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Andy NichollsAndy Nicholls

Andy Nicholls

Andy Nicholls

Managing Partner - Wellington

M:+64 27 491 4892

T:+64 4 498 6319


F:+64 4 472 7111



BCom, LLB, University of Auckland


1996, New Zealand


Andy is a partner in our corporate & commercial  team focusing on regulatory law, competition law and public law.

Andy is New Zealand’s leading regulatory lawyer, advising clients on regulatory and competition law issues in the electricity, gas, telecommunications and airport sectors.

Andy also advises both public and private sector clients and foreign governments on law reform.  His experience includes advising on reform of economic regulation; climate change policy and legal issues; new telecommunications regimes; securities legislation; the reform of state trading enterprises in Tonga and the Solomon Islands; and the Government of Samoa on reforms to improve the economic utilisation of customary land.

He is recommended as a leading lawyer in public law by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 and was named the Best Lawyers' 2014-15 Wellington Competition and Consumer Law "Lawyer of the Year".  Andy has also been recognised as Foreign Expert by Chambers Global 2016 for his work in the Pacific Islands.

Recent experience

Andy has advised:

  • Chorus on all forms of telecommunications regulation, including wholesale access, non-discrimination obligations and the structural split of Spark (formerly Telecom) and Chorus
  • Powerco on the Commerce Commission’s price control of gas and electricity lines services
  • Christchurch Airport on regulatory inquiries, information disclosure obligations and setting of aeronautical charges
  • Meridian on the Electricity Commission’s proposals for transmission investment and pricing
  • clients with their response to the Government’s climate change policy, including submissions to select committee and discussions with officials, and
  • on competition law issues in the agriculture sector, including the rationalisation of dairy and red meat processing; the electricity sector, including the development of a hedge market and particular unique hedge arrangements; and the telecommunications sector.