Ella is an Associate in the firm's litigation team specialising in criminal defence work, employment disputes and civil litigation work.
Ella’s expertise in criminal defence covers all matters including drug offending, violence, sexual violence, dishonesty and driving offending.
Before joining the firm, Ella spent several years working as an Intermediate Crown Prosecutor in Tauranga. There Ella conducted over 30 jury trials as lead counsel, prosecuted numerous judge-alone trials, and regularly appeared as second counsel on serious matters including murder, manslaughter and multi complainant sexual violence trials. While at the Crown Ella also regularly appeared on a broad range of appeals matters in the High Court, including appeals on conviction, sentencing and bail.
Ella also advises on employment and civil litigation matters. Prior to working for the Crown Ella spent time working in the employment and civil litigation space. Ella has acted for employer and employee clients. She is available to advise on matters surrounding employment agreements, personal grievances, civil disputes, contract disputes and represent clients at mediation.
Ella graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics.
Ella prides herself on finding pragmatic solutions to people’s legal problems and enjoys being able to use her skills as an experienced advocate to represent clients in Court when necessary.
Ella is based in our Wanaka office however she is available to meet with clients in our Queenstown office.
- LLB (First Class Honours), BA - University of Otago