Company: Russell McVeagh
Job title: Partner
Nathaniel Walker, an experienced commercial litigation specialist, was promoted to partner at Russell McVeagh towards the tail end of 2018. Walker’s work is primarily focused on trusts and equitable claims, financial services regulation and insurance law, and disputes with a cross-border dimension. He provides clear, pragmatic advice in relation to significant and complex private and public law issues. Some of the recent highlights of his work include: acting for the Earthquake Commission in an appeal concerning insurance entitlements; advising on complex questions of statutory law for public sector clients; and acting for New Zealand Guardian Trust in an application to transfer more than 2,000 trust and estate appointments to a related statutory trustee corporation. Walker takes his pro bono commitments just as seriously. He is the relationship partner for the Wellington office's Community Law Centre. He has also provided advice to a number of charitable trusts and social enterprise organisations, including The National Military Heritage Charitable Trust and The Ākina Foundation. Walker re-joined Russell McVeagh in 2017, having spent time in New York practising at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, as well as completing his Master of Law at Columbia. While at Columbia, he was a research assistant to Professor John C Coffee Jr – repeatedly listed by the National Law Journal as among its "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America".