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Bell Gully

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Auckland, Wellington

Rachael Brown

Work +64 4 915 6882
Bell Gully

Work Department



Employment, Health, Health and safety, Litigation and dispute resolution, Māori, Privacy and data protection, Commissions and inquiries, Public law.


Rachael is a litigator who has experience across a range of areas. She provides advice on public and employment law obligations, and appears as counsel in the Courts and the Employment Relations Authority, and in mediations. Rachael builds strong relationships with clients and is a trusted advisor to a number of organisations in both the public and private sector.

Rachael has particular expertise in Māori legal issues. She has acted for a number of iwi and Māori organisations on matters such as settlement negotiations with the Crown, challenges to mandates and representation in both the Waitangi Tribunal and the Courts, and post settlement issues. She has also advised non-Māori clients on their obligations to, and relationships with, iwi.

In 2009 Rachael was appointed by the Minister of Internal Affairs on the recommendation of the Attorney-General to chair the Forum for Complainants of Police Misconduct.

Admitted in New Zealand in 1997. Made partner with Bell Gully in 2014.




LLB (Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand

Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

Rachael Brown - Bell Gully

Within: Labour and employment

For one client, Bell Gully is 'the best by a long way - it has a great team and offers pragmatic advice'. The employment practice, which has close ties with international firms including Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst, supports clients in large M&A transactions, as well as handling standalone employment work including Holiday Act matters. Rob Towner in Auckland leads the team and clients describe him as 'exceptional - commercial and pragmatic'. Towner, key partner Tim Clarke and senior associate Liz Coats recently acted for Lyttelton Port Company, which operates one of the country’s major ports, in litigation arising from collective bargaining with the Maritime Union and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. Senior associate Rosemary Wooders, who joined the Auckland office from Macfarlanes LLP in London, has extensive experience in both advisory and contentious matters, including collective bargaining and restraints of trade. Wellington-based partner Rachael Brown is a leading light in the market and recently advised New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing on health and safety issues.

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