Kate is a qualified mediator and practised as a commercial lawyer for nearly two decades.  She now specialises in helping people resolve their differences through mediation, facilitation, independent chairing and coaching (and everything in between).

She graduated from Otago University in 1999 with a double degree in laws and arts. Kate then joined Anderson Lloyd and was with the law firm for 11 years, including seven as an Associate. She specialised in commercial and property law.

Kate spent time advising NGOs in Kenya, before she joined Goldsmith Law in 2012. After six years as an Associate and Contracts Manager with the firm, she established her own consultancy focused on governance, legal risk management and dispute resolution. Kate was admitted to the Bar in 2000 and remains an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She is a workplace investigator and has specialist knowledge in the seafood and education sectors.

Kate’s legal knowledge, mediation training and understanding of governance mean she knows how to guide business owners, directors and co-workers through difficulties in their relationships. She is also interested in stakeholder management and engagement as relationships between businesses and organisations are also crucial.

Working style

Kate is effective and authentic.

“My role is clear. I’m there to help build healthy, functional relationships that become enduring.”

Kate is a very good communicator and problem solver, by virtue of her analytical skills, technical knowledge and facilitation techniques.

In person, you will hear Kate before you see her. But don’t be fooled by her gregarious nature. Her mind is constantly active and seeking out solutions.

Kate Hesson - Dunedin Lawyer

Memberships & Panels

  • Councillor and Associate Member of Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand
  • Member of Institute of Directors
  • Member of Otago Women Lawyers' Society
  • Past Director of the New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council
  • Member, Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Contracted Advisor to the Ministry of Education
  • Contracted Mediator, Investigator and Adjudicator to Fair Way Resolution