Public Law

An important part of doing business includes understanding how working with government is different from working with the private sector. Our team understands how public and private sector clients can best connect to do business effectively.

We assist public sector clients on how to best exercise their statutory powers, as well as with the drafting and interpretation of legislation. Members of our team have held roles within government and public sector organisations so understand the sector well. On the private sector side, we assist clients in engaging with government including regulators, in seeking to influence policy and legislative reform, and in complying with their legal obligations.

Our clients value our pragmatic and commercial advice, which takes into account our clients commercial objectives, and the legal and regulatory environments in which they operate. So when business and government needs to connect, talk to us.

"They provide very succinct advice, and tailor it to the clients' needs." Chambers Asia Pacific

Who can help

Aaron Lloyd

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Aaron is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution division. He advises clients on a range of litigious and risk related matters, with particular expertise in the areas of white collar criminal and regulatory affairs, sports law and employment law.  Aaron leads our sports law practice, and is a member of the firm’s health and safety and public law teams.

Aaron is well regarded by clients for his ability to analyse and strategise complex situations. He is recognised by both clients, and his peers, for being able to implement pragmatic and commercial strategies to minimise risk and create opportunity for our clients. His ability has resulted in clients avoiding significant litigation and commercial consequences.

In 2017 Aaron was named by Chambers & Partners (Asia Pacific) as one of New Zealand’s leading sports lawyers, and has been recognised for his employment and sports law expertise in other legal directories including Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who.

Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts Aaron practiced as a barrister with Paul Davison QC, and has lectured at the University of Auckland.

Aaron Lloyd


Dispute Resolution and Litigation

P: +64 9 353 9971
M: +64 21 532 000

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


Public Law

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

Jane Parker

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Jane leads the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, and sits on the board of the firm’s joint venture, McCarthy Finch, investigating how legal services can be provided using artificial intelligence.

Jane specialises in commercial projects and commercial law with a particular focus on technology, procurement, public sector contracting and governance.

Jane has over 20 years of experience working in and for technology and blue chip organisations. She is trusted with clients’ most business-critical and complex technology projects, right across the technology spectrum. She is recognised as a practical option-generator, an excellent facilitator and clear communicator.

Jane Parker


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 4 498 5128
M: +64 27 444 5993

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


Employment and Public Law

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

Stacey Shortall

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Stacey has over 20 years of experience successfully representing financial institutions, other corporate clients, public sector entities and directors and officers in significant litigation and regulatory matters. She has advised in complex disputes and investigations involving contractual breaches, the exercise of statutory powers, misleading statements and omissions, insurance cover, fraud, accounting improprieties, bid-rigging, money laundering, tax abnormalities, health and safety violations, fair trading concerns, construction issues, food safety and medical matters.

Stacey has substantial trial and appellate experience. She returned to the firm in 2010 after spending 11 years working for top litigation firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York (selected as the best litigation firm in the United States by The American Lawyer in 2006).

Stacey has been recognised by international legal research directories as a leading lawyer and was named in the Legal Media Group Rising Stars 2015 guide (an international publication that identifies “the brightest young talent”). She also was named in the NZ Lawyer 2015 Hot List.

Stacey co-authored the 2016 Thomson Reuters book Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand: Know the Law, which covers all the essential elements of the new health and safety Act, the legal framework and policy background, while also discussing relevant cases from New Zealand and Australia.

Under the “WHO DID YOU HELP TODAY” social movement she founded, Stacey has also developed Homework HELP Clubs around New Zealand (a weekly programme that partners businesses or organisations with low decile primary schools), the Mothers Project (a prison programme to help jailed mothers maintain meaningful connections with their children) and HelpTank (a skilled volunteering digital platform).

Stacey Shortall


Dispute Resolution and Litigation

P: +64 4 498 5118
M: +64 21 246 3116

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