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. She has 30 years’ experience in advising on telecommunications matters in New Zealand.
Helen also has extensive experience in advising on superannuation and pension matters. She has advised on all aspects of the establishment and operation of superannuation schemes (including KiwiSaver schemes), scheme reconstructions and windings up.
Following the September 2010 Canterbury earthquake, Helen was seconded to the Earthquake Commission as their sole in-house counsel at that time. Since then her practice has mainly focused on the Canterbury recovery and rebuild.
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
- inter-carrier wholesale and interconnection arrangements between Spark and other carriers
- issues related to the KiwiSaver superannuation regime
- all aspects of the establishment and operation of superannuation schemes, scheme reconstructions involving surpluses and windings up, and
- Crown entity governance issues and tendering arrangements.