Rachael ChandraSenior Associate LLB
Born in beautiful Fiji, Rachael Chandra is your typical Fijian and brings to the Smith & Partners team her warm yet professional personality. She completed her conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees (Politics) at the University of Auckland, and now practices as one of our most experienced senior lawyers.
In her current role, Rachael is part of the wider Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. She predominantly practices in the area of employment law, representing both employer and employee clients. Rachael is passionate about this area of law due to the challenges it presents, is fast moving, affects people in their everyday lives and allows her to produce results for her clients that make a real difference to them.
Rachael also has extensive experience in the areas of relationship property and general civil disputes, including Court proceedings, which forms the other part of her practice. She thoroughly enjoys working in these practice areas also.
Being involved in any type of dispute is stressful for clients. Rachael’s approach to disputes is pragmatic. She takes the time to understand cases, assess the issues, risks and costs that could be involved in resolving the dispute, and advises her clients on their options. Court proceedings is generally discouraged and are often avoided through sound advocacy, negotiation and mediation skills. Rachael also helps her clients manage the stress of being involved in a dispute and guides them through that process.
Rachael is extremely passionate about Smith & Partners’ involvement in the community, and through her role in the Management Team helps identify and work on community focused projects.
Rachael currently volunteers her time on the Eden/Albert and Henderson Citizens Advice Bureau.
When not working, Rachael enjoys sports, music and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Rachael in the news
Human Resources Director magazine – article outlining the June 2023 law changes extending the timeframes for workplace sexual harassment claims – ‘Law change increases timeframe for sexual harassment claims’