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PwC Tower, 15 Customs Street West | Auckland | 1010 | New Zealand

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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 2020.

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: 180

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
  • 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


Special Counsel

Wendy Blennerhassett

Wendy BlennerhassettSpecial Counsel

Philip Dreadon

Philip DreadonSpecial 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

Ana Simkiss

Ana SimkissSpecial Counsel

Melanie Tollemache

Melanie TollemacheSpecial Counsel

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer WilsonSpecial Counsel

Senior Associate

Simon Akozu

Simon AkozuSenior Associate

Jenny Ali

Jenny AliSenior Associate

Chris Baldock

Chris BaldockSenior Associate

Julia Batchelor-Smith

Julia Batchelor-SmithSenior Associate

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer CampbellSenior Associate

Jo Carrick-Anderson

Jo Carrick-AndersonSenior Associate

Maria Collett-Bevan

Maria Collett-BevanSenior Associate

Olivia de Pont

Olivia de PontSenior Associate

Riaia Donald

Riaia DonaldSenior Associate

James Dow

James DowSenior Associate

Igor Drinkovic

Igor DrinkovicSenior 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

June Hardacre

June HardacreSenior Associate

Olivia Higgins

Olivia HigginsSenior Associate

Vanessa Hunter

Vanessa HunterSenior 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

Jordan Oldham

Jordan OldhamSenior Associate

April Payne

April PayneSenior Associate

Briar Richardson

Briar RichardsonSenior Associate

Liz Rowe

Liz RoweSenior Associate

Matt Toulmin

Matt ToulminSenior Associate

Wendy Wang

Wendy WangSenior 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

Cathy Quinn

Cathy QuinnConsultant

Peter Rowe

Peter RoweSenior Corporate Counsel

Bryan Ventura

Bryan VenturaSenior Solicitor


COVID-19 Alert Levels and the Construction Industry
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert level 3 and 2) Order 2020 came into force at 11:59pm on 12 August 2020, putting Auckland into alert level 3 and the rest of New Zealand into alert level 2. This is the second time New Zealand has experienced the respective alert levels, with parties more prepared and familiar with the requirements and restrictions. Under both alert levels, building and construction work can commence and continue as an essential service, provided that the required health and safety protocols (found on CHASNZ) are in place. There are two key issues currently being discussed in the construction industry...

COVID-19 “Safe Harbour” Not for Sinking Ships
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

Director’s personal liability for company tax debts On 10 July 2020, Inland Revenue issued a public ruling (the Ruling) considering the application of the asset stripping rules (under which directors and shareholders may be personally liable for company tax debts) in the context of the recently enacted exception to certain directors’ duties under the Companies Act 1993 (the Safe Harbour). This Ruling will be of particular interest to company directors dealing with the economic consequences of COVID-19 and those who have already relied on the Safe Harbour. The Ruling can be viewed here, and is summarised below...

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts named top deal team at Australasian Law Awards 2020
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ deal making skills have been applauded at this year’s Australasian Law Awards. The firm was awarded New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year for its work on some of the country’s most significant and iconic deals including advising Brookfield Asset Management on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of Healthscope – a deal that was named as both M&A Deal of the Year and the Australia Deal of the Year. The team showed its depth with two of its Corporate M&A partners, Silvana Schenone and Mark Forman receiving excellence awards as New Zealand Dealmakers, sharing recognition in this competitive category...

MinterEllisonRuddWatts moves to new PwC Tower, Commercial Bay
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

Leading law firm, MinterEllisonRuddWatts relocates its Auckland office to a new purpose-built work space in the PwC Tower at Commercial Bay today. The firm’s Auckland office, comprising 245 people, occupies three and a half floors of the new PwC Tower, joining other leading professional services firms in the 39-level office development. Chief Executive, Andrew Poole says: “Our move places us at the centre of Auckland’s newest professional services hub, and our work environment has been purposely designed to support collaboration, innovation and efficiency...

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