After obtaining both her B.A. (Law) and LL.B. degrees from Stellenbosch University in 1994 and 1996 respectively, Kirstie went on to complete her articles at Mostert and Bosman (Cape Town Partnership) and was admitted as an attorney in 1999 whereafter she was invited to stay on as a professional assistant in the general litigation department. She joined Henry Shields Chiat, a specialist personal injury law firm, in 2000 and was promoted to associate in 2002. Kirstie became a director of DSC Attorneys after the merger on 1 May 2004, in which capacity she was inter alia responsible for the oversight of all litigation within the firm. Kirstie was appointed as managing director of DSC Attorneys on 1 December 2010.

Kirstie specializes in insurance and personal injury law, where she has had extensive experience conducting both High Court litigation and arbitrations in various jurisdictions, relating to actions against the Road Accident Fund as well as other common law personal injury claims, including medical malpractice litigation. Kirstie frequently receives international referrals and has represented a number of clients from the United Kingdom as well as clients from Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Australia, Canada and the United States.

Kirstie has been heavily engaged for a number of years with the ongoing parliamentary process surrounding proposed amendments to the Road Accident Fund legislation. A copy of her submission to parliament in 2017 with regards to the Road Accident Benefit Scheme can be found here.

In September of 2023, the Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill was published for comment, and Kirstie once again contributed to submissions to parliament, a copy of which can be found here.

Kirstie also serves on the Executive of the South African Medical Malpractice Lawyers Association. In 2018 she was invited to address the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Development, following a written submission regarding the proposed State Liability Amendment Bill. A copy of this submission can be found here.

Kirstie Haslam