Nathan TetzlaffAssociate BA/LLB (hons)
Nathan is a senior dispute resolution lawyer, with specialist experience in civil disputes, including commercial litigation and employment law. He assists clients with trust disputes, residential and commercial property disputes, construction disputes, business disputes including shareholder and franchise disputes, and contract disputes. Nathan is also skilled at dealing with defamation and privacy issues, and regularly acts for clients with debt collection, bankruptcy, insolvency and liquidations.
Nathan recognises that disputes are often about more than just the legal issues and takes the time to really understand the background of each dispute so that he can focus on obtaining the best outcome for each individual client and their situation.
Where possible, Nathan focuses on alternative forms of dispute resolution. His vast experience with out of court negotiations, mediation, arbitration, construction contracts adjudications and Judicial Settlement Conferences enables him to help guide clients to the approach most likely to get the best result for their specific dispute.
A formidable opponent in Court, Nathan is calm under pressure, keeping things focused on the facts. Along with regular appearances in District Courts and the High Court, he has assisted clients with appeals to the Court of Appeal and with preparing submissions to the Supreme Court. Nathan has also appeared for clients at the Employment Relations Authority, the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal and the Tenancy Tribunal.
Nathan regularly presents on dispute resolution topics, including presenting to the Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ), the INSOL group and other trade groups.
Outside of work, Nathan enjoys spending time on his lifestyle block in Kumeu, making jewellery, and has recently taken up whittling.