Ross Patterson

Ross Patterson



  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Competition
  • Regulatory
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

WSG Practice Industries


New Zealand

WSG Leadership

Competition and Regulation
Ross heads the firm’s competition and economic regulation practice. He has more than 25 years of specialist experience as both a lawyer and regulator, and is recognised by Chambers as a Senior Statesperson in both Competition and Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT).

He was a partner at Rudd Watts and Stone (now MinterEllisonRuddWatts) between 1989 and 1998, and in MinterEllison (Sydney) from 1998 to 2007, where he headed MinterEllison’s Competition & Regulation practice. Between 2007 and 2012 he was New Zealand’s Telecommunications Commissioner, and a member of the Commerce Commission. Ross returned to the firm in 2013.

Since his return to the firm, Ross has represented clients in relation to merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations, and advised on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour.

In telecommunications he has advised a wide range of telecommunications companies in relation to Telecommunications Act issues, and advised on the ongoing telecommunications sector reform processes.

Ross was the founder of MinterEllison’s online compliance training system, SAFETRAC, and leads the development of Safetrac in New Zealand –

Ross has a PhD in competition law. He has published many articles on competition and telecommunications issues, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the bar in Australia (2004) and New South Wales (1998) and New Zealand (1970)


Ph.D (University of Auckland, 1994)
LLM (Queens University, 1972)
LLB (Hons) (University of Auckland, 1970)
Areas of Practice

Antitrust and Unfair Competition | Competition | Regulatory | Technology | Telecommunications

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a Senior Statesperson – Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) and Competition/Antitrust, Chambers Asia-Pacific
Ranked as a Leading Individual – TMT and Competition, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

“I particularly want to acknowledge and thank Dr Ross Patterson for his commitment to the telecommunications industry since 2007, the work that he has done in times of significant change, and the even hand for which he is renowned”, Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Communications and Information Technology.

“Dr Patterson’s service in his role as New Zealand Telecommunications Commissioner was of the highest order. He contributed very significantly to the efficient and competitive functioning of New Zealand’s telecommunications market. He left his role with an enviable record of achievement to his credit”, Hon David Cunliffe, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, 2004 -2008.

“Dr Patterson has played a significant and important leadership role in the vital structural changes which occurred during his tenure. Throughout his appointment he retained the confidence and respect of the telecommunications companies who appreciated his open and transparent style, his approachability and even-handedness in dealing with complex issues”, CEO of a NZ telecommunications operator.

Professional Associations

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of Australia
Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
Chairman, Akhet Consulting FZ LLE


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...