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

Strategic Transformation Programme

Advising Watercare Services Limited on its Strategic Transformation Programme, including on (i) the management of vendor selection processes and transformation programmes generally and (ii) the contractual arrangements for both the critical technology infrastructure (cloud) and the associated implementation project (agile methodology). This was the largest change project the client had undertaken to date and was achieved over an aggressive timescale.


  • New Zealand


  • LLB, BA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Information Technology
  • Outsourcing
  • General commercial