Mark Calderwood

Senior Associate Pouarataki Pāhake

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Mark specialises in public and regulatory law. He advises a wide range of public and private sector clients on their public law and regulatory issues spanning the financial services, utilities, film and media, disaster response insurance, transport and health sectors.

Mark has a strong understanding of the Government sector, following a year working in the Cabinet office (part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet). He advised the Governor-General, Prime Minister and Ministers on a range of constitutional and machinery of Government issues. Mark has experience advising Government departments and Crown entities on issues ranging from governance, conflicts of interest management, requests for official information, and statutory interpretation. His expertise extends to regulatory investigations and is a strong advocate for his clients in all regulatory settings.

Mark appreciates the commercial, strategic, reputational and legal risks at play in any given matter and provides pragmatic advice that is cognisant of those factors. He is responsive to client needs and can be relied upon to deliver successful outcomes.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts and his time in the Cabinet Office, Mark worked for the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and another leading law firm in Wellington. This experience has provided Mark with strong networks in Wellington and a unique set of skills that traverses legal, policy, and political issues.

Mark is proud of his whakapapa and champions Te Ao Māori within the firm.

Career highlights

Advising clients on a range of regulatory matters including health and safety, consumer protection, financial regulation, transport and utilities.

Advising clients subject to, and conducting, independent reviews and inquiries into a range of issues including conduct and culture matters.

Advising a range of clients (including public service agencies, Crown entities and political decision-makers) on public sector decision-making processes, including the management of conflicts of interest.

  • Member, Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa
Achievements and recognition
  • Band 1 team, Public Law, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Tier 1 team, Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific