Lauren Whitehead

Partner, Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland

JD, LL.B, BCom, Columbia University in the City of New York, University College London, University of British Columbia


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Lauren is an experienced lawyer with a diverse background in projects, construction, infrastructure and general commercial law. She holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University in the City of New York, a LLB from University College London and a BCom in Marketing from the University of British Columbia. Lauren practiced in New South Wales for 9 years before being admitted in New Zealand in 2016.

Lauren is a partner in the Commercial team based in Auckland. She joined the firm in March 2023. Prior to joining Anderson Lloyd, Lauren was the Acting General Counsel at KiwiRail, previously Senior Corporate Counsel at KiwiRail, and was a Senior Associate at another prominent New Zealand law firm and an international law firm based in Sydney, Australia.

Her areas of expertise include infrastructure, construction and government procurement, as well as general projects across a variety of sectors, including rail, roading, housing, telecommunications, defence, and other social infrastructure including prisons and waste management. Lauren is a qualified mediator in both Sydney, Australia and New York City, and has experience in governance and company secretarial matters.

Lauren is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland Women Lawyers Association, Society for Construction Law, Infrastructure New Zealand, the Women’s Infrastructure Network and volunteers her time with the Mothers Project, a pro bono organisation that helps imprisoned mothers understand their responsibilities and rights regarding their children.