Pauline is very well known in her specialist field of maritime law and is regarded as a leading lawyer in that area.

Her practice covers the full range of both “wet” and “dry” maritime work including Admiralty litigation, marine insurance, the international sale and carriage of goods, domestic carriage of goods, the law relating to freight forwarders, charterparty advice and the sale and purchase of vessels.

Pauline’s clients include major marine insurers from both New Zealand and around the world, a number of New Zealand’s major exporting and chartering interests, and a significant number of freight forwarders, both domestic and multi-national.

She is also regularly instructed by non-marine liability insurers where the claim has maritime aspects, such as claims against yacht and spar designers and builders.

Pauline is named in numerous legal guides, including the Guides to the World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers and to Women in Business Law, Best Lawyers and the Chambers Asia Pacific Guide. She is also admitted to the Supreme Court of Samoa.  In 2016 she was named by Best Lawyers as Auckland Maritime Law’s “Lawyer of the Year”.

Aside from her legal practice Pauline is a director of Insured HQ Limited.


Contact details


DDI | 09 373 0055
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Legal Assistant | Sarah Bates
Legal Assistant’s DDI | 09 366 5803
Legal Assistant’s Email |

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Work highlights

  • Glencore Grain v Ship Lancelot V [2015] NZHC 1874 (payment of pre-arrest wages to ship’s crew on humanitarian grounds).

  • Svitzer Salvage BV v Z Energy Ltd [2013] NZHC 2584 (charter and salvage issues arising from grounding of MV Rena).

  • Schenker AG v Commerce Commission [2013] NZCA 114, (2013) 22 PRNZ 286 (discovery of documents provided to regulator by third party, in confidence).

  • GVI Logistics Ltd v Goat NZ Ltd (2011) 9 NZBLC 103,473 (when damage occurs, for purposes of demarcation between domestic and international transport liability regimes).

  • QBE Insurance (International) Ltd v Jaggar [2007] 2 NZLR 336 (CA) (non-disclosure, materiality, information in public domain).

  • Keybank National Association v The Ship “Blaze” [2007] 2 NZLR 271 (priorities – US registered mortgage, competing NZ registered security interest).

Professional associations

  • New Zealand Law Society

  • Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

  • Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand

  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT)

  • Member of, an international network for the facilitation of fast and efficient arrest or release of ships

  • Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AAMINZ)

  • Adjunct External Fellow, Centre for Maritime Law, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law