Laura Fraser Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser


Litigation & dispute resolution

Laura advises clients on a broad range of contentious corporate and regulatory issues.

Specialising in the conduct of complex commercial litigation, Laura has represented clients in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court and has acted in numerous alternative dispute resolution forums. She has particular expertise in class actions, administrative law claims, and securities and financial services matters relating to director or corporate liability and insurance. 

Laura also has expertise in the freezing and recovery of misappropriated assets, including cross border enforcement steps, as well as significant experience in digital asset disputes.

Laura began her career as a judges’ clerk at the Supreme Court of New Zealand before completing post graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

She is recognised as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024 and in The Legal 500’s Arbitration Powerlist 2022 - Australasia Region.

Recent highlights

  • Lead counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal in a successful defence of a complex Fair Trading Act and breach of contract claim.
  • Appearing in a series of high-profile judicial review claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Managing large-scale multiple class action claim defences on behalf of an NYSE-listed client.
  • Advising on contentious aspects of large-scale corporate insolvency, including on director duty and insurance issues, as well as on pre-judgment asset protection proceedings.
  • Acting on various successful schemes of arrangement, as well as advising clients in a range of industries on securities and regulatory matters.

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Chapman Tripp announced finalist in 2023 Women in Business Law Awards

Chapman Tripp has been announced as a New Zealand Firm of the Year finalist in the 2023 Women in Business Law Awards, and four of its Partners have also been shortlisted, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession.

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Class actions on a growth path making policy reform urgent

Class actions are on a growth trajectory in New Zealand, fuelled by a mix of factors including increased interest from offshore funders, growing share market activism, increasing data security risk, and a stronger consumer focus in commercial regulation. Our latest publication Class Actions in New Zealand takes stock of the class action landscape in New Zealand.

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Tikanga Māori supports successful Westhaven decision for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

In a decision made by the High Court, the Environment Court has jurisdiction to consider, and make findings about, the relative strengths of hapu and iwi relationships in an area affected by a resource consent application – delivering a successful outcome for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

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