2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): new/not included Ranking (out of 62): —
|Postion & Titles:||Law Society functionary, appointed from President of the Canterbury-Westland branch|
|Judge of:||High Court, Christchurch, since December 2013|
|Specializations and Professional Interests:||The politics of personal associations to achieve legal success in New Zealand, local government and resource management law, commercial disputes and personal and estate litigation|
|Professional Comments:||Justice Dunningham has proven herself in various Law Society and political roles of protecting the secrecy and partisanship which essentially dictate legal results, if not practice, in New Zealand. As appointee on a Standards Committee of the New Zealand Law Society, member of the New Zealand Law Society Legislation Committee, as well as the Resource Management Law Association, she can reasonably be expected to be astute and disciplined in doing whatever is necessary from the bench to foment the myth that law governs the workings of the courts and not partisanship.|
|Background / Education:||Dunningham graduated with an LLB (Hons) 1st Class from Canterbury University and became a solicitor at Buddle Findlay in Christchurch, where she was already employed as a law clerk.
In 2005 Dunningham J became a partner of Buddle Findlay.Before studying law, Rachel Dunningham was employed in various teaching roles with the education sector from 1982 to 1994.
Judge Dunningham’s main practice area has been in local government and resource management law, commercial disputes and personal and estate litigation. She has particular expertise in water-related issues having acted for Rangitata Diversion Race Management and Central Plains Water in the context of Water Conservation Order hearings and large scale consent applications under the Resource Management Act. Justice Dunningham is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Legislation Committee and the Resource Management Law Association.
|Degrees:||BA (First Class Hons) Massey UniversityLLB (First Class Hons) University of Canterbury 1996|
|Admitted to the Bar:||1974|
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