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Sally McKechnie

BA LLB(Hons) BCL(Oxon) MPhil(Oxon)


P+64 4 924 3456

M+64 21 180 7236

Sally McKechnie

Sally is a leading public law and regulatory litigator and leads the firm's Wellington-based government and public law practice.

Sally provides advice and representation on regulatory and statutory compliance, administrative decision making and processes, statutory interpretation, policy development and law reform. 

Sally’s approach is informed by her experience as a litigator. She is an experienced public law advocate, with considerable trial and appellate experience. Sally has appeared regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal. 

Sally has particular expertise in regulatory compliance in the primary sector, education, health and medico-legal, privacy and official information. 

Sally joined the firm from Crown Law in May 2017. As Crown Counsel, she advised Ministers and senior officials on their public, regulatory and administrative law obligations.  Sally was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and began her legal career at another major New Zealand law firm.

Examples of Work

  • Advising a number of religious organisations in relation to their involvement in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care
  • Advising start-up companies on the medical marijuana reforms and Medicines Act regulatory scheme
  • Advising dairy industry participants on their biosecurity obligations and Mycoplasma Bovis preparations
  • Providing strategic advice and representation to the Pharmacy Guild during negotiations for the Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement
  • Advising New Zealand based business and NZ based international subsidiaries on Privacy Act and GDPR obligations and compliance
  • Assisting a number of universities and schools with a range of public law issues and complex grievance processes
  • Defending a class action claim for $600 million, for negligence under the Biosecurity Act in the horticultural sector
  • Successfully defending the Minister of Health in the Court of Appeal regarding the regulation of fluoride

Other Credentials

  • New Zealand Law Society Public & Administrative Law Committee – Member
  • Life Flight Trust – Trustee 
  • Member of the Institute of Directors