Nicole Copeland

Associate

Nicole is an experienced civil and regulatory lawyer, with particular experience in commercial regulatory cases, tort claims and professional disciplinary proceedings. She has extensive advisory experience, helping government clients, regulators and private clients comply with core public legislation. 

Nicole joined MC in 2013 after starting her career at Chapman Tripp.  From late 2021 she spent a year as the Senior Legal Advisor and Team Leader for the Health and Disability Investigation Team at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, returning to MC in early 2022. 

Nicole also conducts criminal trials in the District Court and High Court as a Crown prosecutor.  She has also prosecuted matters for a variety of clients, including the New Zealand Police, Commerce Commission and Real Estate Authority, and has significant experience in the Youth Court.

  • Working on a claim by the Ministry of Education seeking to recover losses suffered as a result of defective cladding on school buildings.
  • Senior Legal Advisor and Team Leader for the Health and Disability Investigation Team at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.
  • Acted for the REA in the leading Court of Appeal decision on conflicts of interest under the Real Estate Agents Act (Barfoot & Thompson v REA).

BA/LLB(Hons), University of Auckland 

Other credentials:

  • Senior Scholar (2012)
  • First in Criminal Law and Policy Honours (2010)

 Articles:

  • Nicole Copeland "Third-party violence against children: the Crimes Amendment Act (No 3) 2011" (2011) 17 AULR 321