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Lumley Centre | Auckland | DX CP24061 | New Zealand

MinterEllisonRuddWatts's Overview

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is one of New Zealand's leading law firms, with offices in Auckland and Wellington. As a full-service law firm we advise our clients in a wide range of practice areas such as corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, competition and regulatory issues, finance, real estate, dispute resolution, public law, employment, and taxation.

Our lawyers work across industry sectors, specialist legal areas and offices, offering clients the benefit of their specialist expertise, industry knowledge and national support.

The firm is a member of the MinterEllison Legal Group, one of the largest full-service legal groups in the Asia-Pacific region, with more than 290 partners and 900 legal staff worldwide. Through an integrated network of offices in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and the UK, our specialist lawyers support both local business and international companies with a range of services.

  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 2
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 290


Areas of Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Agricultural
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Asia
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition
  • Construction
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Education
  • Employment and Labor
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Growth companies
  • Information Technology
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Joint Ventures
  • Litigation
  • Major projects/PPPs
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Natural Resources
  • Privacy
  • Project Financing
  • Property Law
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Securities
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Trademarks
  • Trusts
  • White Collar Crime



Hannah Andrews

Hannah AndrewsSenior Associate

Chris Baldock

Chris BaldockSenior Associate

Julia Batchelor-Smith

Julia Batchelor-SmithSenior Associate

Sarah Blackmore

Sarah BlackmoreSenior Associate

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer CampbellSenior Associate

Alissa Cantrell

Alissa CantrellSenior Associate

Jo Carrick Anderson

Jo Carrick AndersonSenior Associate

Daniel Collins

Daniel CollinsSenior Associate

Riaia Donald

Riaia DonaldSenior Associate

James Dow

James DowSenior Associate

Igor Drinkovic

Igor DrinkovicSenior Associate

Sonya Forbes

Sonya ForbesSenior Associate

Sam Gunson

Sam GunsonSenior Associate

Jennifer Hambleton

Jennifer HambletonSenior Associate

June Hardacre

June HardacreSenior Associate

Paige Howard Smith

Paige Howard SmithSenior Associate

Kate Jenkison

Kate JenkisonSenior Associate

Marie Kissick

Marie KissickSenior Associate

Katrine Kofoed

Katrine KofoedSenior Associate

Mary Lane

Mary LaneSenior Associate

Kristel McMeekin

Kristel McMeekinSenior Associate

Andrea Moore

Andrea MooreSenior Associate

John Morrison

John MorrisonSenior Associate

Marilyn Mrkusich

Marilyn MrkusichSenior Associate

Vimal Nair

Vimal NairSenior Associate

Mihai Pascariu

Mihai PascariuSenior Associate

Liz Rowe

Liz RoweSenior Associate

Ana Simkiss

Ana SimkissSenior Associate

Oliver Skilton

Oliver SkiltonSenior Associate

Jane Standage

Jane StandageSenior Associate

Iain Stephenson

Iain StephensonSenior Associate

Andrew Suggate

Andrew SuggateSenior Associate

Michael Thompson

Michael ThompsonSenior Associate

Travis Tomlinson

Travis TomlinsonSenior Associate

Matt Toulmin

Matt ToulminSenior Associate

Sara Wheeler

Sara WheelerSocial Associate

Tanya Wood

Tanya WoodSenior Associate

Of Counsel

Wendy Blennerhassett

Wendy BlennerhassettSpecial Counsel

Philip Dreadon

Philip DreadonSpecial Counsel

Robert Falvey

Robert FalveySenior International Counsel

Benjamin Jacobs

Benjamin JacobsSpecial Counsel

Shane Johnstone

Shane JohnstoneSpecial Counsel

Thomas Kelly

Thomas KellySpecial Counsel

Sacha Oudyn

Sacha OudynSpecial Counsel



What is the Fair Insurance Code?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2017

The Fair Insurance Code is a voluntary code of conduct agreed to by members of ICNZ.  It applies to those members who provide general insurance to individual consumers and small businesses with 20 employees or less.  The Code outlines the relationship between insurers and consumers and sets minimum service standards in areas including customer on-boarding , claims management and handling. It also sets out disclosure requirements and dispute resolution processes. The Fair Insurance Code is required to be reviewed every three years.  Following ICNZ’s last review in 2014, significant changes were made to impose higher standards on ICNZ members...

Return to Santa
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2017

After the Christmas shopping rush is a distant memory, the leftover Christmas ham has been eaten, and the pohutukawa has dropped the last of its red blooms, many Kiwis are left with unwanted Christmas gifts. For retailers, this can mean an influx of customers wishing to return unwanted items for a multitude of reasons. Customers are not automatically entitled to a refund, exchange or credit note if they change their mind, end up receiving the same gift from two different people, or want to change the colour of their present.  However, retailers need to ensure they understand the rights their consumer customers have...

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Kraft Heinz acquires food and coffee business of Cerebos Pacific
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2017

MinterEllison and MinterEllisonRuddWatts advised The Kraft Heinz Company on its acquisition of Cerebos Pacific Ltd’s food and instant coffee business, including iconic brands Gravox, SAXA, Fountain and Foster Clark’s. Cerebos Pacific is a Singaporean subsidiary of Japan’s Suntory Beverage & Food. Under the agreement, The Kraft Heinz Company, via wholly-owned subsidiaries, will acquire Cerebos’s subsidiary entities in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for approximately $290 million AUD. Cerebos will retain its fresh coffee business in Australia and New Zealand which added to the complexity of the transaction...

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Short Listed in Five Categories for Firm’s Diversity by Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2017

MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ leadership towards greater gender diversity in the legal profession has seen the firm shortlisted for five categories in the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards. The awards celebrate the advancement of women in the legal industry in the Asia-Pacific region, with firms from New Zealand, Australia and greater Asia competing to take top honours...

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