Helen is a consultant in our corporate and commercial team focusing on technology, media and telecommunications and investment, funds and savings products.
Helen has a broad commercial and public law practice. She has acted for a range of public sector clients, including numerous Crown entities. Most recently she has been seconded to the Earthquake Commission as Legal Counsel responsible for Canterbury earthquake matters.
Helen also has 20 years' experience advising on telecommunications law in New Zealand. Most recently she has been advising Spark (formerly Telecom) on matters related to its operational separation, and on interconnection and wholesale arrangements between Spark and other carriers.
She has extensive experience in advising on superannuation and pension matters. Helen advises on all aspects of the establishment and operation of superannuation schemes (including KiwiSaver schemes), scheme reconstructions and windings up.
She was a partner at Chapman Tripp for 20 years before moving into a consultancy role in 2010.
Helen has advised:
- on all aspects of the Earthquake Commission’s (EQC) insurance obligations under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993, including residential building, land and contents cover; reinstatement obligations; and claims issues (including claims notification, interaction between EQC cover and private insurance, multi-dwelling and part commercial premises issues, and excesses)
- inter-carrier wholesale and interconnection arrangements between Spark and other carriers
- Telecom (now Spark) on a full range of other telecommunications matters, including number portability issues, internet access and regulatory matters
- on issues related to the KiwiSaver superannuation regime
- on all aspects of the establishment and operation of superannuation schemes, scheme reconstructions involving surpluses and windings up, and
- on Crown entity tendering arrangements.