Nicole Copeland


Nicole is an experienced regulatory lawyer, advising and acting for regulators in disciplinary and criminal litigation, as well as acting for the Crown in criminal proceedings. Nicole also acts for companies, boards and government bodies in health and safety advice and litigation.

Prior to joining Meredith Connell, Nicole worked at a large commercial law firm specialising in commercial, corporate and regulatory advice. She advised New Zealand companies on their obligations under the Commerce Act 1986 and the Fair Trading Act 1986.

Nicole was named a Senior Scholar of the University of Auckland and has been published in the Auckland University Law Review.

  • Acted in an appeal relating to whether an agent was guilty of misconduct in circumstances where an unconditional sale and purchase of a property did not settle, losing the purchasers their deposit. (Complaints Assessment Committee 2003 v Jhagroo)
  • Acted in the sentencing of an accused for one charge of indecently assaulting a child and two charges of breaching parole conditions. The accused had already been subject to a sentence of preventative detention. (R v N)
  • Acted in a sentence indication on multiple charges including manslaughter and driving recklessly causing injury. (R v Pora)

LLB (Hons)/BA, University of Auckland 

Other credentials:

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


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