After graduating with a BA, LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago in 2000, Katie worked at Russell McVeagh in Auckland as a civil litigator for three years before travelling and working overseas. After her return to New Zealand, and following a short contract with LeeSalmonLong, Katie joined Meredith Connell in January 2006. There she undertook jury trial work, achieving senior classification in 2009 and becoming an Associate of the firm in 2012.
In 2015 Katie and her young family moved to Samoa where Katie was employed as a legal consultant to the Samoan Attorney-General. At the same time Katie was part of the team that successfully bid for the new Manukau Crown Solicitor’s warrant. She returned to New Zealand and began working for Kayes Fletcher Walker as a senior Crown prosecutor in October 2015.
Katie joined the Independent Bar and became a member of City Chambers in October 2018.
Katie specialises in criminal proceeds and money laundering litigation and undertakes criminal and civil litigation at all levels.
She has significant experience with criminal and departmental prosecutions, coronial proceedings, non-court investigations and proceedings, judicial reviews and extradition cases. She is a leading litigator in the areas of criminal proceeds, financial crime and pecuniary penalties under the AML/CFT regime.
Katie is an approved criminal legal aid lawyer (all levels) and civil legal aid lawyer. She serves on the NZ Bar Association Criminal Committee. She is a member of the Serious Fraud Office prosecution panel.