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Senior Associate

Laurette Barnard

BA(Hons) LLM MTaxS


P+64 9 977 5081

M+64 21 829 657

Laurette Barnard

Laurette is a senior associate, and banking and finance law specialist. Her experience covers financial products and services, high-end lending (including cross-border lending, syndication, and secured transactions), and securities offerings.

She also provides expert litigation support in complex banking and financing disputes.

Before practising law, Laurette was a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. She taught and researched in the areas of civil and commercial obligations, cross-border transactions and disputes, and trusts.

Examples of Work

  • Singapore bank - debt funding for a multinational group's New Zealand dairy-sector operations
  • GE Custodians - expert litigation support on the enforceability of lo-doc mortgage loans (High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court)
  • Toll Group - expert litigation support on the priority of liens and other security interests (High Court and Court of Appeal)
  • Official Assignee - expert litigation support in recovering assets from sham trusts and sham companies (High Court)
  • New Zealand bank - cash logistics arrangements (including cash transportation, ATM administration, and cash vaulting)
  • New Zealand bank - terms and conditions for internet banking service
  • New Zealand bank - terms and conditions for client funds (escrow accounts) service

Other Credentials

  • Several international and domestic conferences, for example the XIVth Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Athens, 1994), International Conference on Arbitration and Maritime Law (Spain, 1998), and New Zealand Law Society Trusts Conference (2003) - Contributor and speaker
  • Chapter on New Zealand law in Declining Jurisdiction in Private International Law (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1995) - Author
  • Articles in the Cambridge Law Journal, Journal of Legal History(Britain), New Zealand Law Journal, New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, and New Zealand Recent Law Review - Author