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September, 2012 - Aukland, New Zealand


Minter Ellison Rudd Watts named as Best New Zealand Firm for Women in Business Law


Minter Ellison Rudd Watts has won a clean sweep of the New Zealand firm awards at the prestigious Euromoney Australasia Women in Business Law Awards which took place last night at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel. Namely: Best New Zealand Firm for Women in Business Award, as well as the City Award for Auckland and Wellington.

Cathy Quinn, chair of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and winner of the 2010 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award (New Zealand) said “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised. These awards are a real testament to and recognition of the excellent work that all our partners and staff are undertaking.

However, it's not just about women. It’s about how as a firm we have long encouraged an environment that accepts diversity, tolerates difference and celebrates a diverse range of opinions and approaches. As a result it allows us to approach things in a different way. Diversity encourages creativity and innovation – which makes us better lawyers who can deliver better solutions to our clients".

The awards have been held in other regions for a number of years and have come to Australasia for the first time. They celebrate the progress in law firm gender diversity, innovation, mentoring and talent management. The awards are an opportunity to highlight the achievements of leading women lawyers across Australasia.

Five partners were also named as finalists for 'Best Lawyer' awards

Kate Lane - Banking and Finance
Jennifer Mills - Workplace relations, employment and safety
Cathy Quinn - Mergers and acquisitions / private equity
Silvana Schenone - Rising Star Category
Rachel Devine – Rising Star Category

The firm’s statistics in supporting and welcoming women speak for themselves. Minter Ellison Rudd Watts has a female chair, 49 females and 55 males in senior legal roles and 7 female managers and 4 male managers in non legal management.

For further information please contact:

Cathy Quinn, Partner and Chair
Ph: 09 353 9951
Email: [email protected]


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