Rachael is a commercial disputes lawyer and her practice focuses primarily on banking and commercial disputes. She was promoted to Senior Associate in January 2022.
As well as her experience gained at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and Kennedy’s, she held the position as a Judge’s Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Auckland.
Recently, Rachael practiced as a senior solicitor at boutique litigation firm, Wilson Harle, and advised TLT LLP as a consultant on a banking project managed by their banking litigation team, where she helped investigate the treatment of small and medium enterprise customers and made redress recommendations.
During her career, Rachael has advised and worked with a broad range of clients including retailers, personal lenders, telecommunication companies, public bodies, private individuals and corporates.
Professional Legal Studies, College of Law
Conjoint degree BHSc/LLB (Hons), University of Auckland
LLM (Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science
Rachael has received several awards. These include:
- Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Writing Prize, 2014
- Faculty of Law Dean’s Academic Excellence Award and First in Evidence, 2012
- AJ Park Intellectual Property Prize, First in Intellectual Property and Marylyn Eve Mayo Endowment Scholarship, 2011
Rachael is a registered foreign lawyer in England and Wales.
Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand, 2013
Member - New Zealand Law Society
Contributor to the New Zealand Shipping Gazette Special Industry Review - vol 20 issue 77, 2017
“Court of Appeal sheds light on new approach to penalties in Torchlight decision” - International Law Office, 2017
“Unravelling trust assets – trustee powers deemed relationship property” - International Law Office, 2015
"A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Systemic Negligence in the Public Sector” - 20 AULR 39, 2014
“Judicial Restraint When Reviewing Health Care Rationing Decisions: A Healthy Approach?” - 18 AULR 137, 2012