Alex Nelder

Senior Associate



Alex is a senior associate in Russell McVeagh’s litigation team. He has acted on a wide range of matters, with particular expertise in:

  • Contractual disputes (including warranty claims).
  • Urgent applications.
  • Judicial review and disputes under the Official Information Act.

In addition, Alex has acted on a number of large-scale transactions by scheme of arrangement, including the recent demerger of Trustpower Limited, and the acquisition of Radius Properties Ltd. 


Alex's recent cases include:

  • Acting on a number of complex schemes of arrangements, including:
    • appearing as counsel in the demerger of Trustpower by way of scheme of arrangement (Re Trustpower Ltd [2016] NZHC 2499 and [2016] NZHC 1830); and
    • appearing as counsel for a target company in the first takeover of an unlisted company under the amended Companies Act legislation (Re Radius Properties Ltd [2017] NZHC 473).
  • Acting for a property developer in multi-million dollar litigation concerning the distinction between fixtures and chattels (Queenstown Central Ltd v March Construction Ltd [2016] NZHC 1884.
  • Acting in arbitral proceedings on a number of confidential contractual disputes between a windfarm and its turbine manufacturer.
  • Acting for an international bank in a multi-million dollar claim regarding the potential invalidation of a guarantee. 
  • Advising a number of New Zealand's largest companies in relation to warranty claims and other contractual disputes (including purported repudiations).
  • Acting for an insurer in a multi-million dollar "mistaken payment" and subrogation dispute. 
  • Providing advice to large multi-national corporates in relation to decisions made under the Official Information Act, including by the Overseas Investment Office. 


LLB (Hons), BA, University of Auckland.


Alex started working at Russell McVeagh as a graduate in 2011, and was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2012. He was appointed a senior solicitor in 2014, and a senior associate in 2017. 

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