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Catherine is a senior associate in our government and regulatory team. She specialises in resolving disputes between public agencies and the organisations that interact with them.

She also advises government and local government agencies and regulatory bodies on the exercise of both public and private law powers in a way that assists agencies to act effectively and minimise litigation risk.

Catherine previously worked at Crown Law and she has a deep knowledge of public law, including judicial review, public inquiries, privacy, official information, immigration, and commercial regulation. She has particular expertise in discrimination and pay equity law.

Catherine understands the challenges and pressures faced by public clients, and she provides clear practical advice to ensure their decisions are legally robust.

She also applies her knowledge of public law to advise private sector clients who seek to challenge the decisions made by public agencies.

Admission date: 2008

EXPERIENCE

Catherine has advised: 

  • NZ Transport Agency in High Court proceedings relating to land acquired under the Public Works Act.  The contested land houses major urban infrastructure.
  • Several high profile public sector organisations on pay equity disputes, including preparing evidence and submissions in this high-risk area for public agencies. 
  • A local authority in relation to practical options for enforcement of its current bylaw and drafting of a replacement bylaw to avoid problems experienced under the previous regime.
  • Two government departments in the arbitration of lease disputes.
  • The Attorney-General in a judicial review into the leak of papers relating to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade restructure. 

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