Rachael Reed

Rachael Reed KC

Appointed as a King’s Counsel in 2017, Rachael has conducted numerous high profile cases.  Practising at the intersection of criminal and civil law, she is an expert in fraud, financial services and regulatory cases.  She leads long and complex criminal and civil trials.  She also assists clients during investigations conducted by all regulators with an eye to minimising risk and managing reputation.

Rachael has also conducted high profile and complex appeals in the Court of Appeal and has been previously appointed counsel to assist the Court in the Supreme Court.

Rachael is also internationally recognised for her advocacy.  She has taught advocacy on an Advanced Advocacy Training Course in Australia in 2019 and on the reknown South Eastern Circuit Tim Dutton QBE KC Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble, Oxford for 3 consecutive years in 2019, 2022 and 2023 (courses were not held in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid concerns).

She is also rated in Chambers and Partners for White Collar Crime and Doyles Guide for Criminal, Regulatory Offences & White-Collar Crime matters.

Adding to her practice Rachael is also:

  • Deputy Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Disciplinary Tribunal;
  • Member of the Legal Services Commission Advisory Board; and
  • Elected Council Member of the New Zealand Bar Association.

Previously Rachael has been:

  • Chair of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal;
  • Convenor of an Auckland Standards Committee for New Zealand Law Society;
  • Serious Fraud Office prosecution panel member 2012-2020; and
  • President of the Auckland Women Lawyers Association.


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