Ella Watt


Ella specialises in public law litigation, and has a strong background in general civil and commercial disputes.  She has experience across a broad range of areas, including judicial review, accident compensation, international law, human rights, electoral law, and banking and finance, and has appeared before the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as various tribunals.

Before joining Meredith Connell, Ella worked in civil, commercial and public litigation at another large New Zealand law firm.  She then graduated with an LLM from Columbia University in 2018 and worked at a boutique litigation firm in London.

  • Representing the Human Rights Commission as intervener, including appearing as junior counsel in proceedings before the High Court in Auckland, successfully creating a framework for remedies following judicial review of a Government policy that excluded family members from receiving disability support (Spencer v Ministry of Health [2016] NZHC 1650).
  • Representing Kiwibank in proceedings before the High Court in Auckland, upholding banks’ ability to terminate a customer’s account on 14 days notice without reasons, on both contract, statutory interpretation, and anti-trust/competition grounds (E-Trans International Finance Ltd v Kiwibank Ltd [2016] NZHC 1031).
  • Representing the Accident Compensation Corporation in several disputes, including in relation to cover and entitlements when pregnancy is a treatment injury (including Accident Compensation Corporation v J [2016] NZHC 1; J v Accident Compensation Corporation [2017] NZCA 441).

BA/LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington

LLM, Columbia University