929


Bridie McKinnon

Partner, Wellington

Bridie has over 15 years' experience in a range of litigation matters in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3563
  • M +64 21 0252 8460