Nic Soper

Partner, Queenstown

BA, LLB, University of Canterbury


d: +64 3 450 0710

m: +64 27 282 4387


Nic is a specialist litigator, and heads Anderson Lloyd’s Litigation Department.

Nic’s diverse practice experience includes all manner of disputes, including criminal, regulatory, employment, fisheries, health and safety, construction, insolvency, and related civil and commercial litigation.

Nic has represented clients in over 60 jury trials, and dozens of other defended hearings, ranging from allegations of white collar offending involving millions of dollars to charges of murder. In the civil jurisdiction Nic regularly appears as senior Counsel in the High Court in proceedings.

He has been involved in more than 100 serious harm investigations and/or prosecutions, for alleged health and safety offences, including those involving multiple fatalities such as the Cave Creek and the Pike River tragedies. He also represented a number of the countries most substantial corporations on employment matters, including contract negotiations, disciplinary investigations and appearances before the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and Court of Appeal.

A nationally recognised expert on fisheries law, particularly in relation to enforcement and prosecutions, in recent years, he has focused on civil and commercial litigation, encompassing shareholder disputes, construction contracts, professional negligence claims and insurance matters.

Nic enjoys the cut and thrust of litigation, either in negotiations, alternative dispute situations, or the adversarial arena of the courtroom. With his sole objective to achieve the best possible outcome for the client he thrives on cases where the pathway to success is most challenging.