I’m an experienced and capable lawyer and legal services manager with significant in-house, public sector, commercial, property and corporate experience.
With a diverse background in legal, executive and commercial roles, I bring a broad perspective and appreciate the need for practical and reliable advice aligned to the organisation’s objectives and risk tolerance.
What I enjoy the most about working as an in-house lawyer is being able to truly work as part of the business, developing the deep organisational knowledge that enables you to take your delivery of legal services to another level, and building enduring relationships.
Fulton Hogan, University of Canterbury, Airways New Zealand, NZME, NZTE
Timaru District Council | Group Manager Commercial & Strategy
AgResearch | National Manager of Legal Services; prior to this Corporate Lawyer
Duncan Cotterill | Solicitor
Areas of expertise
- General Counsel
- Commercial, contracting and procurement
- General corporate experience
- Research, science and technology (Crown Research Institutes and Tertiary)
- Crown Entities and Local Government
- Civil contracting/construction
Donna has been a wonderful addition to the legal services provision at UC. Her expertise in the commercial space is of huge value. The clients are loving her contribution and they have only positive feedback about Donna. She’s transitioned into the team seamlessly and is highly regarded.
General Counsel, University of Canterbury
Donna is an experienced, diligent and effective lawyer with a strong commercial and legal background and genuine attention to detail. She knows the value of ‘picking up the phone’ to the client before she starts drafting contracts or preparing advice, and understands the risk/reward inherent in civil contracting and resources businesses. Donna is pragmatic, looks at the big picture and asks the right questions. She has made an excellent contribution to Fulton Hogan and is a real asset for our team.
General Counsel, Fulton Hogan