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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.

  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 2
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 200

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 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 Dreadon

Philip DreadonSpecial Counsel

Igor Drinkovic

Igor DrinkovicSpecial 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

Deborah Rowe

Deborah RoweSpecial Counsel

Ana Simkiss

Ana SimkissSpecial Counsel

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer WilsonSpecial Counsel

Senior Associate

Simon Akozu

Simon AkozuSenior Associate

Jenny Ali

Jenny AliSenior Associate

Zoe Barnes

Zoe BarnesSenior Associate

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer CampbellSenior Associate

Jo Carrick-Anderson

Jo Carrick-AndersonSenior Associate

Alex Church

Alex ChurchSenior Associate

Maria Collett-Bevan

Maria Collett-BevanSenior Associate

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca CookSenior Associate

Olivia de Pont

Olivia de PontSenior Associate

Riaia Donald

Riaia DonaldSenior 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

Allison Hancock

Allison HancockSenior Associate

Natalie Healy

Natalie HealySenior Associate

Olivia Higgins

Olivia HigginsSenior Associate

Natasha Hood

Natasha HoodSenior Associate

Hannah Jaques

Hannah JaquesSenior Associate

Tayla johnson

Tayla johnsonSenior 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

Kate Muldrew

Kate MuldrewSenior Associate

Jordan Oldham

Jordan OldhamSenior Associate

April Payne

April PayneSenior Associate

Briar Richardson

Briar RichardsonSenior Associate

Liz Rowe

Liz RoweSenior Associate

Julian Spring

Julian SpringSenior Associate

Wendy Wang

Wendy WangSenior Associate

Geoffrey White

Geoffrey WhiteSenior 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

Andrew Poole

Andrew PooleChief Executive

Cathy Quinn

Cathy QuinnConsultant

Peter Rowe

Peter RoweSenior Corporate Counsel

Bryan Ventura

Bryan VenturaSenior Solicitor


AML/CFT Act statutory review – Ministry of Justice calls for submissions
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

Today, the Ministry of Justice (Ministry) released the consultation document for its statutory review of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act). The Ministry has asked for submissions, or feedback through an online questionnaire, by 5pm on 3 December 2021. This consultation is a keystone component of that statutory review, which commenced on 1 July this year as required under s 156A(1) of the AML/CFT Act...

Can we vaccinate? Yes, we can.
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations are now on the list of topics to avoid at dinner parties (which are still virtual for those of us in Auckland). Globally, we have seen COVID-19 vaccinations create mixed emotions around civic responsibilities and bodily autonomy, and spark protests in breach of many “stay at home” orders. In New Zealand, the pressure is now on employers and private organisations to decide whether they will require their employees (and other workers) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is no easy task...

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Kainga Ora partners with leading banks for new shared ownership scheme for first home buyers
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

With the support of two leading banks, Kāinga Ora has announced a new path to homeownership in New Zealand via a shared ownership scheme. As the country’s house prices continue to skyrocket, and homeownership for many is pushed further out of reach, the new shared ownership scheme has been designed to help lower income families into homes where they cannot save a deposit. Under the new First Home Partner product scheme, Kāinga Ora will take an ownership share of the homes it helps families buy, and over time the new households would buy shares back to become homeowners. Leading law firm, MinterEllisonRuddWatts advised long-standing client Kāinga Ora on the scheme...

Stacey Shortall and Cathy Quinn recognised as leading legal influencers in power list
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partner Stacey Shortall and Consultant Cathy Quinn have again been recognised as leading legal influencers in New Zealand in this year’s LawFuel’s Power Lawyer List. The LawFuel Power List, in its fifth year of publication, is a list of the country’s top 50 most powerful and influential lawyers. Former LawFuel Lawyer of the Year Stacey Shortall is recognised as a major influencer and philanthropic advocate as well as being an accomplished commercial lawyer. Stacey is regularly recognised and awarded for her leading legal expertise and as a change advocate in New Zealand...

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