Specializing in all areas of employment law, Catherine has around 25 years’ experience as an employment and litigation lawyer. She joined the independent bar as a barrister sole in 2012, having held senior roles in employment law including at partnership level in a major city firm. She also has significant experience in civil and commercial litigation.
Catherine has successfully argued many high profiles cases, including recent notable cases such as:
Catherine also won a landmark case on stress in the workplace in the Employment Court, and argued a landmark case on freedom of association for which she was appointed "amica curiae" (adviser to the Court) by the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts in languages. She was admitted to the bar of the High Court of New Zealand in 1990.
A regular presenter and writer on topical employment law issues, Catherine is a member of the New Zealand Bar Association, the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society Inc. and is a committee member of the Auckland Association of Workplace Investigators. Catherine is the Convenor of the Auckland District Law Society Inc. Employment Law Committee, a committee which represents practitioners in regular meetings with Judges, members of the Employment Relations Authority, mediators, Government departments and other employment-related institutions such as trade unions.