Katerina Wendt


Katerina commenced practising in 2006 and has been a barrister sole since January 2016.

Katerina has a broad range of commercial, civil and regulatory litigation and dispute resolution experience. She advises clients on contentious contractual, corporate, insolvency, partnership, property and unit titles matters.

Before joining the independent bar, Katerina worked at Meredith Connell for 6 years acting for both private clients and government departments including the Commerce Commission, Inland Revenue, liquidators and a listed Australian property funds management company. Katerina also spent 1½ years at a boutique insurance litigation firm acting for insurers, primarily on material damage and professional indemnity-related insurance disputes.

Katerina’s success is built on her intuitive ability to connect with instructing solicitors and clients, her attention to detail, and understanding the core legal and factual issues to provide commercial and strategic dispute resolution advice.

Katerina is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, Auckland District Law Society, New Zealand Bar Association and Auckland Women Lawyers Association. She presents at unit titles seminars, chairs a Body Corporate, is on the Executive of Strata Community Association (NZ) and is a member of the SCA’s Australasian Policy and Legislation Committee.

Recent Experience

NISHA v LSG SKY CHEFS LTD (2017/2018) Acting for an employee on costs and joinder-related issues in the Employment Court and Court of Appeal.

BODY CORPORATE 198072 v BANK OF NEW ZEALAND (2016) Successful application for a unit owner to the High Court for orders in relation to a scheme settled under the Unit Titles Act.

REGULATORY (2016) Advising a company director in relation to a Commerce Commission cartel investigation into corporate conduct in New Zealand and Australia.

FIRM PI 1 LTD v ZURICH AUSTRALIAN INSURANCE LTD (2015) Acting for brokers in a negligence case regarding the extent of insurance cover arranged for a Christchurch apartment complex. This included a separate issue determined by the Supreme Court.

A v A (2013) Acting for a listed Australian commercial funds management company in a successful lease dispute arbitration and advising on subsequent debt recovery steps.

COMMERCE COMMISSION v CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LTD (2009-2014) Acting for the Commerce Commission in proceedings against airlines and freight forwarders in relation to worldwide air cargo and freight forwarding price-fixing cartels (2009-2014)

WALKER v ARIYATHAS (2012) Obtaining judgment against a company director for failing to maintain accounting records.

RE WANG, EX PARTE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE (2011) Successfully opposing on behalf of the Commissioner of Inland Revenue an application to have a creditor proposal approved.