“Elizabeth is an associate specialising in complex commercial disputes. She has acted and advised on a wide range of matters both in the UK and in New Zealand”

Elizabeth has a particular interest in commercial fraud. While practising in New Zealand, Elizabeth gained experience in the insolvency, recoveries and enforcement area, representing major government and non-goverment clients, including insolvency practioners from global accountancy firms. She regularly appeared as Counsel in the High Court on bankrupcty and liquidation proceedings. In addition to her civil experience, Elizabeth worked as a Crown prosecutor in New Zealand. In that role, she appeared regularly as Counsel in the District Court and High Court conducting jury trials and other criminal hearings. She has also appeared as junior Counsel on appeals in the Court of Appeal.


Elizabeth, a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, joined Cooke, Young & Keidan in November 2017, initially on a part-time basis while completing post-graduate study. Previously, she was a senior solicitor at Meredith Connell, the Office of the Crown Solicitor in Auckland, New Zealand. She began her career as a solicitor at Russell McVeagh in New Zealand.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Otago with a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Pharmacology, and spent a semester studying at Charles University, Prague. She was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2013. She will graduate with a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science in December 2018.

Publications, articles and seminars

“Eleventh Circuit overturn lower court ruling requiring arbitration in Florida” Matthew Gale and Elizabeth Meade (The Barrister, September 2018)