Katrina Hammon

LLB, Partner

Katrina is a partner in the national Corporate & Commercial team.

Katrina advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial work, including commercial contracting, mergers and acquisitions, consumer law, advertising and marketing, retail leasing, franchising and licensing.

She represents leading New Zealand manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers as well as a growing number of international companies who export to New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region either directly or via joint ventures, master franchises or other forms of licence arrangements with locally based companies.
Katrina provides advice to clients as to how to best comply with legislation and regulations including the Medicines Act, Fair Trading Act, Privacy Act and Advertising Standards Authority codes. She is also experienced in reviewing advertisements and promotions, drafting terms and conditions, and making or responding to Advertising Standards Authority complaints.

Katrina is well known across Australia and New Zealand, and regarded as a leading retail, consumer markets and franchise lawyer.  She has wide-ranging experience in the retail, grocery, distribution, travel, fashion, therapeutic goods, hospitality, beauty and hair, medical, media and advertising and consumer finance services sector.

"I am excited about the changing face of retail and the opportunities this presents to my clients.  I adopt a strategic approach when working with business teams to develop commercial solutions that address legal issues."

Recent Projects

  • Leading a series of acquisitions for an ASX listed company whereby independent agencies either sold their shares to the client or entered into network agreements that contained future share purchase options. These transactions included a range of merger and acquisition activity, including due diligence, put and call options, earn outs, and the issue of ASX listed shares in part consideration of the purchase price.

  • Delivering an interim outsourced solution to an NSX/ASX listed company for the review and negotiation of procurement agreements.

  • Advising global quick service restaurant brand with exploiting alternate channels to distribute products, including travel retail, inflight meals, grocery and delivery.

  • Advising medical services business on expansion to New Zealand, including corporate structure, brand protection, supply chain, retail leasing, advertising and competition and consumer law (including Medicines Act, Fair Trading Act and Advertising Standards Authority codes.

  • Advising meat processing plant in connection with supply chain contracts, reviewing insurance liability, managing risk, exploiting new supply and distribution opportunities, consumer law and Fair Trading Act, food safety, marketing and advertising.

  • Advising a multinational digital platform on compliance to New Zealand marketing and consumer laws, including reviewing promotional collateral and pricing claims.

  • Advising listed global retail and service chain with over 400 outlets across AU/NZ in connection with New Zealand retail leasing portfolio, regulatory and franchise advice.

  • Assisting a Global cosmetic and appearance medicine system to launch in New Zealand by leading the transactions for the acquisition of several clinics, preparing the suite of franchise documentation and advising on regulatory compliance to therapeutic advertising laws.

  • Advising a trans-Tasman security services firm on customer agreements, disputes, updating contract templates and advising on rollout of new pricing policies.

  • Assisting a multinational hotel chain in updating and strengthening its commercial accommodation agreements and running workshops with the national finance team on contracting fundamentals and mitigating risk within their business.

  • Advising a New Zealand natural supplement provider on the application of New Zealand regulations to the launch of a new product to New Zealand, including consideration of medical regulations, therapeutic advertising laws, privacy laws and other consumer laws.

  • Preparing terms and conditions, software-as-a-service agreements and leasing agreements for a tech start-up.

  • Supporting a client’s newly established offshore sourcing office through leading the legal negotiations with South East Asian manufacturers for the direct sourcing of goods to New Zealand and Australian businesses.

  • Preparing international licencing and distribution agreements for the expansion of a leading New Zealand food supply brand into offshore markets.

  • Advising on a range of transport and logistics contracts, including in relation to international freight forwarding agreements and 4PL suppliers.

Recent Articles


Court of Appeal Reviews Sentence for Fair Trading Act 1986 Breaches

In its first case considering sentencing under the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA), the Court of Appeal has significantly reduced the fines imposed by the High Court in Commerce Commission v Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd [2020] NZCA 549.

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Does your mental arithmetic match what the receipt says at the till?

In the lead-up to Christmas and with increased competition for discretionary spend (thanks to COVID-19), retailers must be careful when adopting pricing and promotional campaigns and ensure the point-of-sale pricing is accurate. This recent case highlights the need to quickly respond to customer complaints and correct pricing errors or risk substantial penalties, even where the financial gain to the retailer is minimal.

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Covid-19: Avenues to resolve rental disputes and cancellation for non-payment of rent

In the aftermath of Auckland’s second “lockdown”, there has been significant media attention regarding the breakdown of rental negotiations between commercial landlords and tenants, which in many cases has resulted in disputes and subsequent cancellations of leases by landlords.

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Toy Importers Fined for Supplying Unsafe Goods

In late 2018, the Commerce Commission began investigating Greenstar Holding Limited (Greenstar) and SDL Trading Limited (SDL) due to concerns that they each supplied retailers with children’s toys that did not meet product safety standards.

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Use of Influencers in Advertising – important new changes for advertisers and influencers released by the Advertising Standards Authority

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has released a guidance note (Note) to clarify their expectations around influencer advertising. Its purpose is to benefit consumers with increased certainty and transparency when advertisers use influencers to promote their products or services.

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Pivoting in procurement – suppliers and purchasers forced to urgently review contracts and procurement processes

Supply chain has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and New Zealand is swiftly moving through the lockdown levels.

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Crisis cartels or COVID collusion: Supreme Court Judgement a timely reminder against cartel arrangements

A Supreme Court judgement handed down last month related to the Commerce Commission’s cases against real estate agencies in Hamilton in connection with TradeMe fees for properties listed for sale. The Commerce Commission has to date secured $19m in penalties and the High Court will now determine the penalties for the remaining two agencies and two individuals. This time next year it will be a criminal offence to enter into a cartel arrangement in New Zealand. This aligning New Zealand competition law with that of Australia and other trading partners.

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COVID-19: Safe harbour from insolvent trading – what does this mean for directors?

As COVID-19 has dramatically changed the business landscape in New Zealand, many directors have been left wondering whether their efforts to save their businesses could expose them to personal liability for trading whilst insolvent.

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COVID-19: Urgent measures taken to avoid or delay insolvencies - Important changes to the Companies Act 1993

At a press conference today given by Finance Minister Grant Robertson (Minister) it was announced that the government will be introducing legislation to amend the Companies Act 1993 (Act) to help companies that are faced with insolvency due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Commercial Leases and Pandemics

Do you understand your obligations and if rent will be payable during the lockdown? Many businesses are non-essential business and will not be able to access or operate from the commercial premises they lease during lockdown.

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