Kate is a commercial lawyer specialising in climate change, procurement, health and intellectual property.
She advises public sector clients on consultation and decision-making processes aimed at fulfilling public law obligations and managing judicial review risks. She also advises on amendments to regulations, Official Information Act, public records and privacy issues and has provided substantial advice on the commercial activities of public sector entities, including procurement processes.
Kate has substantial experience advising both public and private sector clients on all aspects of carbon law. She has advised the Ministry for Economic Development on the development of a legal framework for trading greenhouse gas emissions and the Ministry for the Environment on commercial aspects of the policy underlying the New Zealand emissions trading scheme. Kate also advises businesses both domestically and internationally on carbon trading, and on all aspects of carbon issues including carbon pass-through, EITE allocation, carbon forestry, and compliance with the New Zealand emissions trading scheme.
She also advises domestic and international clients on trade marks and brand protection, the Fair Trading Act and passing off, copyright, and general intellectual property issues.
Chambers Global 2012 ranks Kate as one of the world's foremost climate change lawyers, stating that "clients are enthusiastic in their praise of Kate", with the previous edition noting she is "knowledgeable and impressive".
LLB, BSc, University of Otago
2000 New Zealand