Nura Taefi

Profile

Nura is an experienced civil litigator who appears at all levels of New Zealand’s courts and tribunals.


Nura has a demonstrated ability to deal with complex legal problems across a broad range of areas. Her areas of expertise include contract, trusts, public law and human rights, professional negligence, intellectual property, privacy, and relationship property matters. She also works as an independent investigator and represents parties in investigations and inquiries.


Nura graduated with a law and arts degree from the University of Auckland. She also holds a masters in law with distinction from University College London, where she was awarded the Sir John Salmond Scholarship.


Nura is a member of the New Zealand Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee and supports a number of pro bono initiatives in the community.


Profile

Nura is an experienced civil litigator who appears at all levels of New Zealand’s courts and tribunals.


Nura has a demonstrated ability to deal with complex legal problems across a broad range of areas. Her areas of expertise include contract, trusts, public law and human rights, professional negligence, intellectual property, privacy, and relationship property matters. She also works as an independent investigator and represents parties in investigations and inquiries.


Nura graduated with a law and arts degree from the University of Auckland. She also holds a masters in law with distinction from University College London, where she was awarded the Sir John Salmond Scholarship.


Nura is a member of the New Zealand Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee and supports a number of pro bono initiatives in the community.


Profile

Nura is an experienced civil litigator who appears at all levels of New Zealand’s courts and tribunals.


Nura has a demonstrated ability to deal with complex legal problems across a broad range of areas. Her areas of expertise include contract, trusts, public law and human rights, professional negligence, intellectual property, privacy, and relationship property matters. She also works as an independent investigator and represents parties in investigations and inquiries.


Nura graduated with a law and arts degree from the University of Auckland. She also holds a masters in law with distinction from University College London, where she was awarded the Sir John Salmond Scholarship.


Nura is a member of the New Zealand Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee and supports a number of pro bono initiatives in the community.


Additional information

Case History
  • Lead counsel in the Supreme Court in Mead v Paul [2022] NZSC 25 (decision pending) on the status of non-exclusive relationships under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. Nura was also lead counsel in the Court of Appeal [2021] NZCA 649 and High Court [2020] NZHC 666.
  • Court appointed counsel in Re Ŝroubek [2022] NZIPT 600569, an appeal which raised novel issues of administrative law.  
  • Lead counsel in Thompson v Van Wijk [2021] NZHRRT 39, a landmark decision involving the highest compensation awarded to a victim of sexual harassment in New Zealand.  
  • Court appointed counsel in Martin v Solar Bright Limited (in liq) [2021] NZEmpC 58 and [2021] NZEmpC 207, a case in involving issues of intellectual property and employment law.
  • Lead counsel for the Australian Manuka Honey Association in a trade mark opposition to a certification mark for MANUKA HONEY (decision pending).  The case raises novel issues about the scope of certification trade marks, and the extent to which the Treaty of Waitangi protects registration of words in Te Re Māori.
  • Sole counsel in Wynyard v Bremner [2020] NZHC 1589, successful defence of a claim pursuant to the prejudiced shareholder provisions of the Companies Act 1993, Fair Trading Act 1947, and for breach of fiduciary duty.
Documents
  • Lead counsel in the Supreme Court in Mead v Paul [2022] NZSC 25 (decision pending) on the status of non-exclusive relationships under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. Nura was also lead counsel in the Court of Appeal [2021] NZCA 649 and High Court [2020] NZHC 666.
  • Court appointed counsel in Re Ŝroubek [2022] NZIPT 600569, an appeal which raised novel issues of administrative law.  
  • Lead counsel in Thompson v Van Wijk [2021] NZHRRT 39, a landmark decision involving the highest compensation awarded to a victim of sexual harassment in New Zealand.  
  • Court appointed counsel in Martin v Solar Bright Limited (in liq) [2021] NZEmpC 58 and [2021] NZEmpC 207, a case in involving issues of intellectual property and employment law.
  • Lead counsel for the Australian Manuka Honey Association in a trade mark opposition to a certification mark for MANUKA HONEY (decision pending).  The case raises novel issues about the scope of certification trade marks, and the extent to which the Treaty of Waitangi protects registration of words in Te Re Māori.
  • Sole counsel in Wynyard v Bremner [2020] NZHC 1589, successful defence of a claim pursuant to the prejudiced shareholder provisions of the Companies Act 1993, Fair Trading Act 1947, and for breach of fiduciary duty.
Publications and Seminars
  • NZLS Employment Law Conference “Proceedings in the Human Rights Review Tribunal” (2021)
  • ADLS Seminar “Practical Advice for Managing Discovery” (2019)
  • Legalwise Seminar “Civil Litigators Tool-kit - Interlocutory injunctions” (2019)
  • New Zealand Law Journal “The Uninvited Guest” [2014] NZLJ 364
  • Member of expert panel on girls at Colloquium on Children’s Rights at the University of Geneva (2014)
  • Beyond Harmonisation: The case for a Trans-Tasman Trade Mark Regime 86 IP Forum 11-23 (2011)
  • Chapter on girls’ rights in M Freeman (ed) Children’s Rights: Progress and Perspectives (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, 2011)

Professional Activities
  • 2018 – present: Barrister, Shortland Chambers
  • 2015 – 2018: Barrister, Quay Chambers
  • 2012 – 2015: Junior Barrister, Shortland Chambers
  • 2009 – 2012: Solicitor, Kensington Swan
Qualifications

BA/LLB (Auck)

LLM (distinction) (UCL)

Admitted: 2009

Barrister sole: 2012

Nura
Taefi
ntaefi@shortlandchambers.co.nz
+64 21 639 599
+64 9 307 9807
Shortland Chambers