Nicola Russ Partner

Nicola heads our Finance & Insolvency team, and is also a partner in the Business team. While her primary practise is finance, insolvency, energy and commercial construction, she also works closely with our corporate and business clients both in New Zealand and overseas.

For over 16 years, Nicola has worked with our corporate clients in the motor vehicle finance industry and the energy and construction sector. As a consequence she has developed a very holistic and pragmatic approach to her practice, akin to an in-house legal counsel. Nicola can help resolve daily business issues, including general risk, finance, compliance, and governance, through to structuring business and finance transactions, advising on larger construction projects both here and overseas, and supporting her clients if things go "wrong".

Outside of work, Nicola devotes most of her time to family, supporting her daughters with their dancing and other interests. Her passion is "adventures in the outdoors", including adventure running and mountain biking.

Nicola regularly contributes to our blog, Your Savvy Lawyer. She is a member of the Financial Services Federation and the Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand Incorporated (RTANZ).


“Our size gives me the flexibility to maintain personal connections with my clients, to be part of their team, to listen and understand "their" business, to make a meaningful and positive contribution, to really care.”


Nicola's areas of expertise

  • Finance and securities, including asset restructures and lending
  • Corporate insolvency
  • Energy and Commercial Construction projects (including FIDIC, NZS and NEC)
  • Business sales and purchase
  • General commercial and contract advice
  • Regulatory/compliance including PPSA, finance, anti-money laundering, corporate governance, advertising, product warranties
  • Shareholder arrangements and succession planning



LLB (Hons) University of Otago 2000

Bachelor of Nursing 1997


Professional Memberships

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

New Zealand Law Society

NZ Law

Financial Services Federation