Nick Crang


Nick specialises in public and administrative law, competition and regulatory law.  He leads the nationwide public law and competition law practices.

Nick also advises on corporate governance and on commercial contracts, especially in the public sector.

Nick works for government departments, Crown entities, regulators, and other organisations in the general public sector, such as industry bodies. In the private sector, he works for companies, not-for-profit organisations and individuals on regulatory issues or who have to deal with the government or regulatory agencies.

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Particular sectors that Nick works in are the public sector, energy, telecommunications, broadcasting, aviation, sea-ports and the insurance/financial sector.

Nick has a strong understanding of the public sector and the rules the government operates under, which  he uses to benefit both his public and private sector clients.


Recent highlights

  • Advising Government Departments and regulatory agencies on crucial decisions under legislation.
  • Advising Government Departments and agencies on legislative proposals, drafting of legislation and regulations.
  • Advising private clients seeking approvals and decisions from Government Departments and agencies.
  • Representing clients before Select Committees and other government review bodies.
  • Advising clients on Commerce Act issues with mergers and acquisitions, including making clearance applications to the Commerce Commission.
  • Advising clients on issues relating to possible cartel arrangements and misuse of market power under the Commerce Act.
  • Acting for clients in Commerce Act legal proceedings and investigations under the Commerce Act and the Fair Trading Act.
  • Advising an electricity regulator on the rules for the sector, including to facilitate renewables.

Nick's insights

Amendments to the Electricity Industry Act: suite of changes bolsters the Electricity Authority and introduces new consumer protection objective

19 September 2022

Commerce Commission decision highlights cartel issues for franchises and rigorous test for collaborative activities

19 August 2022

Duncan Cotterill helps secure the sale of Taska Prosthetics to the Eqwal Group

5 June 2024

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He tāngata

  • Nick runs an annual public sector forum, providing an opportunity for public sector lawyers to come together and discuss key issues.
  • He has served 10-years on the board of St Mary’s College Limited, especially working on the design, development and delivery of several building projects.
  • Involved in community service and charitable work with schools, youth and church.


  • Recognised in The Best Lawyers of New Zealand 2024 & 2025  list for Public Law
  • Recognised in The Best Lawyers of New Zealand 2023 list for his Public Law work.


  • A regular contributor to the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index, the most recent Index for 2022 has now been released.
  • Nick is a member of the national Public and Administrative Law Committee, New Zealand Law Society and the convenor of the Public Law Committee of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society.


“has great institutional knowledge, is available when needed, work is provided in a good timeframe and the detail on issues is very good” CEO, Crown Entity



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