Kathryn is a partner at SBM Legal (formerly Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon) and is the President of the New Zealand Law Society. She has a BCom (Labour Relations) and LLB from the University of Auckland and has twenty years of practical legal experience.
Kathryn was previously a partner at Haigh Lyon, a firm with a strong tradition in employment law. Kathryn led the employment law team and was also Head of Litigation. Having acted for both major employers and also leading unions, Kathryn is able to bring a unique insight and objectivity to the issues confronting our clients.
She has acted in many leading cases and is a key adviser and facilitator in a number of ongoing, high level union-employer relationships. In addition to employment law, Kathryn’s practice area has developed to include health and education law.
Kathryn is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and acts as a mediator, facilitator and has conducted independent investigations for several large companies, charitable institutions, Trust Boards and a government department. She has also acted as Chairperson and member of disciplinary committees in matters of student discipline for a large tertiary institution.
Kathryn has also had a leading role in the evolving legal framework – as a Convener of the NZLS Employment Law Committee, a submitter for the Law Society to Select Committees on legislative change, educational road shows for the Law Society, and as a regular invited speaker at ADLS, NZLS and private conferences.
What they say
Acclaimed by peers as “incredibly professional and pragmatic,” Kathryn Beck is noted for her experience handling industrial relations proceedings and highlighted for her strategic nous, thoroughness and outstanding negotiation skills. Clients say: “Her knowledge of our business is very good; she is pragmatic and is good value for money. We wish we could clone her.” – Chambers and Partners