Rachael advises clients on public and administrative law litigation, as well as general commercial and intellectual property disputes.
She specialises in the conduct of complex public litigation and a range of commercial disputes. Rachael has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and Māori Land Court, and has acted in alternative dispute resolution forums. She has particular expertise in administrative law claims and Māori legal issues.
In 2019 Rachael gained a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York City, where her studies focused on human rights, constitutional law and indigenous peoples. Before joining Chapman Tripp, Rachael was a judges’ clerk at the High Court in Wellington.
Rachael is from Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rakaipaaka, and is a member of Chapman Tripp’s Māori Legal Group – Te Waka Ture.
- acted as counsel to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in its landmark win in the Supreme Court seeking to uphold rights of ahi ka and mana whenua in Tamaki Makaurau in judicial review proceedings against the Crown
- acted as counsel to Te Whakakitenga, the tribal authority for Waikato-Tainui, on governance issues in a successful Court of Appeal case
- acted for a major energy company in a tax dispute relating to geothermal energy assets
- acted for a major trading bank in its defence of claims relating to the alleged misselling of financial products
- acted for clients in major patent litigation
- advised individual and corporate clients on contentious intellectual property matters, and
- advised and appeared in courts and tribunals for iwi clients on Māori Land and Takutai Moana (foreshore and seabed) issues.