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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.

  • Lawyers Worldwide: 900


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

Philip Bremer

Philip BremerSpecial Counsel

Miles Dean

Miles DeanSpecial Counsel

Clare Sinnott

Clare SinnottSpecial Counsel

Fiona Tregonning

Fiona TregonningSpecial Counsel

Emma Warden

Emma WardenSpecial Counsel

Senior Associate

Kate Anderson

Kate AndersonSenior Associate

Lauren Archer

Lauren ArcherSenior Associate

Charlotte Carey

Charlotte CareySenior Associate

Kate Cruickshank

Kate CruickshankSenior Associate

Matthew Ferrier

Matthew FerrierSenior Associate

Emma Peart

Emma PeartSenior Associate

Adrianne Reid

Adrianne ReidSenior Associate


Geena Billows

Geena BillowsMarketing Coordinator

Paul Foley

Paul FoleyConsultant


Cartel Conduct Now a Criminal Offence
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2021

Key points following the legislative change From Thursday 8 April 2021, it is a criminal offence to enter into or give effect to an agreement containing a cartel provision. Individuals who participate in cartel conduct can be imprisoned for up to seven years. A cartel provision is a provision in an arrangement between competitors that has the purpose, effect or likely effect of fixing price, restricting output, and/or allocating markets. The criminal offence must be proven to the criminal standard of proof – beyond reasonable doubt – and will require proof of intent...

Court of Appeal Confirms Liability of Mainzeal Directors
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2021

The Court of Appeal has delivered its eagerly anticipated judgment in proceedings brought by the liquidators of Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd against its former directors, including Richard Yan and Dame Jenny Shipley. In those proceedings, the liquidators sought compensation for breach of certain statutory duties of directors engaged on a company’s insolvency: sections 135 (reckless trading) and 136 (incurring obligations) of the Companies Act 1993...

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Digital Identity NZ Releases Report Addressing Identity Verification for AML/CFT Purposes
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2020

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is proud to have worked alongside Digital Identity NZ (a New Zealand Tech Alliance member) (DINZ), providing the legal input into DINZ’s report, “The reliance and reuse of identity verification for AML/CFT purposes” (Report). At this stage, the Report has been released to DINZ members and selected other parties. MinterEllisonRuddWatts strongly supports the work DINZ is doing to facilitate greater use of digital identity technology. This technology will likely result in more efficient compliance with the AML/CFT regime. More New Zealand commerce is shifting online, resulting in an increased reliance on digital transactions...

Top Law Firm Named National Leader for Gender Diversity and Inclusion
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2020

MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ leadership towards greater gender diversity and gender initiatives in the legal profession was again recognised at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2020, with the firm taking out the award for New Zealand Firm of the Year for Gender Diversity for the fourth year in a row. MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Chief Executive, Andrew Poole said: “We are enormously proud to be recognised once again for our commitment to diversity and gender equality. “Diversity and inclusiveness, particularly respecting individuality, are at the heart of our firm’s values and culture...

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