Kate Cruickshank

Senior Associate - Technology

Kate has over 15 years’ experience advising on a range of commercial contracts, with in-depth knowledge of technology contracts. She is known for her ability to provide pragmatic, well-grounded legal advice.

Kate regularly assists her private and public sector clients with large-scale information technology master services agreements, systems integration agreements, subscription agreements for delivery ‘As a Service’ (SaaS), telecommunications services agreements, and support service agreements. In addition to her technology experience, Kate helps clients negotiate a wide range of customer and supplier agreements, particularly in the downstream energy sector, with long term client Z Energy.

With niche experience in the media sector, Kate has acted for many years for the New Zealand Film Commission in relation to their funding of New Zealand films. She assists with negotiating the film financing documents with producers, distributors and sales agents, film financiers, and international film related government agencies.

Kate has both private practice and in-house international experience. She worked in London at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and then as senior legal counsel for Geo Networks, a dark fibre telecoms company. She has strong communication skills having dealt with all parties (both internal and external) to TMT transactions.

Recognised as a Rising Star in TMT by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Kate is known for her ability to provide commercial, pragmatic advice and to work seamlessly with the various business units of her clients. She is described by clients as “a very capable and pragmatic lawyer, her assistance was extremely valuable to our business. Kate was a strong legal resource during the negotiation and drafting process, but also provided a strong commercial voice/sounding board during this process” – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022.

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Professional background

Recent work

NZ Film Commission

Advising the NZ Film Commission on their funding and investment into New Zealand films, involving negotiating all relevant transaction documents, including the interparty agreement that governs all parties’ investments into the film.

Z Energy’s move to SaaS platform

Advising Z Energy on its move from a legacy system to a SaaS platform for its Z Business card offering. This involved negotiation of a master services agreement to underpin the installation and integration services to be provided by, and the ongoing processing agreement with, the SaaS platform provider.

Z Energy’s key customer fuel supply agreements

Advising Z Energy in respect of its large commercial customer fuel supply agreements, which involved drafting, negotiating and problem-solving solutions to enable the high-value agreements to be concluded.

TAB NZ

Advising TAB NZ on the re-negotiation of its key agreements with its counterpart in Australia and with SKY. These agreements relate to the exploitation of NZ racing information and the right to broadcast NZ racing in Australia, and TAB NZ’s rights to AU racing information and to broadcast AU racing in NZ.

Oranga Tamariki

Advising Oranga Tamariki on its move from its legacy ERP system to a SAP SaaS platform available through the All-of-Government SaaS (AoG SaaS) panel arrangements. This involved reviewing the AoG SaaS suite of agreements, negotiating specific variations with the supplier and internal workarounds with Oranga Tamariki, negotiating a Master Services Agreement with a third-party implementation service provider and associated statements of work.

Admitted

  • 2003, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons First Class), BCom (Economics), University of Canterbury

Affiliations

  • Member, Wellington Women's Law Association

Specialisations

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Energy and Resources
  • Film and Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT Contracts
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Awards

  • Ranked as a Rising Star – TMT, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 TMT team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific