Nikki Pender



Nikki holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Administrative Law and Policy from the University of Sydney. She qualified as a lawyer in New Zealand in 1989 and was admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales and the Commonwealth of Australia in 1995.

Nikki is a senior litigator with extensive trial and dispute resolution experience in the following areas:

Public, Constitutional and Bill of Rights Law
Competition, Economic Regulation and Consumer Law
Coronial inquests
Relationship Property
Professional Disciplinary
Building & Construction litigation
Contract and tort disputes

Nikki worked at the Crown Law Office from 1988 to 1994 as an Assistant Crown Counsel and Crown Counsel, representing the government primarily in public and commercial/regulatory litigation. Since then, she has frequently crossed the private/public divide: from advising business clients on their government interactions to acting for regulatory agencies, including the NSW Crime Commission, NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and NZ Commerce Commission.

Nikki is also an experienced trainer and an accredited NLP practitioner. She founded the Australasian legal skills training business, Legal Empowerment, and is one of the teachers of the NZ Law Society’s annual Introduction to High Court Civil Litigation entry level programme.

Off-duty, Nikki will be found hanging out with Steve Douché and their daughter, Phoebe (born 2010). She loves to dance, cook, read, travel and knit (don’t knock it!) and is also an avid follower of political, economic and social issues.

Nikki’s cases include:

Major Electricity Electricity Users’ Group Inc v Commerce Commission [2015] NZHC 1042; [2014] NZHC 1765
Northern Action Group Inc v Local Government Commission [2015] 3 NZLR 538
Complaints Assessment Committee v Gollins [2015] NZREADT 26; [2015] NZREADT 2;
Maunder v Sanderson [2015] NZFC 2200;
Wellington International Airport Ltd v Commerce Commission [2013] NZHC 3289
M v S [2013] NZHC 615; [2012] NZCA 574; [2012] NZHC 1709
Wellington International Airport Ltd v Commerce Commission NZHC 22 December 2011
Wellington International Airport Ltd v Commerce Commission (2011) 20 PRNZ 823
McVicar v District Court at Wellington [2011] NZHC 20
Boscawen v Attorney General [2008] NZAR 44 (HC); [2008] NZAR 468 (HC); [2009] 2 NZLR 229 (CA)
A v NZ Parole Board & McNamara [2008] NZAR 703 (HC)
Air New Zealand v Commerce Commission (No 6) (2004) 11 TCLR 347 (HC)
Commerce Commission v Grenadier Real Estate Ltd [2004] 2 NZLR 186 (CA)
Brambles New Zealand Ltd v Commerce Commission (2003) 10 TCLR 868 (HC)
Nikoo v Removal Review Authority [1994] NZAR 509 (HC)
Gholami v Minister of Immigration [1994] NZAR 257 (HC)
Customs Agents Wellington Ltd v Comptroller of Customs [1994] 2 NZLR 759 (HC)
Comptroller of Customs v Martin Square Motors Ltd [1993] 3 NZLR 289 (CA)