Krystle Gardner


Krystle-Gardner.jpgBachelor of Business majoring in International Business - AUT University

Top Graduate in International Business 2010

Juris Doctor - University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia

Admitted 2013 as a Barrister & Solicitor in New Zealand

Admitted 2013 as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Krystle continues to make a significant contribution to the firm and its clients and, as well as local experience, brings to the firm international experience derived from her positions in large, including international, firms in Sydney, Australia.  She was initially employed as a graduate lawyer in the banking and finance group of an Australian national commercial law firm and then as a solicitor with an international commercial law firm specialising in insurance, reinsurance and financial services.  Prior to that, she worked as a legal executive in New Zealand whilst studying towards her Bachelor of Business majoring in international business and paralegal in Australia whilst studying towards her Juris Doctor.

Krystle provides private individuals and a range of high net worth and national and international corporate clients with legal advice on a broad range of legal issues consistent with the firm’s objective of providing a client focussed service.  She also assists clients with contentious matters including litigation and has recently developed particular experience in resource management and environmental law.

Krystle is a member of the ADLSI Environment and Resource Management Law Committee, the Group Head of Mackrell International Asia Pacific Junior Lawyers and the co-founder of North Shore Professionals.  

During her time in Sydney Krystle was actively involved in the NSW Law Society Young Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Business Law Committee. She held the position as CLE Representative for the Young Lawyers Business Law Committee and was appointed as a general delegate of NSW Law Society Young Lawyers. Krystle has remained a member of the Business Law Committee and regularly contributes articles to the committee’s publication.

Recent work

  • Advising on and establishing charitable trusts and preparing application for registration with the Charities Commission and incorporation as a board of trustees
  • Advising on and providing litigation support in a property relationship dispute under the Property (Relationships) Act 1974 in the Family Court
  • Advising on local bylaws and legislation regulating the interment of ashes in private and public places and funeral plans
  • Advising on and drafting comprehensive shareholders’ agreement for a new technology start-up company
  • Advising on  and providing litigation support to a New Zealand company which successfully enforced, by way of urgent injunction, restraint of trade and confidentiality provisions in an independent contractor agreement in the High Court of New Zealand 
  • Advising on and drafting comprehensive deed of covenant in restraint of trade and confidentiality for a global organisation 
  • Advising on the purchase of a unit in a unit title development that was the subject of a substantial claim under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006
  • Advising on and preparing documentation to novate an agreement for sale and purchase of a unit in a unit title development that was purchased off the plan and pending completion
  • Advising on and assisting clients with subdivisions
  • Advising on and representing client with substantial landholdings at Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan mediations and hearings (across a broad range of topics)
  • Advising on and representing client with substantial landholdings in relation to the Auckland proposed Stormwater Bylaw
  • Litigation support in relation to substantial reinsurance coverage dispute, resource management/environmental law disputes and Public Works Act acquisition for high net worth individuals
  • Judicial review proceedings in the High Court of New Zealand
  • Assisting in preparation of submissions to Auckland Council on the Auckland Unitary Plan and Thames-Coromandel District Council on the draft District Plan;
  • Acting on a share sale for high profile maxillofacial oral surgeon
  • Drafting, reviewing and advising on a broad range of commercial contracts
  • Providing advice on corporate group structures
  • Advising on competition and consumer law and intellectual property matters
  • Advising and preparing personal property securities and attending on financing matters
  • Advising on commercial and residential property matters
  • Advising on asset protection and wills, and advising and assisting in the management of discretionary trusts
  • Reviewing and advising on origination agreement in regards to the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth) and National Credit Code (Cth)
  • Providing regulatory advice in relation to Part 7 of the Corporations Act 2001 in relation to financial services and markets, coverage under policies of insurance, foreign private health insurers in Australia, regulatory reviews;
  • Advising and providing support in relation to regulatory reviews and compliance with APRA and ASIC prudential standards and guidance notes and class orders in the insurance and superannuation industries;
  • Assisting in review and advice to international insurers and reinsurers on coverage under insurance and reinsurance polices;
  • Analysing bordereaux spreadsheets, claims notification and paid spreadsheets and financial statements;
  • Assisting in providing support to corporate clients during the transition period of the MySuper Reform and Future of Financial Advice Reform;
  • Advising franchisors and franchisees on grant of franchises in the automotive industry and drafting franchise disclosure statements and agreements;
  • Assisting in preparation of submissions to NSW Fair Trading on the automotive industry reform;

Recent presentations

  • Presentation on the Consumer Law Reform in New Zealand to the Auckland Timber Industry Club – February 2014
  • Video presentation on new ASX Listing Rules and Guidance Note on continuous disclosure to international law firm – May 2013
  • Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers, Business Law Committee 2013 CLE Annual One Day Conference – March 2013

Recent publications

  • New director requirements under the Companies Act 1993 - January 2015
  • Published in NSW Young Lawyers, Business Law Committee Publication - Taking advantage of the vertical supply contract exemption in the new cartel laws - December 2014
  • 'The Do-it-Yourself Entrepreneur and the Start-Up Business' - October 2014
  • Are 'dumped goods' positive for the Kiwi bank balance? - June 2014
  • Published in NSW Young Lawyers, Business Law Committee Publication – Consumer Law Reform and Anti-Money Laundering in New Zealand – May 2014
  • Consumer Law Reform in New Zealand – New consumer amendment Acts now law – January 2014
  • Published in NSW Young lawyers, Business Law Committee Publication - Unfair terms in insurance contracts – October 2013
  • What businesses can start thinking about now in preparation for the Consumer Law Reform Bill being passed as law – October 2013
  • Resource Management Reform Bill passed as law – September 2013
  • NZ International Trade Update – July 2013
  • Implications of the Resource Management Law Reform Bill – June 2013
  • New ASX Listing Rules and Guidance Note on continuous disclosure – implications for D&O insurers – May 2013
  • Published in Asia Insurance Review - Unfair contract terms regime in Australia – May 2013
  • Public consultation commences for Insurance Contracts Amendment (Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2013– May 2013
  • Fundamentals of reinsurance – the law and practice in Australia presented at Introduction and General Principles of Reinsurance Law Conference April 2013 – contribution to preparation of paper and presentation materials
  • Unfair Terms in Insurance Contracts – Proposed enhanced Consumer Protection in Australia – March 2013