Prior to joining Meredith Connell, Elena spent two years at a public and employment law firm specialising in public law and litigation, and also completed an internship at the Public Defence Service. She helped advise public and private sector clients on compliance with various regulatory obligations and undertook legal research on a range of public law issues, including around education law and human rights law. Elena assists with disciplinary litigation for regulatory bodies, and also appears in criminal proceedings for the Crown.
She has been published in the Victoria University of Wellington Law Review and the Brookers Resource Management Bulletin, and has contributed to other publications on police powers to collect DNA in the criminal context and the anti-discrimination provisions in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. She was also included on the Dean’s List for academic excellence during her studies.
Providing litigation assistance in judicial review proceedings for a charitable organisation challenging delegated legislation for breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.
Advice to private sector client on whether proposed bylaw could be challenged as ultra vires, predetermination and breach of the consultation provisions of the Local Government Act 2002.
Advice to public sector client on scope of statutory powers to issue rules and prescribe fees.
LLB (Hons, First Class)/BA, Victoria University of Wellington