Government

It's essential to have an understanding of the political environment to represent government departments, agencies and statutory authorities at central and local government levels.

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

We have a broad network at all levels of New Zealand Government – either working within our firm or as board members of commissions, crown companies, state-owned enterprises and ministerial advisory committees. A number of our lawyers have also held senior roles in key government departments.

Whether you are a government agency or corporate client interacting with the government, our specialist team is able to help.

How we help

  • Understand Government operations
  • Understand structural and corporate governance issues arising in the Crown-owned/controlled sector
  • Manage and minimise legal and related risk
  • Navigating legislative, regulatory and administrative compliance requirements

"A rare understanding of the dynamics that exist between the law and politics." Chambers Asia Pacific

Recent work

Electoral broadcasting Acted for TVNZ in judicial review proceedings brought by Gareth Morgan as leader of The Opportunities Party (TOP) in the lead-up to the 2017 General Election in relation to TVNZ’s decision not to include Mr Morgan in one of its pre-election minor parties leaders debates, and the criteria on which that decision was based.

Social housing reforms Advised the New Zealand Treasury on regulatory reform, legislative change and the establishment of an entirely new market through a series of market-seeding transactions (involving the transfer of houses from Housing New Zealand to market participants and entry by those participants into supply contracts).

Who can help

Briony Davies

Partner - Public Law

Briony is an experienced advisor and advocate in public law and regulatory matters. Her expertise is in the development and application of regulatory frameworks, public law litigation and dispute resolution, privacy and data protection, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and crisis management.

Briony has provided a wide range of strategic, legal and litigation advice across the airports, electricity, gas, telecommunications, primary production/processing, transport and financial services sectors. Her clients have included large regulated corporates, government agencies, quasi-regulatory bodies, industry groups, political parties and educational institutes.

Briony Davies

Partner


Public Law
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5134
M: +64 27 444 9736
Email

John McCay

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

John is an experienced corporate and commercial, and public sector lawyer.

He has extensive experience in corporate, commercial law and public law, with a particular emphasis on the infrastructure, technology, gaming, sports, film and entertainment and arts and culture.

John undertakes a broad range of legal work with a particular emphasis on corporate governance, commercial contracting and procurement, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property, and film and television financing.

Recognised as a leading TMT, entertainment, information technology and sports lawyer, John has been consistently listed by publications such as Asialaw, Chambers Global, Australian Legal Business Guide, The Best Lawyers in New Zealand and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers.

John currently serves as a member of the board of each of New Zealand on Air and New Zealand Film Commission.

John McCay

Partner


Corporate and Commercial
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5135
M: +64 21 606 171
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Megan Richards

Partner - Employment and Public Law

Megan leads both the public law team and the Wellington employment team and acts for both public and private sector clients. She has practiced law for over 20 years in top tier firms in New Zealand, Australia and London, and sits on the partnership’s board.

Her practice traverses strategic, litigious and time-critical day-to-day advice on all aspects of Public law and Employment related law. Megan regularly acts for numerous government departments and crown entities (including central government education agencies).

Bringing significant experience to all employment related matters, Megan regularly advises on drafting employment agreements and HR policies, managing poor performance, restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, leave entitlements, minimum standards compliance, secondments, fixed term employment, KiwiSaver, collective bargaining, independent contractor arrangements, establishing business in NZ and recruiting staff, and restraints of trade and other post termination obligations.

As a recognised expert in Employment law, Megan is on the Editorial Boards of employment publications and is also the co-author of the Laws of New Zealand Employment chapter. As a recognised expert in Public Law, Megan is also an external member of the Legislation, Design and Advisory Committee (which is an appointment by the Attorney General).

Megan is also a Public Law expert and advises on exercise of statutory powers, legislative drafting, discrimination and judicial review proceedings, risk management and legal compliance and governance.

Megan’s leading expertise across Employment and Public Law is consistently noted in independent national and international peer guides, including Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific.

She also has specialist expertise in PPPs having acted for the Ministry of Defence (UK) on their defence procurement and Railtrack plc on the privatisation of the UK railway.

Megan Richards

Partner


Employment and Public Law
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5023
M: +64 21 676 430
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Rachel Devine

Partner - Environment and Planning

Rachel provides advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients – from design through to approval, implementation and operation.

Rachel has advised extensively on requirements for resource consents, including major industrial and infrastructure projects, and implications of planning requirements. She has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing and contaminated land.

Her commercial experience means Rachel can provide practical, down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context – corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.

In recognition of her environmental expertise, Rachel is President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association.

Rachel Devine

Partner


Environment and Planning
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9912
M: +64 21 521 299
Email

Rodney Craig

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Rodney leads the Wellington corporate team and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and advising early-stage and growth businesses.

Rodney has an NZX Diploma and has advised a range of listed companies, NZX firms and substantial shareholders in relation to their participation in New Zealand’s capital markets.

A significant part of Rodney’s practice involves assisting early-stage and growth businesses with their legal needs: from day-to-day contracting and compliance issues through to advising on expansion activities and other significant transactions (such as raising capital, the entry or exit of shareholders, entering into joint ventures, or restructuring the business).

Rodney provides sound, pragmatic advice and is able to communicate complex issues in an easy to understand way. He regularly presents seminars and workshops on commercial and corporate law issues, and is a co-author of Lexis Nexis Practical Business Law and several chapters of Morison’s Company Law.

Rodney Craig

Partner


Corporate and Commercial
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5025
M: +64 27 466 9788
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