Partner, Russell McVeagh
Kirsten is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution specialist, with particular expertise in class actions, financial services litigation and professional negligence disputes. She also has experience in restructuring, turnaround and insolvency.
Before returning to Russell McVeagh in 2020, Kirsten worked in London for 15 years at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where she became a partner in 2009. Kirsten advised on some of the largest cases in the Commercial Court of England and Wales, including Royal Bank of Scotland in its £4 billion shareholder class action, following the bank’s near collapse and government bailout. She has also been involved in a number of significant professional negligence cases, defending directors, accountants and lawyers. Since her return, she has been involved in a number of significant disputes across a range of sectors, including representing Nine Entertainment Limited in successfully defending proceedings brought by NZME Limited in relation to its potential acquisition of Stuff.
Kirsten delivers invaluable advice and a distinguished quality of service and has been recommended in Legal 500’s 2021 Guide for Dispute Resolution and Restructuring and Insolvency, and recognized in the Best Lawyers® 2022 Guide for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law.