Rachel Lindsay is an experienced commercial lawyer and litigator. She has been with AWS Legal since she graduated from Otago University in 2006 with an LLB (Hons) and is in her ninth year practising law.
Rachel has specific expertise in the energy sector and contract and consumer law. She routinely advises commercial clients in relation to contracting across a broad range of industries including electricity distribution, dairying and agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and construction.
Rachel also has considerable experience advising on general legal and company matters for both small - medium sized business and large corporates. Her experience and expertise includes corporate governance and compliance, acquisitions, joint ventures, limited partnerships, commercial contracting, and competitive tenders.
Rachel is familiar with the standard form construction contracts, including NZS3910:2003 and its variants. She also has experience with drafting and negotiating the NEC3 suite of contracts which are being adopted increasingly often in New Zealand, particularly by local authorities.
Rachel is also an experienced advocate with a particular focus on achieving negotiated outcomes. She has conducted numerous arbitral hearings including in relation to commercial leases, sharemilking/contract milking agreements and commercial contracts, and has assisted many clients in resolving District and High Court proceedings at judicial settlement conferences. She has also conducted formal litigation in the District Court, High Court and Environment Court. Practising in a provincial firm means Rachel's litigation expertise covers a broad range of civil matters, including estate litigation.
Rachel was the winner of the national Legal Research Foundation Awards unpublished student paper prize for legal writing in 2006. She has completed the High Court civil litigation skills programme and sits on the Lawyers Standards Committee for Southland. Recently Rachel graduated from the Institute of Directors governance development program held in Invercargill over the last 12 months. Link here to the full article if you’d like to know more.