Kristy P McDonald ONZM KC

Kristy P McDonald ONZM KC


Kristy is one of New Zealand’s senior barristers and a King’s Counsel.

She specialises in litigation and strategic legal advice, inquiries and reviews and governance.

She provides leadership, mentoring and collegial support. See leadership.

In recognition of her skills and contributions Kristy was appointed Queen’s Counsel (now known as King’s Counsel) in 1999 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019.

Practice areas

  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Administrative/public law
  • Government and regulatory
  • Public and organisational inquiries
  • Criminal, serious fraud/securities
  • Trusts
  • Professional discipline
  • Mediation
  • Governance and leadership
  • Corporate and organisational investigations and reviews
  • Health and Safety


  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • New Zealand Institute of Directors


  • 1981 BA LLB University of Otago
  • 1987  LLM (Hons) University of Canterbury
  • 1999  Queen’s Counsel.