Elizabeth Rutherford


Elizabeth is an experienced civil litigator and advises private clients in respect of complex commercial litigation.

Elizabeth has significant experience in relation to cartel proceedings brought by the Commerce Commission, as well as proceedings for anti-competitive behaviour and breaches of the Fair Trading Act.

Elizabeth regularly appears in the District and High Court on a range of criminal proceedings on behalf of the Crown, New Zealand Police and other Government and regulatory agencies.  

Junior counsel in the South Canterbury Finance fraud prosecution (R v South Canterbury Finance).

Junior counsel in the Godfrey Hirst NZ Ltd v Commerce Commission, an appeal against the Commission’s decision to decline a merger application in the wool scouring industry.

Assisting with trial preparation for the Commerce Commission “Freight Forwarding” proceedings, which alleged anti-competitive conduct in relation to the price of air freight in and out of New Zealand.

Assisting with trial preparation for the Commerce Commission “Air Cargo” proceedings and appearing as junior counsel for the penalty hearing in respect of Thai Airways (Commerce Commission v Thai Airways International Public Company Ltd).

Crown counsel in a number of District Court jury trials for criminal proceedings.

LLB (Hons), University of Otago