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Carmel was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1993 and a solicitor and solicitor advocate (Higher Courts Civil) in London in 2000/2001. She was a senior associate at Norton Rose and in 2005 was appointed to the partnership of international firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration within the insurance, reinsurance, and accountancy sectors.
Carmel has acted in a number of large scale high profile actions including the SCB fraudulent reinsurance spiral litigation, fraud claims within the captive insurer of a publicly listed telecom company, the multi-arbitration and multi-jurisdictional reinsurance dispute following the collapse of Arthur Andersen, and a US billion dollar claim against a Big Four accountancy practice from the liquidator of a multi-national conglomerate.
Carmel is a former contributing author to Informa’s Reinsurance Practice and the Law, and a former secretary and editor of the Negligence and Damages committee of the International Bar Association.
Since returning to New Zealand Carmel has practised in civil and commercial litigation including cases involving contracts and torts, equity and trusts, insolvency, and relationship property, particularly where complex issues arise requiring expert forensic accounting evidence.
Carmel holds both a New Zealand and English practising certificate.
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