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Kate was admitted to the Bar in 1983. She became a Barrister sole in 1990.

Education

  • St Cuthbert’s College - Auckland
  • LLB (Hons) - University of Auckland
  • Master of Jurisprudence (Distinction) - University of Auckland
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Ethics) - Auckland University of Technology

Bio

Kate  became a Barrister sole in 1990. She was admitted as a barristers in NZ, England and Wales. She has chambers in London in Outer Temple Chambers, 222 The Strand, London.

In 2019 Kate was appointed an Ordinary Bencher of the Middle Temple, where she is known as Master Davenport QC. Kate became a QC in 2013, in the same year was New Zealand Lawyer's Barrister of the year. She practices in the area of Civil and Commercial litigation with special interest in Trust Law (is a contributing editor to LexisNexis Law of Trust), contract and Tort Claims, Professional Regulation, Estate Litigation and Land Law.

Kate is an active member of the New Zealand Bar, is a Past President of the NZ Bar Association and has been a Vice President of the New Zealand Law Society and President of the Medico Legal Society.

In her minimal spare time, she has a husband and 4 children, Kate loves to collect estate jewellry, renovate houses and offices and read.

Work Highlights

What Others Say

New head of bar association determined to stamp out rude behaviour between barristers - Stuff, 28 November 2018

Publications

  • Caught between a rock and a hard place, Examining the Court’s ability to assist or replace deadlocked trustees, co-author, 25 February 2019

  • Caught between a rock and a hard place, Examining the Court’s ability to assist or replace deadlocked trustees, co-author, 25 February 2019

  • Timesup for the Legal Profession, February 2019

  • LexisNexis Law of Trusts co-author (current); responsible for chapter on Trustees Liability

  • A trustees guide to litigation pitfalls, co-author

  • Oxford Journal, Trusts & Trustees; Recoverability of Trustee Litigation Costs, published February 2018

  • LawTalk 895; It’s our problem not theirs, 26 August 2016

  • Oxford Journal, Trusts & Trustees Advance Access; Clayton, The Law of Trusts, published July 8, 2016.

  • LawTalk; numerous articles including article on the situation of the Supreme Court (October 2002) and time recording (January 2003)

  • LexisNexis Law of Trusts; responsible for chapter on Trustees Liability.

Memberships

  • President NZBA 2018 – 2020.
  • NZLS
  • ADLS
  • STEP