Influencing the policy process to achieve alignment with business imperatives is essential for greater success.
We regularly advise clients on industry specific legislation and market regulation, and offer knowledge based on our extensive hands-on experience.
Our experience includes regulation to improve market efficiency, ease market access, and prices for goods and services.
We have experience acting for government, industry and consumers in the design, development and implementation of market arrangements in the electricity and gas sector, as well as the telecommunications industry.
We are also skilled in the development of self-regulatory arrangements that meet similar government objectives without the need for formal regulation.
We are expert at guiding our clients through Commerce Act authorisation processes for industry governance arrangements and assisting in the application of price control to businesses.
Who can help
Dr Ross Patterson
Partner - Competition and Regulation
Ross heads the firm’s competition and economic regulation practice. He has more than twenty-five years of specialist experience, as a lawyer and regulator, and is recognised by Chambers as a Senior Statesman in both Competition and Telecommunications.
He was a partner at Rudd Watts and Stone (now MinterEllisonRuddWatts) between 1989 and 1998, and in MinterEllison (Sydney) from 1998 to 2007, where he headed MinterEllison’s Competition & Regulation practice. Between 2007 and 2012 he was New Zealand’s Telecommunications Commissioner, and a member of the Commerce Commission. Ross returned to the firm in 2013.
Since his return to the firm, Ross has represented clients in relation to merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations, and advised on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour.
In telecommunications he has advised a wide range of telecommunications companies in relation to Telecommunications Act issues, and advised on the ongoing telecommunications sector reform processes.
Ross was the founder of MinterEllison’s online compliance training system, SAFETRAC, and leads the development of Safetrac in New Zealand. www.safetrac.co.nz
Ross has a PhD in competition law. He has published many articles on competition and telecommunications issues, and is a regular speaker at conferences.
Consultant - Competition and Regulation
Christine has held numerous senior legal and business roles during her career, including partner, general counsel, legal consultant to government and the private sector on energy sector issues, co-owner of a strategic consulting firm, regulator, board member and the chief executive of an industry body tasked with developing rules and regulations.
More specifically, her experience includes:
- providing advice to energy sector clients on a range of policy and regulatory matters affecting the supply and delivery of electricity and gas in New Zealand
- providing advice on economic regulation to electricity, gas and telecommunications clients
- assisting clients in other industries on pan industry governance issues.
Christine works with corporate clients who need to engage with regulators to develop policy to ensure their perspectives are understood when considering new legislation and regulation. She also helps clients develop government relations strategy, engage with officials on matters of concern and make submissions during formal consultation processes.
A particular area of Christine’s expertise is the Electricity Act, including the regulations and rules made under that Act, the Gas Act, and the Commerce Act and the inter-relationship between these pieces of legislation.
Christine has significant practical experience in leading and participating in multidisciplinary teams to develop complex industry governance arrangements including arrangements which operate under regulatory and self-regulatory frameworks.
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.