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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.

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

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



Whats Going on in the World of Privacy?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2018

Aftershocks from the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are still being felt around the world as countries are faced with the question of whether their own privacy laws are up to scratch. While changes to our privacy framework are still to be finalised, we are keeping a watchful eye on the goings-on overseas that may directly impact New Zealand or could appear on our own Government’s privacy agenda. We watch this space. California One jurisdiction that has scrubbed up its data protection laws to a ‘gold plate’ (read EU) standard is the US state of California...

Protection of Land from Mining and Quarrying by Open Space Covenants Under QEII Trust
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2018

The Supreme Court’s decision in Green Growth v QEII Trust in August 2018 is a reminder of the strength of QEII Trust open space covenants in protecting land from development – including mining and quarrying. It’s important to understand the trust’s purpose and what this court decision means. Purpose of the QEII Trust The QEII Trust’s purpose is to encourage and promote the provision, protection and enhancement of open space for the benefit and enjoyment of New Zealanders. To achieve this, the trust enters into covenants with private landowners...

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts Advises TOMRA in Acquisition of BBC Technologies
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2018

Norwegian-listed company, TOMRA has announced it has acquired BBC Technologies – a Hamilton based, but globally focused, developer and manufacturer of leading fruit sorting technology. The deal sees BBC Technologies’ precision grading systems and innovative punnet and clamshell filling solutions for blueberries and other small fruits join TOMRA Food’s own fruit inspection and grading technology portfolio. The deal follows TOMRA’s acquisition of Auckland-based fruit sorting company Compac in 2016, and is aligned with the company’s strategy to invest in well-managed businesses while adding to its capability...

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...

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