Before joining Richmond Chambers as a junior, Nikki worked as a criminal defence solicitor in Scotland. That provided valuable Court-room experience, working with top advocates in the Scottish legal profession and on a wide range of proceedings (including murder trials, sexual offence cases, and misuse of drug offences).
Nikki has since re-qualified in New Zealand and brings that trial focus to her commercial/civil practice. Nikki works with the senior barristers at Chambers in a variety of different specialties. She has a particular interest in regulatory and judicial review proceedings.
Nikki also has an excellent academic record, having obtained a Masters in Law from Trinity College, Dublin. Nikki is dual qualified in Scotland and New Zealand.
WĀNAKA STAKEHOLDERS GROUP INC v QUEENSTOWN LAKES DISTRICT COUNCIL  NZHC 852 Assisted senior counsel for the plaintiffs in a judicial review proceeding regarding a proposed jet-capable airport at Wanaka.
NZME LIMITED v NINE ENTERTAINMENT CO. HOLDINGS LTD  NZHC 1565, 1567 Assisted senior counsel in relation to submissions made by Stuff NZ (interested third party) with regards to access to, and publication of, commercially sensitive court documents.
LINDSAY v CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY 2018-085-453, District Court, Wellington Acted, with senior counsel, for the appellant, in relation to a decision by the Director of the CAA to impose conditions on the appellant’s medical certificate on the grounds the appellant’s personality traits posed a threat to aviation safety.
HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE v GADECKI* Acted, with senior counsel, for an individual facing double murder charges.
HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE v RUSSELL* Acted, with senior counsel, for an individual facing a murder charge (outcome-downgraded to culpable homicide).
HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE v MCLEOD* Acted, with senior counsel, for an individual facing multiple charges of rape against a number of individuals and assault.
HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE v SIMPSON & ANOR * Acted, with senior counsel, in relation to charges around the misuse of drugs (significant intra-UK drug offending).
* Whilst acting as a Solicitor in Scotland