Rachel is an experienced litigator specialising in public and commercial law.
Examples of Rachel’s recent experience include:
- Public law/administrative law
Advice and representation on a broad range of public law and administrative law claims, including judicial review involving Bill of Rights issues, social security matters, fisheries, animal welfare, land and constitutional issues. Recent judgments include: Stafford v Attorney-General & Ors  NZHC 335, Stafford v Accident Compensation Corporation  NZCA 164; and  NZHC 488;  NZHC 218; and  2 NZLR 861, NZALA & SAFE v Attorney-General & NAWAC  NZHC 3009, Vogel v Commissioner of Crown Lands  NZHC 953; (2018) 19 NZCPR 661, Edwards v Attorney-General  NZHC 3180, Keelan v General Manager of Veteran’s Affairs New Zealand  NZHC 1869, Taylor v Chief Executive of Department of Corrections  NZCA 477;  NZAR 1648.
- Maori/Crown relations
Advice and representation in relation to the recognition of Māori customary interests in the foreshore and seabed pursuant to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, including representing the Attorney-General in the High Court in 2020 in respect of an application made by the late Claude Edwards on behalf of Te Whakatōhea (CIV-2011-485-817), and in 2021 in respect of an application made by The Trustees of the Ngāti Pahāuwera Development Trust (CIV-2011-485-821).
- Tax litigation
Advice and representation on a broad range of areas including tax administration, tax avoidance, capital/revenue, land transactions, GST and child support. Recent judgments include: Mawhinney v Commissioner of Inland Revenue  NZSC 81; and  NZCA 112; (2020) 29 NZTC 24-064; and  NZHC 553; (2019) 29 NZTC 24-006; and  NZHC 2604, Krasniqi v Commissioner of Inland Revenue  NZHC 2075, Trustpower Ltd v Commissioner of Inland Revenue  NZSC 91;  1 NZLR 155, Lay v Commissioner of Inland Revenue  NZHC 2962;  NZFLR 603, TRA 003/15  NZTRA 07, Redcliffe Forestry Venture Ltd v Commissioner of Inland Revenue  NZCA 349, Ben Nevis Forestry Ventures Ltd v Commissioner of Inland Revenue (CA51/2014 and CA55/2014), 5 August 2014, Alesco New Zealand Ltd  NZCA 40;  2 NZLR 175.
- Company law
Advice and representation on Company Law and equitable remedies. Recent judgments include: Vance v Vey Group Ltd  NZCA 232; (2020) NZCCLR 24, and  NZHC 1994.
- Employment law
Advice and representation on a broad range of employment law matters, including conducting independent investigations/reviews.
Advice and representation on ACC appeals and reviews.
- Tort based claims
Advice and representation involving nuisance and trespass in Ward Ranch Ltd v Minister of Conservation  NZHC 2893;  NZAR 210.
- Court appointments
Chief Executive of the New Zealand Customs Service v Hutchinson  NZCA 45; and  NZHC 3147 (amicus curiae), Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development v Genet  NZHC 2541 (amicus curiae), Brown v Hallet  NZHC 2861 (Counsel for minor and unborn grandchildren)
- Member, NZ Bar Association
- Member, NZLS Wellington Branch Ethics Committee
- Member, Wellington Medico Legal Society
Seminars and presentations
- Presenter, NZLS seminar “Public Law Claims – Remedies” (2019)
- Presenter, Legalwise seminar “Public Law: High Court and Legislative Highlights” (2018)
- Presenter, Legalwise seminar “Electronic casebooks: High Court Rules and Process (2017)
- Presenter, NZICA tax conference “NZ Tax Residency for Companies” (2015)
- Presenter, NZLS tax conference “NZ Tax Residency for Companies” (2014)
Contact Rachel Roff
Level 1 Solnet House
70 The Terrace
PO Box 611
Mobile: +64 21 937 851