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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.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts was named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards in 2017 and again in 2020.

The firm is a member of the MinterEllison 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: 200

Languages: English Spanish Arabic Cantonese French German Hindi Italian Korean Mandarin Maori Tongan


Areas of Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Climate Change
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition and Regulation
  • Construction
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  • Employment
  • Energy and Resources
  • Environment
  • Film and media
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Forestry
  • Government
  • Health and Safety
  • Immigration
  • Industrial Relations
  • Infrastructure
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Investment Funds
  • Major projects/PPPs
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Privately Owned Businesses
  • Property and Real Estate
  • Public Law
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Trademarks
  • Transport
  • Trusts
Representative Clients
  • ANZ Bank
  • ASB Bank
  • Auckland Council
  • Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)
  • Kiwibank
  • Metlifecare
  • Spark
  • Synlait
  • Trustpower
  • Various New Zealand government agencies
  • Westpac
  • Z Energy


Special Counsel

Philip Dreadon

Philip DreadonSpecial Counsel

Igor Drinkovic

Igor DrinkovicSpecial Counsel

Charlene Fairnie

Charlene FairnieSpecial Counsel

Sonya Forbes

Sonya ForbesSpecial Counsel

Simon Gray

Simon GraySpecial Counsel

Tila Hoffman

Tila HoffmanSpecial Counsel & Business Transformation Manager

Sacha Oudyn

Sacha OudynSpecial Counsel

Alistair Robertson

Alistair RobertsonSpecial Counsel

Deborah Rowe

Deborah RoweSpecial Counsel

Ana Simkiss

Ana SimkissSpecial Counsel

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer WilsonSpecial Counsel

Senior Associate

Simon Akozu

Simon AkozuSenior Associate

Jenny Ali

Jenny AliSenior Associate

Zoe Barnes

Zoe BarnesSenior Associate

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer CampbellSenior Associate

Jo Carrick-Anderson

Jo Carrick-AndersonSenior Associate

Alex Church

Alex ChurchSenior Associate

Maria Collett-Bevan

Maria Collett-BevanSenior Associate

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca CookSenior Associate

Olivia de Pont

Olivia de PontSenior Associate

Riaia Donald

Riaia DonaldSenior Associate

Shona Foster

Shona FosterSenior Associate

Alastair Gatt

Alastair GattSenior Associate

Christine Gordon

Christine GordonSenior Associate

Stephanie Groot

Stephanie de GrootSenior Associate

Sam Gunson

Sam GunsonSenior Associate

Jennifer Hambleton

Jennifer HambletonSenior Associate

Allison Hancock

Allison HancockSenior Associate

Natalie Healy

Natalie HealySenior Associate

Olivia Higgins

Olivia HigginsSenior Associate

Natasha Hood

Natasha HoodSenior Associate

Hannah Jaques

Hannah JaquesSenior Associate

Tayla johnson

Tayla johnsonSenior Associate

Marie Kissick

Marie KissickSenior Associate

Katrine Kofoed

Katrine KofoedSenior Associate

James Marriner

James MarrinerSenior Associate

Suzy McMillan

Suzy McMillanSenior Associate

Marilyn Mrkusich

Marilyn MrkusichSenior Associate

Kate Muldrew

Kate MuldrewSenior Associate

Jordan Oldham

Jordan OldhamSenior Associate

April Payne

April PayneSenior Associate

Briar Richardson

Briar RichardsonSenior Associate

Liz Rowe

Liz RoweSenior Associate

Julian Spring

Julian SpringSenior Associate

Wendy Wang

Wendy WangSenior Associate

Geoffrey White

Geoffrey WhiteSenior Associate

Daria Withers

Daria WithersSenior Associate


Virginia Cassidy

Virginia CassidyMedia and Communications Manager

Scott Jacobs

Scott JacobsDirector, Business Development & Marketing

Milly Jeffries

Milly JeffriesLegal Secretary

John O'Rourke

John O'RourkeHeath and Safety Consultant

Andrew Poole

Andrew PooleChief Executive

Cathy Quinn

Cathy QuinnConsultant

Peter Rowe

Peter RoweSenior Corporate Counsel

Bryan Ventura

Bryan VenturaSenior Solicitor


CCCFA Amendments Delayed
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

On Thursday 9 September 2021, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced a number of changes to legislation due to the shift in COVID-19 alert levels. These changes are: delaying the upcoming amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 (CCCFA); re-activating amendments to the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 for electronic execution of powers of attorney; and re-instating the compliance relief contained in theCOVID-19 Response (Requirements For Entities—Modifications and Exemptions) Act 2020...

A Country Divided: Alert Level Differences and New Zealand’s Construction Supply Chain
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

The Delta variant’s arrival in New Zealand has resulted in a range of novel issues impacting the construction industry.  The latest has arisen due to the interregional differences in Alert Levels.  While Auckland remains at Level 4 until at least 11:59pm on Tuesday 14 September, from 11:59pm tonight, the remainder of New Zealand will move to Level 2. The majority of the country was able to restart construction projects in Level 3, and a move to Level 2 will mean that all projects in those areas can theoretically be back up and running...

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts advises on Allegro Funds’ acquisition of Toll Global Express
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

Leading New Zealand law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts has, together with Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia, advised Australasia’s most-awarded and largest transformation and turnaround private equity firm, Allegro Funds, on its acquisition of Toll Global Express (TGE). It is a landmark deal for Allegro and the culmination of months of work. TGE is a highly diversified transportation and logistics business with a network across Australia and New Zealand. It provides express parcel, freight delivery and domestic forwarding services in Australia, and transport and contract logistics services in New Zealand...

Stacey Shortall honoured as distinguished alumni by Victoria University of Wellington
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partner Stacey Shortall has joined Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington’s distinguished alumni, after being named as a Distinguished Alumni Award winner – one of only six selected in the biennial award process. Award recipients are chosen based on making positive impacts in their communities and beyond, and their achievements are outstanding examples of what graduates from Victoria University of Wellington can aspire towards. Stacey has been recognised for both her leading legal expertise and as a change advocate in New Zealand. Stacey is an internationally recognised litigation lawyer having worked in both New York and New Zealand...

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