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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.

  • Lawyers Worldwide: 200


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 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

Daniel Fielding

Daniel FieldingSenior Associate

Emma Peart

Emma PeartSenior Associate

Adrianne Reid

Adrianne ReidSenior Associate


Geena Billows

Geena BillowsMarketing Coordinator

Paul Foley

Paul FoleyConsultant


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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