Rachael advises clients on public and administrative law litigation, as well as general commercial and intellectual property disputes.
With her particular expertise in public and constitutional law claims and Māori legal issues, Rachael has represented clients in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and Māori Land Court, and has acted in alternative dispute resolution forums.
Rachael began her career as a judges’ clerk at the High Court of New Zealand, before completing post-graduate studies at Columbia University in New York City and returning to Chapman Tripp.
Rachael is from Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rakaipaaka and is a member of our Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture. Through her work with her iwi clients and various experts, Rachael has a comprehensive understanding of tikanga Māori and is well placed to communicate her clients’ position effectively and proactively.
- Appearing as counsel for the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust in its landmark win in the Supreme Court seeking to uphold rights of ahi kā and mana whenua in Tāmaki Makaurau in judicial review proceedings against the Crown.
- Appearing as counsel for Te Whakakitenga, the tribal authority for Waikato-Tainui, on governance issues in a successful Court of Appeal case.
- Representing major energy company in a tax dispute relating to geothermal energy assets.
- Acting for ANZ Bank in successful Supreme Court litigation over the sale of financial derivatives.
- Representing clients in major patent litigation, and on contentious intellectual property matters.
- Advising and appearing in courts and tribunals for iwi clients on Māori Land and Takutai Moana (foreshore and seabed) issues.