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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
Languages: English Spanish Arabic Cantonese French German Hindi Italian Korean Mandarin Maori Tongan


Areas of Practice

Representative Clients


Special Counsel

Philip  Dreadon

Philip Dreadon

Special Counsel
Igor  Drinkovic

Igor Drinkovic

Special Counsel
Charlene  Fairnie

Charlene Fairnie

Special Counsel
Sonya  Forbes

Sonya Forbes

Special Counsel
Simon  Gray

Simon Gray

Special Counsel
Tila  Hoffman

Tila Hoffman

Special Counsel & Business Transformation Manager
Sacha  Oudyn

Sacha Oudyn

Special Counsel
Alistair  Robertson

Alistair Robertson

Special Counsel
Deborah  Rowe

Deborah Rowe

Special Counsel
Ana  Simkiss

Ana Simkiss

Special Counsel
Jennifer  Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

Special Counsel

Senior Associate

Simon  Akozu

Simon Akozu

Senior Associate
Jenny  Ali

Jenny Ali

Senior Associate
Zoe  Barnes

Zoe Barnes

Senior Associate
Jennifer  Campbell

Jennifer Campbell

Senior Associate
Jo  Carrick-Anderson

Jo Carrick-Anderson

Senior Associate
Alex  Church

Alex Church

Senior Associate
Maria  Collett-Bevan

Maria Collett-Bevan

Senior Associate
Rebecca  Cook

Rebecca Cook

Senior Associate
Olivia  de Pont

Olivia de Pont

Senior Associate
Riaia  Donald

Riaia Donald

Senior Associate
Shona  Foster

Shona Foster

Senior Associate
Alastair  Gatt

Alastair Gatt

Senior Associate
Christine  Gordon

Christine Gordon

Senior Associate
Stephanie de Groot

Stephanie de Groot

Senior Associate
Sam  Gunson

Sam Gunson

Senior Associate
Jennifer  Hambleton

Jennifer Hambleton

Senior Associate
Allison  Hancock

Allison Hancock

Senior Associate
Natalie  Healy

Natalie Healy

Senior Associate
Olivia  Higgins

Olivia Higgins

Senior Associate
Natasha  Hood

Natasha Hood

Senior Associate
Hannah  Jaques

Hannah Jaques

Senior Associate
Tayla  johnson

Tayla johnson

Senior Associate
Marie  Kissick

Marie Kissick

Senior Associate
Katrine  Kofoed

Katrine Kofoed

Senior Associate
James  Marriner

James Marriner

Senior Associate
Suzy  McMillan

Suzy McMillan

Senior Associate
Marilyn  Mrkusich

Marilyn Mrkusich

Senior Associate
Kate  Muldrew

Kate Muldrew

Senior Associate
Jordan  Oldham

Jordan Oldham

Senior Associate
April  Payne

April Payne

Senior Associate
Briar  Richardson

Briar Richardson

Senior Associate
Liz  Rowe

Liz Rowe

Senior Associate
Julian  Spring

Julian Spring

Senior Associate
Wendy  Wang

Wendy Wang

Senior Associate
Geoffrey  White

Geoffrey White

Senior Associate
Daria  Withers

Daria Withers

Senior Associate


Virginia  Cassidy

Virginia Cassidy

Media and Communications Manager
Scott  Jacobs

Scott Jacobs

Director, Business Development & Marketing
Milly  Jeffries

Milly Jeffries

Legal Secretary
John  O'Rourke

John O'Rourke

Heath and Safety Consultant
Andrew  Poole

Andrew Poole

Chief Executive
Cathy  Quinn

Cathy Quinn

Peter  Rowe

Peter Rowe

Senior Corporate Counsel
Bryan  Ventura

Bryan Ventura

Senior Solicitor


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