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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


Strike Out Negligence Claim Appeal Dismissed
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

MSC Consulting Group Limited v Oyster Management Limited [2020] NZCA 417 MSC Consulting Group (MSC), a firm of consulting engineers, faced a claim of negligent misstatement by Oyster Management Group (Oyster) and Corinthian Trustees Limited (Corinthian) in respect of seismic reports it prepared. In an appeal dismissing a strike out, the Court of Appeal suggested that a consultant’s duty of care may extend beyond its client to third parties in certain circumstances and that exclusion clauses, where not properly drafted, may not act to exclude liability to those third parties...

Quantum Meruit: Remuneration Where There is No Contract
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

A well drafted contract can facilitate and contribute to a successful construction project. Ideally, contracts should be finalised and signed before any work is carried out on site. In practice, this does not always occur and is not always possible. This can have unfortunate consequences, particularly from the litigation perspective. It is not uncommon to encounter situations where work starts before the execution of a formal contract, and the anticipated contract never materialises...

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Stacey Shortall named Women of Influence Awards finalist
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Congratulations to Partner Stacey Shortall for being named as a finalist in the Board and Management category of this year’s Women of Influence Awards. The awards are an annual celebration of New Zealand’s high-achieving women, with 81 finalists chosen for their strength, scope and the impact of their actions in 10 categories. An internationally recognised and award winning disputes resolution lawyer, Stacey has more than 20 years’ experience successfully representing corporate clients and public sector entities, together with directors and officers, in significant disputes...

Leading law firm named as a finalist in multiple categories at the New Zealand Law Awards 2020
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is proud to be named as a finalist for the Large Law Firm of the Year, Deal Team of the Year and Employer of Choice categories in this year’s New Zealand Law Awards, along with several finalist deal nominations. Senior Associate Igor Drinkovic has also been nominated for Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year. Andrew Poole, the firm’s Chief Executive says: “We’re delighted to be named as a finalist in the large law firm category, and to be recognised for the value we create for our clients, and the commitment that everyone on our team brings to their work...

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