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