Katherine Anderson may have been a late starter in terms of commencing her legal
career, but it has not prevented her handling major work for the current and previous Labour government and now for the all-powerful Goff-lead Auckland Council, where she is legal director, a position occupied since early 2014.
A Tokoroa local, she started her law studies after the birth of her son, now adult, and relishes the challenges provided by her Auckland City role, telling LawTalk “our legal book includes Treaty-related work, supporting co-governance post-Treaty settlement entities, planning, commercial contracts, infrastructure and development agreements, procurement, retail bond issues, private-public arrangements – like Skypath, prosecutions, judicial review – environmental and non-environmental, civil litigation, major property transactions and advising Local Boards and Governing Body.”
A Chapman Tripp alumni she previously worked with the New Zealand Police, Crown Law and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
With a full time team of 40, the Council legal division is responsible for delivering on the Long Term Plan and Unitary Plan, as well as settling major priorities in the heart of New Zealand’s beating commercial heart, confronting major issues that will shape the city and in many ways the country’s direction on important matters.
Last Year – No. 9