Kate Mills


Kate is an Associate in the Commercial Litigation team, where she acts for clients in the private and public sectors. Kate also advises on regulatory matters and undertakes prosecutions for clients including the Commerce Commission.

Kate appears regularly in the High Court and District Court on a range of criminal matters prosecuted under the Crown warrant, including appeals to the High Court against conviction and sentence, and jury trials. Kate has also conducted prosecutions on behalf of the Department of Corrections and the Departments of Conservation, and obtained orders to extradite persons to and from New Zealand.

Kate joined Meredith Connell in 2009 for approximately five years, before moving overseas. Kate practiced in London for three years, firstly in civil litigation in private practice, before moving to the Public Law Litigation team of the Government Legal Department (United Kingdom). Kate returned to Meredith Connell in April 2018.

  • Advised the Commerce Commission on cases involving price fixing and other anti-competitive conduct, including Kuehne + Nagel International AG v Commerce Commission and Slingshot and Power Marketing Limited v Commerce Commission.
  • Prosecuted jury trials as sole counsel in the District Court, and appeared as junior counsel in High Court prosecutions including prosecutions for murder, manslaughter, methamphetamine manufacture and sexual offending.
  • Conducted litigation for the Treasury Solicitor on behalf of the Secretary of State in various immigration and refugee matters (United Kingdom).

BA/LLB(Hons), University of Auckland