Drawing on her significant experience in law firms in New Zealand and London, working in a broad range of civil and regulatory litigation and investigations, Arla works directly with clients and teams of lawyers to provide excellent-quality strategic advice and advocacy. Whether in early negotiations of a dispute, formal court proceedings or investigations, she brings sound judgement and depth of experience to assist each client to achieve their goals.
Arla has over ten years’ experience working in civil and regulatory dispute resolution in law firms in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Her career started in Wellington at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. She then had two periods working in the London office of the United States firm Ropes & Gray as associate and then counsel. She worked at Henderson Reeves in Whangārei between her time in London. Arla joined the independent bar in 2020 and is now based in Whangārei working with other lawyers and clients across the country.
Arla has appeared in a range of civil and regulatory matters in the New Zealand courts in junior and sole counsel roles. She also attended several hearings in the English courts as an instructing solicitor.
LLB (Hons, 1st), Victoria University of Wellington, 2008
BA (Political Science and International Relations), Victoria University of Wellington, 2008
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2008
Awards, publications, and memberships
Quentin Baxter Prize in Public and International Law, 2008
Arla Kerr “Untapped Potential: Administrative Law and International Environmental Obligations” (2008) 6(2) NZJPIL 81
LexisNexis (ed) Amanda Raad, Arla Kerr and Harriet Slater Practical steps in a bribery investigation – UK and US perspectives (online ed, LexisPSL)
LexisNexis (ed) Amanda Raad, Arla Kerr, Matthew Burn and Chris Stott Privilege in DPA Negotiations (online ed, LexisPSL)
Amanda Raad, Jo Torode, Arla Kerr and Mair Williams “Self-Reporting to the Authorities and Other Disclosure Obligations: The UK Perspective” in Judith Seddon, Eleanor Davison, Christopher J Morvillo, Michael Bowes QC and Luke Tolaini (eds) Global Investigations Review: The Practitioners’ Guide to Global Investigations (2nd ed, Law Business Research Limited, London, 2018)
Member, New Zealand Bar Association
Member, Lawyers for Climate Action New Zealand Inc