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Legal 500 Asia Pacific NZ 2019 lawyer rankings released

23 January 2019

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings for 2019 have been released, with New Zealand lawyers ranked in 14 different categories of legal practice. Published by London-based Legalease Ltd, the Guide has appeared annually for 30 years. It is put together from extensive research, which uses referee reports.

The Guide ranks law firms in a number of bands for each of the categories. It also lists individual New Zealand lawyers working in firms who it deems to be "Leading Individuals" or "Next Generation Lawyers". New Zealand lawyers who are listed in these categories are as follows:

Banking and Finance
NameFirmNameFirm
Cathryn BarberChapman TrippDavid McPhersonBell Gully
Deemple BudhiaRussell McVeaghMei NahMayne Wetherell
Geoff BuschAnderson LloydChris O'BrienMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Katie CarsonDLA Piper New ZealandNigel OliverAnthony Harper
David CraigBell GullyPeter OwlesBuddle Findlay
Tom FallMinterEllisonRuddWattsRoss PenningtonChapman Tripp
Paul FarrugiaBuddle FindlayMark ReeseChapman Tripp
Grant GoldsmithAnthony HarperJohn-Paul Rice 
Andrew HarknessSimpson GriersonWill TippingMayne Wetherell
Murray KingBell GullyDave WetherellMayne Wetherell
Kate LaneMinterEllisonRuddWattsNicole XanthopolKensington Swan
Guy LethbridgeRussell McVeagh  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Pip BreitmeyerAnthony HarperIan MackenzieMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Rachel BrownAnderson LloydGerard SounessChapman Tripp
Daniel CollinsBuddle FindlayMichael ThompsonDLA Piper New Zealand
Luke FordChapman TrippDominic ToomeySimpson Grierson
Competition Law
NameFirmNameFirm
Neil AndersonChapman TrippSusie KittyBuddle Findlay
Anne CallinanSimpson GriersonSimon LaddBell Gully
James CraigSimpson GriersonAndrew MatthewsMatthews Law
Torrin CrowtherBell GullyOliver MeechMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Grant DavidChapman TrippRoss PattersonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Tony DellowBuddle FindlayTroy PilkingtonRussell McVeagh
Ian DentonWilson HarleMatt SumpterChapman Tripp
Sarah KeeneRussell McVeaghMark WilliamsonDLA Piper New Zealand
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Lucy CooperChapman TrippFelicity MonteiroWilson Harle
Colin FifeChapman TrippGlenn ShewanBell Gully
Kristel McMeekinMinterEllisonRuddWattsGus StewartMatthews Law
Corporate and M&A
NameFirmNameFirm
Anna BuchlyBell GullyGraeme QuigleyWebb Henderson
Grant DunnBuddle FindlayCathy QuinnMinterEllisonRuddWatts
James GibsonBell GullySilvana SchenoneMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Brynn GilbertsonBell GullyDavid ShillsonKensington Swan
David GouldAnthony HarperGarth SinclairWebb Hendersno
Pip GreenwoodRussell McVeaghNathanael StarrenburgHarmos Horton Lusk Ltd
Andrew HarmosHarmos Horton Lusk LtdJohn StrowgerChapman Tripp
Michael HarrodMayne WetherellMark StuartMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Paul HartlandLowndesRachel TaylorDLA Piper New Zealand
James HawesSimpson GriersonTim TubmanChapman Tripp
David HoareRussell McVeaghSimon VodanovichBuddle Findlay
Greg HortonHarmos Horton Lusk LtdRoger WallisChapman Tripp
Glenn JoblinBell GullyMartin WisemanDLA Piper New Zealand
Dan JonesRussell McVeaghDaniel WongFlacks & Wong
Michael PollardSimpson Grierson  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Megan ComptonAnthony HarperAndrew MatthewsSimpson Grierson
Jennifer CooteBell GullyJoshua PringleChapman Tripp
Kerri DeweLowndesHayden SmithDLA Piper New Zealand
Joanna KhooRussell McVeaghBenjamin SuttonBuddle Findlay
Nick KovacevichWynn WilliamsJulika Wahlmann-SmithHesketh Henry
Bede MaherAnderson Lloyd  
Dispute Resolution
NameFirmNameFirm
Sarah ArmstrongRussell McVeaghZane KennedyMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Jania BaigentSimpson GriersonSimon LaddBell Gully
Chris BrowneWilson HarleJohn McKayChapman Tripp
Sophie EastBell GullyLaura O'GormanBuddle Findlay
Allison FergusonWilson HarleDavey SalmonLeeSalmonLong
Ian GaultBell GullyMark SandelinMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Matthew HarrisGilbert WalkerJohn ShackletonSimpson Griersno
Michael HeardLeeSalmonLongStacey ShortallMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Jeremy JohnsonWynn WilliamsJenny StevensBell Gully
Daniel KalderimisChapman Tripp  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Alexander HoGilbert WalkerLisa TaylorAnthony Harper
Rebecca RoseBell GullyJesse WilsonBell Gully
Insurance
NameFirmNameFirm
Ian DentonWilson HarleJohn KnightChapman Tripp
Philippa FeeFee LangstoneCaroline LabandDLA Piper New Zealand
Matthew FrancisWotton + KearneySimon LaddBell Gully
David FriarBell GullyCraig LangstoneFee Langstone
Garth GallawayChapman TrippPeter LemanBell Gully
Robert GapesSimpson GriersonMichael RobertsonRobertsons
Crossley Gates Martin SmithGilbert Walker
Matthew HarrisGilbert WalkerHelen TwomeyRobertsons
Antony HoldenWotton + KearneyEmily WaltonWynn Williams
Andrew HorneMinterEllisonRuddWatts  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Hugh KingWotton + KearneyVirginia WetheyFee Langstone
Felicity MonteiroWilson HarleRachael WoodsRobertsons
Andrew MooreWotton + Kearney  
Intellectual Property
NameFirmNameFirm
Anton BlijlevensAJ ParkSue IronsideBaldwins
Damian BroadleyAJ ParkWes JonesBaldwins
Ian FinchJames & WellsMichael MoyesAnthony Harper
Mark GavinAnthony HarperAlan RingwoodBell Gully
John GlengarryBuddle FindlayJason Rudkin-BinksHudson Gavin Martin
Justin GrahamChapman TrippJenni RutterKensington Swan
Earl GraySimpson GriersonMatt SumpterChapman Tripp
John HackettAJ ParkRichard WattsSimpson Grierson
Mark HargreavesAJ ParkChristopher YoungMinterEllisonRuddWatts
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Sarah ChapmanSimpson GriersonJullion Nelson ParkerAnthony Harper
Caroline HerbertHudson Gavin MartinHamish SelbyBuddle Findlay
Sooyun LeeBell Gully  
Investment Funds
NameFirmNameFirm
Tracey CrossDLA Piper New ZealandJeremy MuirMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Catriona GroverKensington SwanRachel TaylorDLA Piper New Zealand
David IrelandKensington SwanTim WilliamsChapman Tripp
Lloyd KavanaghMinterEllisonRuddWattsHaydn WongBell Gully
Alasdair McBethDLA Piper New ZealandMike WoodburyChapman Tripp
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Tom BarnesDLA Piper New ZealandNeisha MistryDLA Piper New Zealand
Emma DaleChapman TrippAndrew SuggateMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Phoebe GibbonsChapman TrippGeoff Ward-MarshallDLA Piper New Zealand
Tom McLaughlinKensington Swan  
Labour and Employment
NameFirmNameFirm
Kathryn BeckSBM LegalHamish KynastonBuddle Findlay
Rachael BrownBell GullyStephen LangtonLangtonHudstonButcher
Emma ButcherLangtonHudsonButcherDon MackinnonSBM Legal
Andrew CaisleyKiely Thompson CaisleyJennifer Mills 
Peter ChemisBuddle FindlayPhillipa MuirSimpson Grierson
Tim ClarkeBell GullyMegan RichardsMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Sherridan CookBuddle FindlayLaura ScampionDLA Piper New Zealand
Kylie DunnRussell McVeaghBlair ScotlandDundas Street
David FranceKiely Thompson CaisleyGillian ServiceMinterEllisonRuddWatts
John HannanDLA Piper New ZealandPenny SwarbrickSBM Legal
Susan Hornsby-GelukDundas StreetRob TownerBell Gully
Peter KielyKiely Thompson CaisleySamantha TurnerSimpson Grierson
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Chris BaldockMinterEllisonRuddWattsMatthew McGoldrickSBM Legal
Rachel BurtKensington SwanTim OldfieldSBM Legal
Ethelred Chey Rebecca RendleSimpson Grierson
Liz CoatsBell GullyEmma WardenMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Mere KingBuddle FindlayRos WebbyDundas Street
Chloe LuscombeDundas StreetMarie WiskerChapman Tripp
Projects and Resource Management (including Environment)
NameFirmNameFirm
Jo AppleyardChapman TrippBill LoutitSimpson Grierson
Alison Arthur-YoungRussell McVeaghPaul MajureyAtkins Holm Majurey
Andrew BeatsonBell GullyPhilip MawWynn Williams
Paul BeverleyBuddle FindlayNicky McIndoeKensington Swan
Paula BrosnahanChapman TrippPeter OwlesBuddle Findlay
Paul BuetowKensington SwanChris SimmonsChancery Green
Bronwyn CarruthersRussell McVeaghSarah SinclairMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Brian ClaytonChapman TrippDave TruemanSimpson Grierson
Rachel DevineMinterEllisonRuddWattsSimon WattBell Gully
Chris GordonBell GullyMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
Hugh KettleBell GullyJason WelshChancery Green
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Natasha GarvanBell GullySarah ScottSimpson Grierson
Claire HarmsworthBell GullyTravis TomlinsonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Emma ManoharDLA Piper New ZealandFrances WeddeKensington Swan
Michelle MehlhoptWynn WilliamsKirstie WyssWynn Williams
Real Estate and Construction
NameFirmNameFirm
Tim BarclayAnthony HarperJohn MeadsKensington Swan
James BlackieThompson Blackie BiddlesMark NicholsonChapman Tripp
David ButlerRussell McVeaghMatthew OcklestonKensington Swan
Matthew CarrollChapman TrippAndrew PetersonBell Gully
David ChisnallBell GullyRoss PickmereMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Ed CrookRussell McVeaghStephen PriceMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Debra DorringtonAlexanderDorrington LtdSarah SinclairMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Edward DunphyAnthony HarperGreg ThompsonThompson Blackie Biddles
David GilbertMinterEllisonRuddWattsGreg TowersSimpson Grierson
Jane HollandBell GullyMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
Daniel KelleherBuddle FindlayMark WilliamsonDLA Piper New Zealand
Justin MarchDLA Piper New ZealandMichael WoodSimpson Grierson
Denise MarsdenAlexanderDorrington Ltd  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Ian BeckeBell GullyMiles DeanMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Hamish BollandChapman TrippJessica HanningAnthony Harper
Helen BrownKensington SwanPaula OrmandyBell Gully
Tim BunkerAnthony HarperNick WilsonSimpson Grierson
Anna CrosbieRussell McVeagh  
Restructuring and Insolvency
NameFirmNameFirm
Scott AbelBuddle FindlayMichael LangdonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Michael ArthurChapman TrippJames McMillanKensington Swan
Scott BarkerBuddle FindlayDavid McPhersonBell Gully
James CairdSimpson GriersonDavid PerryBuddle Findlay
Sean GolinMinterEllisonRuddWattsMichael RobinsonSimpson Grierson
Michael HarperChapman TrippMark SandelinMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Dan HughesAnthony HarperCrispin VinnellAnthony Harper
Matthew KerseyRussell McVeaghMike WhaleLowndes
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Chloe JolliffeAnthony HarperJennifer TunnaLowndes
Nick MoffattBell GullyLynne VanAnthony Harper
Mihai PascariuMinterEllisonRuddWatts  
Tax
NameFirmNameFirm
Brendan BrownRussell McVeaghNeil RussBuddle Findlay
Barney CumberlandSimpson GriersonAndrew RyanMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Stuart HutchinsonSimpson GriersonWilly SussmanBell Gully
Mathew McKayBell GullyFred WardRussell McVeagh
Graeme OldingChapman TrippTony WilkinsonBuddle Findlay
David PattersonChapman Tripp  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Nick BlandSimpson GriersonCampbell PentneyBell Gully
Vivian ChengChapman TrippHayden RobertsBell Gully
Jai NarioChapman Tripp  
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
NameFirmNameFirm
Mei Fern JohnsonRussell McVeaghKaren NganSimpson Grierson
Tom MaaslandMinterEllisonRuddWattsDean OppenhuisBell Gully
Simon MartinHudson Gavin MartinJane ParkerMinterEllisonRuddWatts
John McCayMinterEllisonRuddWattsRoss PattersonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Bruce McClintockChapman TrippAmy RyburnBuddle Findlay
Kelly McFadzienChapman TrippPhilip WoodBuddle Findlay
Michael MoyesAnthony HarperAllan YeomanBuddle Findlay
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Anchali AnandanayagamHudson Gavin MartinTim ShermanChapman Tripp
Kate CruickshankMinterEllisonRuddWattsDamien Steel-BakerBuddle Findlay
Andrew DenticeHudson Gavin MartinRenee StilesBuddle Findlay
Keri JohanssonBuddle FindlayLouise TaylorSimpson Grierson
Dominic RoweRussell McVeagh  
Transport (Rail, Road, Air and Sea)
NameFirmNameFirm
Tom BennettBell GullyMichael McCarthyLowndes
Simon CartwrightHesketh HenryFelicity MonteiroWilson Harle
Torrin CrowtherBell GullyAlan SherlockHesketh Henry
Chris DannAnthony HarperMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
John KnightChapman TrippMichael WoodSimpson Grierson
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Kerryn WebsterWilson Harle 

Last updated on the 16th September 2019