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Kate Cornegé

Kate Cornegé


To make an appointment, please contact Bronwyn Thompson bronwyn.thompson@tompkinswake.co.nz

Qualifications : BCA, LLB (Hons), University of Wellington.

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As a corporate and commercial dispute resolution specialist, Kate represents clients in a broad range of commercial and local government disputes, including contract, competition and consumer, company law, intellectual property and real property disputes. A recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, she has considerable experience working across regulated industries such as dairy, energy and telecommunications.

Kate’s meticulous approach makes her a highly effective representative at all levels of the New Zealand court system. Clients value her proactive, commercial approach to alternative dispute resolution and her clear and concise advice which demonstrates an in-depth understanding of their commercial reality.

A successful change leader, Kate is a member of the Tompkins Wake Working parents’ forum, helping her colleagues and the firm create better options for optimising whole life balance. 

Areas of expertise

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Competition Law Disputes
  • Competition Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Dairy Industry
  • Energy Sector - Oil, Gas, Electricity
  • Local Government Litigation
  • Telecommunications
  • Patent and Copyright Litigation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Media Law
  • Securities / Financial Markets Litigation
  • Property Disputes

Other Credentials

  • Recommended Lawyer, Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 and 2021

Recent Experience

  • Open Country Dairy Ltd v Commerce Commission – Acted for Open Country Dairy to clarify the appropriate process that Fonterra should follow in setting the farm gate milk price and how the Commerce Commission should carry out its obligations to review and report on Fonterra’s processes.

  • Moeke v South Waikato District Council – Acted for the Council in its successful application to have a caveat lapse on the grounds that the contract had been cancelled.

  • Lead counsel in the Court of Appeal for a landowner successfully appealing a High Court decision that had allowed a caveat to remain over its land.

  • Co-counsel with Alan Galbraith QC in the High Court and Court of Appeal on an important case testing the status of Queen Elizabeth Trust Open Space  covenants.

  • Commerce Act proceedings – Acted as counsel for a large international company in connection with an investigation and subsequent proceedings under the Commerce Act.


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