Jane Parker

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

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Jane is a specialist in commercial projects and commercial law with a particular focus on technology, services agreements, public sector contracting, procurement, probity and governance, and health and safety through the supply chain.

She has over 25 years of experience working in and for technology, energy, and financial services organisations, on the supplier and customer sides. She understands how relationships, operations, and commercials work together. Her constructive, practical approach helps protect her clients’ interests and speeds up the process of agreeing.

As one client says, she is “keen to understand the full nature of the transaction at the start, which then helps avoid commercial misunderstandings between the parties later down the track. Jane is also able to see the transaction from both sides, and aims to create solutions that work for both parties (and ultimately the project as a whole).” – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022.

Jane’s specialist technology expertise covers the technology spectrum, including system replacements and upgrades, new technologies, licensing, networks, infrastructure, cloud services, privacy, data and information management, outsourcing, artificial intelligence, and related services.

Consistently ranked for her TMT expertise in top legal directories, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific, Jane is adept at making the complex simple. She enjoys helping clients to better optimise their business outcomes and has been described by one client as extremely client-focused and very approachable”  – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022. She has also been praised for her “excellent application of legal considerations in a commercial settingChambers Asia-Pacific 2021.

Jane is a highly rated facilitator and regular speaker at technology and public sector contracting forums.

Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Jane worked for another top tier New Zealand law firm and had in-house legal and commercial roles in New Zealand and London.

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Professional background

Recent work

Next generation public transport ticketing solution

Trusted legal adviser of Project NEXT (which represents Waka Kotahi – the New Zealand Transport Agency – and 13 councils) to procure a transformational national ticketing solution, which will enable and process payments for journeys on public transport in New Zealand.

Emissions trading scheme managed auction service goes live

NZX’s legal advisers on their agreement with the Ministry for the Environment to supply the managed auction service required for the auctioning of emissions units.

Banking Ombudsman Complaints Dashboard

Advising the Banking Ombudsman on its standard form of agreement that was used with banking members to receive and process data for the Banking Ombudsman’s complaints dashboard.

MFAT Cyber Communication Rules

Advising Tokelau and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the cyber communications rules that would govern Tokelau once it has access to faster internet via the new sub-sea cable. The rules would also help compliance with the Budapest Convention.

Z Energy’s joint crude oil procurement arrangement

Advising Z Energy on its arrangements to jointly procure and ship crude oil to New Zealand.


  • 1996, New Zealand


  • LLB, BA (History and Political Science), University of Canterbury


  • Member, The Institute of Directors in New Zealand


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Aviation
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Cyber Security
  • Energy and Resources
  • Governance and Conflicts of Interest
  • Health and Safety
  • Intellectual Property
  • Joint Ventures
  • Licensing
  • Outsourcing
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Procurement and Probity
  • Public Law
  • Technology
  • Technology, Media and Communications


  • Ranked as a leading Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – TMT, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 TMT team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific