Catriona MacLennan is a barrister. She was admitted to the Bar and practised initially in Christchurch before working full-time as a journalist for a decade. Catriona returned to practising law in 1996 and from 1997 until 2012 practised in South Auckland, first in Otahuhu and later at Manukau.

Catriona worked for Fowler, Glynn & Co, a small firm which predominantly carried out family and domestic violence work. Catriona was then involved in establishing Nga Ture Kaitiaki ki Waikato Community Law Centre and worked there for two years as its founding and head lawyer. During that time, Catriona acted for clients in the areas of consumer and credit law, family, employment, immigration, benefit law, criminal and traffic. She was one of the first lawyers to encounter and act in relation to house buy-back schemes, and campaigned for them to be banned. The Government subsequently legislated in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 to make the schemes far more difficult to implement but did not ban them outright.

Catriona then set up practice as a barrister, before returning to work at Nga Ture Kaitiaki for a further year in 2005. Since 2006, Catriona has practised as a barrister. She worked as a Duty Lawyer at the Otahuhu and Manukau District Courts for 11 years. Catriona has appeared in the District Court, Family Court, Environment Court, High Court and Social Security Appeal Authority.

Catriona has been involved in legal writing and editing since 1984, initially writing headnotes and case notes for Butterworths. She has written extensively about almost all areas of law for a wide range of legal publications, including LawTalk, Law News and NZLawyer. Catriona wrote a column called “The MacLennan Report” for NZLawyer and later wrote articles about High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court decisions for the magazine. Catriona wrote the lead story in Law News each week for 12 years. Since 2005, Catriona has written eight articles about legal issues four times a year for the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives’ quarterly publication, Envoy.

Links to a few of Catriona’s legal articles are listed below.