Rachel Scott


  • LLB, University of Waikato, 2004
  • Grad. Diploma in Mgt Studies, University of Waikato, 2001
  • Admitted to the Bar, 2005

Rachel’s litigation practice focuses on being an advocate for her clients and getting the best client outcome possible.

Rachel has regularly appeared for clients in all courts, specialist tribunals and, in mediations and arbitrations, acting for both large institutional clients and private clients. She specialises in insolvency, land disputes (including Māori land), while she is one of the few Counsel with wide experience in tax disputes and tax debt, having worked previously as inhouse Counsel for Inland Revenue. She provides advice on the following types of matters:

  • All aspects of tax disputes and IRD investigations
  • Insolvency related applications for receiverships, liquidation, bankruptcy and cross border insolvency, for insolvency practitioners, advice for creditors and directors of companies in solvency distress
  • Company Law offences and disputes
  • Land disputes and Māori land
  • Disputes relating to valuation law; including disciplinary and negligence matters for valuers
  • Regulatory prosecution defence in health and safety matters and resource management.
  • General civil matters, including restraint of trade and business warranty breaches.

Prior to joining Holland Beckett Law, she worked at two large Waikato firms and the IRD. 

Rachel is a member of RITANZ, the professional body for insolvency practitioners and those working in the field of business reconstruction.

Community Activity

  • Current Honorary Solicitor of Volunteering Waikato
  • Current regular supporter of Student competitions at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, The University of Waikato
  • Past chair (multiple terms) of Volunteering Waikato
  • Past chair Young Practitioners and Member of the Admissions Committee, Waikato Bay of Plenty Law Society