Kate Muirhead


Kate is a litigation principal, providing a range of advocacy and advisory services.

Kate works principally with public sector clients.  She is experienced in assisting them with litigation, complex advisory issues, and training and advice on policies and procedures. Kate regularly appears in the Tenancy Tribunal, District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal (as sole and junior counsel) on a range of civil matters, including residential tenancies, property, tax, and personal insolvency disputes.

Kate also conducts criminal trials in the District Court as a Crown prosecutor.  She has prosecuted criminal matters for a variety of clients, including the New Zealand Police, Inland Revenue, Commerce Commission and a private corporation.

  • Acting for Housing New Zealand Corporation in a range of complex residential tenancy and commercial disputes (including interpretation of Treaty of Waitangi settlement legislation, novel tortious and statutory duties, and commercial lease disputes) in the Tenancy Tribunal, District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal.  
  • Acting for the Commerce Commission in a High Court representative claim involving up to 7,500 debtors against two finance companies.
  • Prosecuting a mobile trader on behalf of the Commerce Commission under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act and Fair Trading Act (Commerce Commission v Appenture Marketing Ltd (in liq) [2017] NZDC 23420).
  • Advising public sector entities regarding official information and privacy matters.
  • Advising national and multinational pharmaceutical companies about importing, funding, and distributing medicines and medical devices.
  • Successfully defending High Court claim seeking specific performance of sale and purchase agreement by vendor (Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc v Housing New Zealand Corporation [2015] NZHC 1163).
  • Seeking urgent interlocutory relief in the High Court for a variety of clients.

LLB (Hons, 1st class)/BA, University of Otago