Danielle Houghton


Danielle specialises in regulatory litigation and dispute resolution.  She has particular experience in competition and consumer law, and regularly acts on a range of civil and criminal matters for government and commercial clients.  Danielle also conducts criminal proceedings and jury trials under the Crown warrant. 

Danielle worked for Meredith Connell between 2017 and 2019 and then re-joined Meredith Connell in 2020 after completing further study.  Prior to first joining the firm she worked as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand.

Danielle has worked for the Commerce Commission on a number of complex proceedings, including:

  • Commerce Commission v Lodge Real Estate Ltd (cartel proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court establishing price fixing by a number of major NZ real estate agencies)
  • Commerce Commission v Budget Loans Limited (establishing misleading conduct against consumer finance companies in lending to vulnerable communities)
  • A range of product safety proceedings involving issues of causation, expert evidence and industry standards.

Danielle has also conducted jury trials in the District Court including for drug related offending, family violence, burglary, arson and dishonesty offending.  She has appeared in the High Court on appeals for the NZ Police and as junior counsel in Crown trials for serious violent and sexual offending. 

LLB(Hons)/BA, University of Auckland

BCL, University of Oxford