Rachael Schmidt-McCleave - Barrister


Rachael Schmidt-McCleave BA, LL.B(Hons), MA, LL.M(Hons), GradDip Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) AAMINZ, is an experienced litigator who has worked in public and private practice in NZ and the UK since admission in 1996. Rachael joined the Independent Bar from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in 2014. Rachael has extensive expertise in public law and judicial review in particular as a result of almost a decade at the Crown Law Office. As well as being available for litigation work, Rachael is an Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ and is experienced in, and available for, statutory and other investigations (including employment investigations), mediation and arbitration work.

Rachael is the current President of the NZ Film and Literature Board of Review, Chair of a Complaints Assessment Committee of the Real Estate Authority, Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of Financial Advice NZ, and a member of a Law Society Legal Standards Committee.

In addition to public law and judicial review, Rachael's current work includes:

  • Medico-legal and health disciplinary and regulatory work, including prosecutions and independent investigation work under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003;

  • Privacy, Official Information Act and Ombudsman advice

  • Employment and health and safety law advice and representation

  • Maori Fisheries Act 2004 and Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004 advice and representation and Maori trust litigation

  • Independent investigatory work (in employment and other statutory investigations)

  • Education law, including student disciplinary matters

  • Overseas Investment Act issues, including both applications and enforcement.

Rachael Schmidt-McCleave   T: 04 299 3244  M: 027 569 8243
E: rsm@centralchambers.co.nz