It’s essential to have an understanding of the political environment to represent government departments, agencies and statutory authorities at central and local government levels.

Our government sector experts have significant skill in advising and acting for every type of Crown-owned or controlled organisation.

We have a broad network at all levels of New Zealand Government – either working within our firm or as board members of commissions, crown companies, state-owned enterprises and ministerial advisory committees. A number of our lawyers have also held senior roles in key government departments.

Whether you are a government agency or corporate client interacting with the government, our specialist team is able to help.

How we help

  • Understand Government operations
  • Understand structural and corporate governance issues arising in the Crown-owned/controlled sector
  • Manage and minimise legal and related risk
  • Navigating legislative, regulatory and administrative compliance requirements

"A rare understanding of the dynamics that exist between the law and politics." Chambers Asia Pacific

Recent work

Electoral broadcasting
Acted for TVNZ in judicial review proceedings brought by Gareth Morgan as leader of The Opportunities Party (TOP) in the lead-up to the 2017 General Election in relation to TVNZ’s decision not to include Mr Morgan in one of its pre-election minor parties leaders debates, and the criteria on which that decision was based.

Social housing reforms
Advised the New Zealand Treasury on regulatory reform, legislative change and the establishment of an entirely new market through a series of market-seeding transactions (involving the transfer of houses from Housing New Zealand to market participants and entry by those participants into supply contracts).

Who can help