Sonya Forbes

Special Counsel - Technology

Sonya is a Special Counsel in our Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team with expertise in data, blockchain, technology, telecommunications, outsourcing and complex projects. Sonya also advises on regulatory and ethical compliance and on corporate transactions.

Clients describe Sonya as a positive, proactive and focused business partner whose work product is high quality, thorough and delivered on time. They note her organisational skill, tenacity, and ability to analyse and find practical solutions to multi-dimensional problems.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Sonya worked for other major law firms in New Zealand and in-house for large corporates in the United Kingdom

Professional background

Recent work

Strategic Transformation Programme

Advising Watercare Services Limited on its Strategic Transformation Programme, including on (i) the management of vendor selection processes and transformation programmes generally and (ii) the contractual arrangements for both the critical technology infrastructure (cloud) and the associated implementation project (agile methodology). This was the largest change project the client had undertaken to date and was achieved over an aggressive timescale.


  • New Zealand


  • BA, Victoria University of Wellington
  • LLB, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Telecommunications