I have over ten years’ experience working in civil and regulatory dispute resolution in law firms in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

My career started in Wellington at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. I then had two periods working in the London office of the United States firm Ropes & Gray as associate and then counsel. I worked at Henderson Reeves in Whangārei between my time in London. I joined the independent bar in 2020 and am now based in Whangārei working with other lawyers and clients across the country. I am a member of Kate Sheppard Chambers; a nationwide, online chambers of barristers: www.katesheppardchambers.co.nz.


I have advocacy experience appearing as junior counsel in a range of civil and regulatory matters in the New Zealand courts, as well as some experience appearing as sole counsel. I also attended several hearings in the English courts as an instructing solicitor.


In addition to my professional focus on civil and regulatory matters, I have been dedicated to mentoring and supporting junior lawyers in their development and training and I have maintained a steady commitment to my local communities. In Whangārei, my hometown, I have been a long standing supporter of various marine protection initiatives and have volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau. When I lived in London my pro bono work included the Lawyers Without Borders wildlife crime initiative in Africa and conducting case reviews for the Centre for Criminal Appeals. In Wellington I volunteered at the Community Law Centre.

Practice Areas
Civil and Commercial Law

I have significant experience acting for corporate organisations and individuals in relation to contentious matters.

Representative clients include:

  • An air cargo airline in complex cartel litigation in the English High Court and related parallel proceedings overseas.
  • A defendant to proceedings in the English High Court and parallel proceedings overseas in connection with a failed joint venture in a real estate investment.
  • A global pharmaceutical company in a contractual dispute with a major competitor.
  • A trustee and director of several national Māori organisations involved in governance disputes, including corruption and conflict of interest issues.
  • A farm owner seeking damages in the New Zealand High Court from a manufacturer of a faulty product which allegedly caused salmonella outbreaks.
Public and Administrative Law

I have broad experience acting for regulatory bodies and charitable and community organisations in regulatory proceedings, judicial review proceedings and contentious governance matters.

Representative clients include:

  • A lawyer in the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal defending charges of professional misconduct.
  • Regulatory bodies established under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 on competence and disciplinary matters.
  • Disenfranchised members of an incorporated society in judicial review and breach of contract proceedings.

I also appeared as junior counsel to amicus curiae in judicial review proceedings brought by a serving prisoner challenging government correctional policy.

Investigations

I have acted for corporate organisations and individuals in relation to a wide range of regulatory and internal investigations.

Representative clients include:

  • A publicly listed investment firm in the United Kingdom in connection with investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office and anticipated civil litigation, as well as an internal investigation in relation to leaks of confidential information.
  • An individual facing criminal charges brought by the New Zealand Financial Markets Authority in relation to a failed finance company.
  • Individuals in connection with investigations by United Kingdom and United States regulatory authorities into alleged collusion and manipulation of LIBOR.
  • Individuals in connection with investigations by United Kingdom and United States regulatory authorities involving fraud, money laundering, bribery and sanction issues.