About us

Named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners first in 2017 and again in 2020, we’re a leading full service law firm with the expertise to help your team achieve your business objectives.

You’ll have access to recognised, experienced legal and business advisers across a wide range of legal services and industry sectors.

Our teams collaborate to bring our best to benefit our clients across key industry sectors including Energy and Resources, Infrastructure, Government, Health, Banking and Financial Services, Managed Funds, Technology and TMT.

We provide a seamless approach for clients in the Asia-Pacific region and more globally. As a member of the MinterEllison Legal Group, you have access to one of the largest full-service legal groups in the Asia-Pacific region- and can hand-pick a team of legal experts to fit your business.

Whether you have a specific requirement or you’d like ongoing legal advice, we want to get to know you. Our team will spend time at your offices to discuss your plans and understand your business. We want to work with you to complement your business.

Delivering value by listening to our clients, caring about their business and delivering technically excellent solutions and innovative advice is at the heart of what we do.

“This firm's substantial team offers clients an abundance of experience and skills." Chambers Asia Pacific

Leadership

Leadership

The firm is governed by a partnership board elected by our partners, and the management team is responsible for the firm's operations. Our division leaders are responsible for our practice areas and legal team management.

If you have a strategic proposal or business opportunity we'd like to hear from you.

Our leadership team

"The firm has an experienced team of partners and solicitors who demonstrate strong technical expertise by providing concise, reliable, direct and commercial advice." IFLR 1000

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainability

Sustainability

Our firm is playing an active part in Aotearoa New Zealand’s sustainability journey, which is already underway. We are passionate about helping to shape New Zealand’s future, and we believe in using our collective skills, time and resources to make a positive impact for our people, our clients, our communities and our planet.

To create the sustainable future we want to see, we commit to three pillars built upon te taiao (environment), ngā tāngata (people) and ngā tikanga (practices). The three pillars see us playing our part in a low emission, circular economy; contributing to social empowerment; and using our position as strategic advisers to positively shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s future.

In 2021, the firm proudly became a Living Wage employer.

We have partnered with Toitū Tahua, the Centre for Sustainable Finance, in its quest to leverage the power and resources of the financial industry for an equitable, inclusive and thriving low-emissions economy.  Our firm helped with the establishment of Toitū Tahua and provides ongoing legal advice to the Centre and some of its implementation groups.

We are also proud to be the first New Zealand law firm to commit to climate conscious drafting applying the approach taken in The Chancery Lane Project.

If you have a strategic proposal about Sustainability, please get in touch with one of our experts.

Learn more by reading our Sustainability strategy and targets.

Community and diversity

Community and diversity

We embrace the responsibilities that extend beyond our client work and encourage all staff to participate in our Community Investment Programme.

We value and encourage individuality and diversity. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, gender expression, accessibility, and sexual orientation. We believe fostering an inclusive workplace environment stimulates collaboration and innovation to help shape New Zealand’s future.

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Market recognition

Market recognition

Our recent market accolades include:

  • New Zealand Law Firm of the Year – Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2020 and 2017
  • New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year – Australasian Law Awards 2020
  • New Zealand Deal of the Year (Vodafone New Zealand acquisition)- New Zealand Law Awards 2020
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year (Acquisition financing of Vodafone New Zealand) – New Zealand Law Awards 2020
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Vodafone New Zealand acquisition) – New Zealand Law Awards 2020
  • Best New Zealand Firm for Women in Business Law – Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards
  • Highly Commended in the Empowerment category – Diversity NZ Awards
  • Best mentoring programme – Euromoney LMG Australasia Women in Business Law Awards

“The firm demonstrates a ‘real interest and willingness to engage in and understand the client’s industry” The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Responsible Consumption and Production of Goods and Services Policy

Responsible Consumption and Production of Goods and Services Policy

Our mission in our Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025  is to make a sustainable positive impact for our people, clients, communities, and planet because we are passionate about shaping Aotearoa New Zealand’s future”. One way we will achieve this mission is through responsible consumption and production of goods and services.

We expect that 100% of our consumption and production of goods and services will comply with this policy by 2025.

The ‘sustainability outcomes’ in our policy are: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste to landfill, protecting and promoting human rights, eradicating modern slavery and ensuring people are paid a living wage, promoting diversity and inclusion and respecting Te Ao Māori and the world view of other indigenous communities.

History

History

We have a rich history. We are proud of our people – past and present – and our contribution to New Zealand:

  • High Court Chief Justice – Justice Susan Thomas
  • The Governor-General of New Zealand – Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy
  • High Court of New Zealand Judges – Justices Allan, Dobson, Thomas, Keane and MacKenzie
  • District Court Judges – Burnett and Crosby
  • Judicial Conduct Commissioner (former) – Sir David Gascoigne
  • President of the Court of Appeal (former) – Sir Ivor Richardson
  • Inaugural Chairman of the Securities Commission (former) – Colin Patterson
  • Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade (former) – John Allen

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We are a member of World Services Group (WSG) – the most prominent global network of independent firms that provides an exclusive setting and platform to connect its members to the most elite legal firms with cross industry access to a select few investment banking and accounting firms.

Through this network, WSG delivers global expertise powered by seamless collaboration and provides the highest quality and value for clients.

WSG is comprised of over 120 prominent firms representing multinational clients worldwide. Members act in over 150 jurisdictions with over 23,000 professionals globally.