Dr Ross Patterson

Partner - Competition and Regulation

Ross is a highly respected competition and telecommunications law expert with more than 30 years of specialist experience as both a lawyer and a regulator.

Regarded as an authority on economic regulation, Ross represents clients in New Zealand’s highest profile merger clearances, authorisations, and Commerce Commission investigations, and advises on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour.  He assists a wide range of telecommunications companies with Telecommunications Act issues and the ongoing telecommunications sector reform processes.

Ross is sought after for his in-depth knowledge of competition law especially in the telecommunications sector.  Clients appreciate the benefits of his “quite unique history and skillset” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022) as New Zealand’s Telecommunications Commissioner and a member of the Commerce Commission between 2007 and 2012.  Along with his strong regulatory relationships, Ross has excellent ties with Australia, having been a partner at MinterEllison (Sydney) and President of the Australia New Zealand Business Council for many years.

Named in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific’s Hall of Fame for competition law, Ross is also recognised by top legal directories for his expertise in technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).  He is praised by clients for his ability to “translate complicated concepts into clear language.”  He is renowned for his client care, with one client saying “[t]he knowledge, advice and client attention we receive from Ross Patterson is amazing” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022.  Drawing on the huge breadth of his experience, Ross provides excellent advice swiftly, enabling clients to make strategic decisions with speed.

With a PhD in competition law, Ross has published many articles on competition and telecommunications issues.  He is a regular speaker at conferences both in New Zealand and overseas.

Ross was the founder of MinterEllison’s online compliance training system, Safetrac, and leads the development of Safetrac in New Zealand – www.safetrac.co.nz.

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Professional background

Recent work

Action Manufacturing proposed acquisition of MaxiTRANS NZ

Acting for Action Manufacturing on its application for clearance to acquire the assets of MaxiTRANS NZ.

Camplify proposed acquisition of Mighway and SHAREaCAMPER

Acting for Camplify Co (NZ) Limited on its application for clearance to acquire the peer-to-peer business operated under the Mighway and SHAREaCAMPER brands.

Life Health Foods NZ proposed acquisition of Chalmers Organics

Acting for LHF on its application for clearance to acquire Chalmers Organics Ltd.

Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl) proposed merger with Apollo

Advising thl on its application for clearance to acquire Apollo Tourism & Leisure Ltd.

TVNZ - Telecommunications Development Levy

Representing Television New Zealand in a Case Stated brought by the Commerce Commission on the application of the Telecommunications Development Levy to broadcasting services.

Telecommunications Act Review

Advising Enable Networks and Tuatahi First Fibre on the design and implementation of the regulatory regime for fibre fixed line access services under Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act that came into effect on 1 January 2022.

Fibre Unbundling

Advising Enable Networks and Tuatahi First Fibre on the application of Part 4AA of the Telecommunications Act in relation to unbundled access to their fibre networks.


  • 2004, Australia
  • 1998, New South Wales
  • 1970, New Zealand


  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • LLM, Queens University
  • LLB (Hons), University of Auckland


  • Antitrust
  • Competition and Regulation
  • Regulated Industries
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications


  • Ranked as a leading Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) and Competition/Antitrust lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016-2022)
  • Recognised in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific's Hall of Fame - Competition
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – TMT, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2018-2022)
  • Recognised for Competition and Consumer Law and Telecommunications Law, Best Lawyers
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts' internationally recognised Tier 1 Competition and TMT teams, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific