Sonya Forbes

Special Counsel - Corporate

Sonya is a Special Counsel in our Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team with expertise in data, technology, telecommunications, outsourcing and complex projects. This includes advising on procurement processes, privacy, cyber security, and the Reserve Bank’s BS11 Outsourcing Policy that applies to large banks. Sonya also advises on general commercial matters.

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, as well as her collaborative approach.

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

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Professional background

Recent work

Transforming NZ’s largest city’s core systems

Advising Watercare on its Strategic Transformation Programme for both the critical technology infrastructure (cloud-based) and the associated implementation project (under an agile methodology) with Infor.

Bringing enterprise agile & DevOps to the outsourcing relationship

Advising a large New Zealand bank on the extension of its core infrastructure outsourcing agreement and on a new outsourcing arrangement which created novel contract structures to improve the delivery of workplace IT services leveraging enterprise agile and DevOps principles.

Cloud services advisory to major corporates

Advising a number of large New Zealand banks and other major corporates in relation to strategic and business critical cloud projects with Oracle, SAP, Salesforce and Infor (amongst others).

Modernised University learning management system

Advising Auckland University of Technology in relation to a Software as a Service subscription agreement and implementation project with supplier, Instructure Inc, for an on-line learning management system.


Advising a number of large New Zealand banks on various aspects of BS11 compliance, including on prescribed contractual terms, compendium obligations, and separation plans.

Technology start ups

Advising start-up technology businesses on their terms and conditions.

Acquisition of Timely

Advising US based service commerce platform EverCommerce on its acquisition of Dunedin-based booking software developer Timely.


  • New Zealand


  • LLB, BA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Information Technology
  • Outsourcing
  • General commercial