Rachael Irvine-Shanks

Rachael Irvine-Shanks

Senior Associate, Auckland

Litigation & dispute resolution

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Currently on parental leave

T:+64 9 357 9503

M:+64 27 4274 244



LLB (Hons), BSc University of Otago


2007, New Zealand

​Rachael is a commercial litigator with experience advising domestic and international clients in relation to civil litigation, regulatory investigations, anti-bribery and corruption laws, and competition law.

Rachael re-joined Chapman Tripp in 2016 after four years working for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, based in London.

Rachael commenced her career as a Judges’ Clerk to The Honourable Justice John McGrath in the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Recent experience

Rachael has:

Regulatory investigations and anti-corruption advisory work
  • assisted and advised international clients in the oil and gas sector in relation to the investigation of allegations in a number of markets including Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) territories
  • assisted and advised an international client in the consumer goods industry in relation to a confidential internal investigation into corruption allegations
  • assisted a client in relation to an investigation into potential breaches of the Resource Management Act 1991
  • advised corporates as to their money laundering obligations
  • advised corporates on their anti-money laundering and bribery policies and training programmes
Competition law
  • assisted Japan Airlines in Commerce Commission proceedings in the High Court alleging anti-competitive cartel operations relating to transportation of air cargo
  • successfully representing Siemens AG against the Commerce Commission’s claim that Siemens was involved in a possible price-fixing cartel for gas-insulated switchgear in New Zealand
  • assisted and advised a major international investment bank in responding to regulatory investigations and defending proceedings related to the fixing of the LIBOR and EURIBOR benchmark rates 
Commercial disputes
  • acted in a major multi-million dollar international arbitration involving the sale of a piece of New Zealand infrastructure on sensitive land to offshore interests
  • advised an Auckland property developer on his rights as a developer and represented that client in an arbitration with a local resident group, and
  • advised Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui incorporated on governance issues.
Litigation & dispute resolution