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.

Professional background

Recent work

Opposed interim orders application of Election 2017 debates

Acted for TVNZ in successfully opposing an interim orders application after Gareth Morgan sought an injunction prohibiting TVNZ from holding televised election debates without him in the lead up to New Zealand’s 2017 general election.

Maritime regulation

Acting for a major international leisure travel company in relation to meeting its New Zealand regulatory requirements.

Judicial review of the Electricity Authority

Acted for Trustpower in a judicial review of the Electricity Authority’s consultation process on a review of the Transmission Pricing Methodology.

Judicial review of the New Zealand Racing Board

Defended the New Zealand Racing Board in a judicial review brought by the Greyhound Racing Association in relation to funding allocation decisions in 2016.

Local government reorganisation

Advising the Local Government Commission on various legal and strategic aspects of its reorganisation processes in Wellington, Auckland and the West Coast, including acting as counsel for the Commission in relation to appeal to the High Court of the Auckland reorganisation decision.


  • LLM, University of Iowa
  • LLB (Hons), BA, University of Auckland


  • Administrative Law and Judicial Review
  • Government
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Cyber Security