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Sarah Salmond

Sarah Salmond



  • International Trade
  • Government
  • Corporate and Business
  • Public Law

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WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Sarah is a Corporate Partner with 20 years’ experience of advising clients on Public, Regulatory and International Trade Law matters.

Sarah is a leading provider of public law and regulatory advice across a range of industry sectors, including agriculture and fisheries, food and beverage, transportation, postal and distribution, telecommunications, airports and energy. She assists her clients to understand complex legal requirements; capitalise on regulatory opportunities; participate effectively in regulatory investigations and public inquiries; present persuasively in disputes with decision-makers; and develop arguments and strategies that secure favourable legislative and policy changes. Prior to practising law, Sarah was a regulatory economist and a regulator. This multidisciplinary experience, when coupled with a thorough understanding of the political and administrative contexts, gives Sarah’s advice an edge.

Sarah also specialises in helping her clients to address the challenges of trading goods and services across national borders. She heads the firm’s International Trade Practice and is the only lawyer from a major New Zealand law firm recognised for Trade Law by The Best Lawyers™ in New Zealand 2020. Sarah has market-leading expertise in the areas of: customs and excise law; export controls and sanctions; trade remedies; domestic and overseas market access requirements; bilateral trade and investment agreements; and World Trade Organisation negotiations, rules and disputes. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2012, Sarah spent 10 years working in London, Washington D.C. and Paris. This multi-jurisdictional experience gives her a unique and valuable perspective on international matters.

Bar Admissions

2013, New Zealand


LLB, BCA (Commercial Law and Public Policy) and BA (Politics) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Areas of Practice

Agricultural | Competition | Corporate and Business | Government | International Trade | Public Law | Regulatory

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Recognised for Trade Law by The Best Lawyers™ in New Zealand 2020

Professional Associations

Board Member, New Zealand International Business Forum, since July 2018
Board Member, British New Zealand Business Association, since May 2018


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MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

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COVID-19: Summary of Government Support Available
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

The New Zealand Government has provisioned $52 billion to spend (if necessary) on measures that cushion the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and communities, and support the long-term recovery of the country’s economy. The support programmes announced to date are primarily targeted at keeping businesses afloat and keeping employees in work using a variety of tools, including subsidies, preferential loans, revenue foregone and relaxations of regulatory obligations...

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