• Governance and the rise of the activist shareholder

    As the tide of shareholder activism rises around the world, we look into the implications for New Zealand business as debated at our annual Corporate Governance Symposium.

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  • Opening doors. Introducing our new senior leaders

    We’re growing our team to help you take advantage of new opportunities.
    Introducing our newly promoted senior associates and senior solicitors.

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  • Innovative legal model to unlock train travel

    The establishment of City Rail Link Ltd is key to completing Auckland’s top transport priority. We're proud to advise Government on this significant infrastructure project set to unlock Auckland's rail network.

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  • New Zealand's top law firm, says Chambers

    We're delighted to be named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious 2017 Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards.

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  • MEttle Issue Eight

    Read the latest issue of MEttle, a collection of stories and interviews
    with New Zealand's influential business leaders.

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  • Expertise and new technology converge

    We believe it’s time to introduce new technology to help businesses meet their legal obligations efficiently.

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News and views

  • 08 August 2017

    Governance and the rise of the activist shareholder

  • 20 April 2017

    MinterEllisonRuddWatts is New Zealand Law Firm of the Year, says Chambers

  • 22 September 2017

    Directors of FSPs beware, FMA targets FSPR misuse

  • 21 September 2017

    Reserve Bank issues outsourcing policy

  • 19 September 2017

    Class actions – “liberal and flexible approach” continues

  • 18 September 2017

    ComCom 2017 Consumer Issues Report reinforces three priority areas

  • 18 September 2017

    The New Zealand guide to competition litigation

  • 18 September 2017

    Tokens of our affection: An introduction to ICOs and digital tokens under New New Zealand law

  • 15 September 2017

    ConnectingME | September 2017

  • 12 September 2017

    New Zealand’s first justice precinct opens

  • 12 September 2017

    MinterEllisonRuddWatts authors New Zealand merger control chapter

  • 12 September 2017

    Hold fire until RMA amendments come into force

  • 08 September 2017

    New Zealand as a low-emissions economy – is it possible?

  • 07 September 2017

    Many different hats: the role of the modern general counsel

  • 07 September 2017

    FMA intends to extend exemption notice

  • 07 September 2017

    Hurt and humiliation payments on the rise

  • 04 September 2017

    Leading law firm named finalist in New Zealand Law Awards

  • 04 September 2017

    MinterEllisonRuddWatts advises on major New Zealand telco network sharing arrangement

  • 04 September 2017

    Long awaited change to New Zealand trust law imminent

  • 31 August 2017

    Construction news

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About us

Our culture is built on a passion for delivering excellent service to our clients. We recognise that everyone in the firm plays a part in our success.

We value our people, strive for the highest standards, and encourage collegiality and professionalism. So, a “one firm” approach and fostering good personal relationships with colleagues is important to us.

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How we help

We offer a broad range of expert legal services in the following industry sectors.

  • services

    Banking and Finance

    We deliver timely, innovative and practical solutions to the banking and financial services industry. Our experienced team can design and implement complex structures, but we also know when simple solutions are best.

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    Corporate and Commercial

    Our corporate team is one of the largest in New Zealand, but how we stand out is by listening and understanding what you’re trying to achieve, and helping you achieve it.

  • services

    Dispute Resolution and Litigation

    Our dispute resolution team has an outstanding track record for resolving the most challenging disputes, providing you with practical advice on the law and litigation strategies that enhance your prospects of success.

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    Health and Safety

    All organisations should be aware of their obligations and responsibilities under the new health and safety legislation. Breaching these requirements can be costly for organisations and staff, not only in a financial sense but it can also have a commercial and reputational impact.

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    Our technology team assists organisations across various industries to implement cutting-edge business IT strategies within New Zealand and across the globe.

  • industries


    Our government sector experts have significant skill in advising and acting for every type of Crown-owned or controlled organisation.

  • industries


    Regarded as New Zealand’s leading infrastructure practice, we operate across public facilities, economic and social infrastructure. We advise a range of clients, including Government, constructors, developers, operators, debt providers and investors.

  • industries


    Seeking peace of mind? We provide cost-effective legal services, bringing industry understanding to overcome any challenges our clients face. We work to keep our clients at the forefront of relevant legal and regulatory changes.