Frances Everitt, Associate (New Zealand Qualified), Public Regulatory

Frances Everitt, Associate (New Zealand Qualified), Public Regulatory, Fieldfisher

I am a New Zealand qualified associate with a background in public law and commercial litigation.

I have particular experience advising clients (mostly central government departments) in relation to judicial review challenges, statutory appeals, inquiries, and government consultations. I am experienced in providing risk-based advice in relation to public decision making. I have acted on high profile litigation, particularly in the environmental and education sectors, and in related issues in information law and human rights law.  

I have a proactive and pragmatic approach and provide clear insight into the machinery of government. I am adept at managing complex, high-profile and highly political litigation. I enjoy developing strong relationships with clients and becoming a trusted advisor.  I have good instincts and am a team player and a hard-working lawyer.


My past experience has involved working with government clients across a range of policy areas, in order to improve the quality of decision making.  Specific examples of my previous experience include:

  • acting for a central government client in relation to a high-profile challenge to air quality regulation;

  • various experience in education and child protection law, including working on disciplinary cases in relation to teachers, and in the regulation of independent schools;

  • acting for a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, providing comprehensive advice across a number of the Inquiry’s investigation strands; and

  • advising a central government client in a potential challenge in relation to waste electrical equipment regulation, including providing advice to reduce the scope for future potential challenges in this sector

 Outside of work I enjoy travel, cooking, yoga and hiking.