Kylie Bates

Kylie Bates,
Senior Associate

Kylie has practised as a civil litigation lawyer in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK since graduating from the University of Auckland with a BA/LLB(Hons) in 2007.   

She advises clients on a variety of commercial disputes including claims involving contractual issues, professional negligence, insurance, defamation, and misleading and deceptive conduct.  She has appeared in mediations and arbitrations, and before courts and regulatory authorities.  

Kylie started her career at a boutique litigation practice in Auckland, before working in London at a specialist public sector firm focusing on the prosecution of professional discipline cases.  Prior to joining Wilson Harle in 2021, Kylie worked in practices specialising in insurance in Sydney and Auckland, for local and international underwriters of professional indemnity policies in the areas of financial lines, construction risks, and healthcare.   

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Acting for a UK-based manufacturer in proceedings commenced in New Zealand by a local distributor alleging breach and repudiation of contract. 

Acting in subrogated recovery proceedings arising from a high-profile helicopter crash. 

Acting for engineers facing third-party claims for failed remediation works following the Canterbury earthquakes. 

Acting for a project manager in long-running litigation involving claims of professional negligence, breach of contract, and misleading and deceptive conduct arising from the defective refurbishment of a high-value commercial property. 

Appearing with counsel in the New South Wales Coroner’s Court at the hearing of a coronial inquest and inquiry into a fatal apartment fire which considered building compliance with fire safety standards and the wider regulation and enforcement of those standards.