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Legal 500 Asia Pacific NZ 2020 lawyer rankings released

22 January 2020

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings for 2020 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 31 years. It is put together from a variety of sources and 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 deams to be "Leading Individuals", "Next Generation Partners" or "Rising Stars". New Zealand lawyers who are listed in these categories are as follows:

Banking and Finance

NameFirmNameFirm
Cathryn BarberChapman TrippDaniel MeikleMayne Wetherell
Deemple BudhiaRussell McVeaghMei NahMayne Wetherell
Geoff BuschAnderson LloydChris O'BrienMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Josh CairnsSimpson GriersonNigel OliverAnthony Harper
Katie CarsonDLA Piper New ZealandPeter OwlesBuddle Findlay
David CraigBell GullyRoss PenningtonChapman Tripp
Tom FallMinterEllisonRuddWattsJohn PowellRussell McVeagh
Paul FarrugiaBuddle FindlayMark ReeseChapman Tripp
Grant GoldsmithAnthony HarperJohn-Paul RiceVince& Rice
Andrew HarknessSimpson GriersonEmma SutcliffeChapman Tripp
Murray KingBell GullyMichael ThompsonDLA Piper New Zealand
Kate LaneMinterEllisonRuddWattsWill TippingMayne Wetherell
Guy LethbridgeRussell McVeaghDave WetherellMayne Wetherell
David McPhersonBell GullyNicole XanthopolWebb Henderson
    
Next Generation Partners   
Gerard SounessChapman TrippDavid WeaversRussell McVeagh
    
Rising Stars   
Alice von BatenburgAnthony HarperEmma KerrAnderson Lloyd
Pip BreitmeyerAnthony HarperMarie KissickMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Rachel BrownAnderson LloydDominic ToomeySimpson Grierson
Daniel CollinsBuddle Findlay  

Competition Law

NameFirmNameFirm
Neil AndersonChapman TrippSimon LaddBell Gully
Anne CallinanSimpson GriersonAndrew MatthewsMatthews Law
James CraigSimpson GriersonOliver MeechMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Torrin CrowtherBell GullyRoss PattersonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Grant DavidChapman TrippTroy PilkingtonRussell McVeagh
Tony DellowBuddle FindlayJenny StevensBell Gully
Ian DentonWilson HarleMatt SumpterChapman Tripp
Sarah KeeneRussell McVeaghMark WilliamsonDLA Piper New Zealand
    
Next Generation Partners   
Lucy CooperChapman TrippGlenn ShewanBell Gully
Felicity MonteiroWilson HarleGus StewartMatthews Law
    
Rising Stars   
Nina BlomfieldSimpson GriersonAnna ParkerBuddle Findlay
Colin FifeChapman TrippMichael TilleyBell Gully
Kristel McMeekinMinterEllisonRuddWatts  

Corporate and M&A

NameFirmNameFirm
Erich BachmannHesketh HenryMichael PollardSimpson Grierson
Anna BuchlyBell GullyGraeme QuigleyWebb Henderson
Grant DunnBuddle FindlayCathy QuinnMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Rachel DunneChapman TrippSilvana SchenoneMinterEllisonRuddWatts
David FlacksFlacks & WongDavid ShillsonKensington Swan
James GibsonBell GullyGarth SinclairWebb Hendersno
Brynn GilbertsonBell GullyNathanael StarrenburgHarmos Horton Lusk Ltd
David GouldAnthony HarperJohn StrowgerChapman Tripp
Andrew HarmosHarmos Horton Lusk LtdMark StuartMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Paul HartlandLowndesCameron TaylorMinterEllisonRuddWatts
James HawesSimpson GriersonRachel TaylorDLA Piper New Zealand
David HoareRussell McVeaghMartin ThomsonDLA Piper New Zealand
Don HolborowSimpson GriersonTim TubmanChapman Tripp
Greg HortonHarmos Horton Lusk LtdSimon VodanovichBuddle Findlay
Glenn JoblinBell GullyRoger WallisChapman Tripp
Mei Fern JohnsonRussell McVeaghJoe WindmeyerRussell McVeagh
Dan JonesRussell McVeaghMartin WisemanDLA Piper New Zealand
Mark LowndesLowndesDaniel WongFlacks & Wong
Andrew MatthewsSimpson GriersonReuben WoodsDLA Piper New Zealand
Matthew OlsenMayne Wetherell  
    
Next Generation Partners   
Nick  BraggBuddle FindlayHeida DoneganKensington Swan
Alexander CampbellAnthony HarperNick KovacevichCouch Harlowe Kovacevich
Megan ComptonAnthony HarperSarah McEwanBuddle Findlay
John ConlanMinterEllisonRuddWattsBen PatersonRussell McVeagh
Lauren CurtayneChapman TrippJoshua PringleChapman Tripp
Kerri DeweLowndesCatherine Shirley-BrownSimpson Grierson
    
Rising Stars   
Jennifer CooteBell GullyBenjamin SuttonBuddle Findlay
Igor DrinkovicMinterEllisonRuddWattsJulilka Wahlmann-SmithHesketh Henry
Bede MaherAnderson Lloyd  

Dispute Resolution

NameFirmNameFirm
Sarah ArmstrongRussell McVeaghJeremy JohnsonWynn Williams
Jania BaigentSimpson GriersonDaniel KalderimisChapman Tripp
Chris BrowneWilson HarleSimon LaddBell Gully
Malcolm CrottyRussell McVeaghRichard LangeSimpson Griersno
Sophie EastBell GullyJohn McKayChapman Tripp
Allison FergusonWilson HarleMark SandelinMinterEllisonRuddWatts
David FriarBell GullyJohn ShackletonSimpson Griersno
Justin GrahamChapman TrippStacey ShortallMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Matthew HarrisGilbert WalkerMartin SmithGilbert Walker
Michael HeardLeeSalmonLongJenny StevensBell Gully
Andrew HorneMinterEllisonRuddWattsIain ThainDLA Piper New Zealand
Dan HughesAnthony HarperHayden WilsonKensington Swan
    
Next Generation Partners   
Sebastian BisleyBuddle FindlayIsaac HikakaLeeSalmonLong
David BroadmoreBuddle FindlayAlicia MurrayDLA Piper New Zealand
Chris CurranRussell McVeaghKelly PatersonBuddle Findlay
Marika Eastwick-FieldRussell McVeaghJesse WilsonBell Gully
Laura FraserChapman Tripp  
    
Rising Stars   
Alexander HoGilbert WalkerEmma MoranDLA Piper New Zealand
Reece LeggettKensington SwanRebecca RoseBell Gully

Insurance

NameFirmNameFirm
Cecily BrickFee LangstoneAndrew HorneMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Pauline DaviesFee LangstoneJohn KnightChapman Tripp
Ian DentonWilson HarleCaroline LabandDLA Piper New Zealand
Philippa FeeFee LangstoneSimon LaddBell Gully
Matthew FrancisWotton + KearneyCraig LangstoneFee Langstone
David FriarBell GullyPeter LemanDLA Piper New Zealand
Garth GallawayChapman TrippMichael RobertsonRobertsons
Robert GapesSimpson GriersonMartin SmithGilbert Walker
Matthew HarrisGilbert WalkerHelen TwomeyRobertsons
Antony HoldenWotton + KearneyEmily WaltonWynn Williams
    
Next Generation Partners   
Brad CuffDLA Piper New ZealandFelicity MonteiroWilson Harle
Richard FlinnWotton + KearneyRebecca ScottWotton + Kearney
Misha HenaghanDLA Piper New ZealandVirginia WetheyFee Langstone
    
Rising Stars   
Nick FrithMinterEllisonRuddWattsAndrew MooreWotton + Kearney
Hugh KingWotton + Kearney  

Intellectual Property

NameFirmNameFirm
Anton BlijlevensAJ ParkCharlotte HenleyKensington Swan
Damian BroadleyAJ ParkWes JonesBaldwins
Penny CatleyBaldwinsMichael MoyesDuncan Cotterill
Joe EdwardsRussell McVeaghAlan RingwoodBell Gully
Ian FinchJames & WellsJason Rudkin-BinksHudson Gavin Martin
Mark GavinAnthony HarperJenni RutterKensington Swan
John GlengarryBuddle FindlayMatt SumpterChapman Tripp
Justin GrahamChapman TrippRichard WattsSimpson Grierson
Mark HargreavesAJ ParkChristopher YoungMinterEllisonRuddWatts
    
Next Generation Partners   
Sarah ChapmanSimpson GriersonHamish SelbyBuddle Findlay
Sooyun LeeBell Gully  
    
Rising Stars   
Laura CarterHudson Gavin MartinLucy HudsonBaldwins
Tom ClearyChapman TrippJullion Nelson ParkerAnthony Harper
Kate GiddensBaldwinsRaymond ScottSimpson Grierson
Caroline HerbertHudson Gavin Martin  

Investment Funds

NameFirmNameFirm
Tracey CrossDLA Piper New ZealandPenny SheerinChapman Tripp
Catriona GroverKensington SwanRachel TaylorDLA Piper New Zealand
David IrelandKensington SwanTim WilliamsChapman Tripp
Lloyd KavanaghMinterEllisonRuddWattsHaydn WongBell Gully
Alasdair McBethDLA Piper New ZealandMike WoodburyChapman Tripp
Jeremy MuirMinterEllisonRuddWatts  
    
Next Generation Partners   
Nicole MacFarlaneDLA Piper New Zealand  
    
Rising Stars   
Tom BarnesDLA Piper New ZealandPhoebe GibbonsChapman Tripp
Maria Collett-BevanMinterEllisonRuddWattsTom McLaughlinKensington Swan
Emma DaleChapman TrippNeisha MistryDLA Piper New Zealand

Labour and Employment

NameFirmNameFirm
Kathryn BeckSBM LegalStephen LangtonLangtonHudstonButcher
Jackie BehrnesAnthony HarperDon MackinnonSBM Legal
Rachael BrownBell GullyPhillipa MuirSimpson Grierson
Emma ButcherLangrodHudsonButcherMegan RichardsMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Andrew CaisleyKiely Thompson CaisleyJim RobertsHesketh Henry
Peter ChemisBuddle FindlayLaura ScampionDLA Piper New Zealand
Tim ClarkeBell GullyAndrew SchirnackLangtonHudstonButcher
Sherridan CookBuddle FindlayBlair ScotlandDundas Street
Kylie DunnRussell McVeaghGillian ServiceMinterEllisonRuddWatts
David FranceKiely Thompson CaisleyBridget SmithSBM Legal
Garth GallawayChapman TrippPenny SwarbrickSBM Legal
John HannanDLA Piper New ZealandSamantha TurnerSimpson Grierson
Susan Hornsby-GelukDundas StreetShan WilsonSimpson Grierson
Peter KielyKiely Thompson CaisleyMarie WiskerChapman Tripp
Hamish KynastonBuddle Findlay  
    
Next Generation Partners   
Liz CoatsBell GullyJames WarrenKensington Swan
Charlotte ParkhillKensington SwanRos WebbyDundas Street
Ronelle TomkinsonLangtonHudsonButcher  
    
Rising Stars   
Melissa JohnstonDLA Piper New ZealandTim OldfieldSBM Legal
Mere KingBuddle FindlayRebecca RendleSimpson Grierson
Chloe LuscombeDundas StreetRosemary WoodersBell Gully
Matthew McGoldrickSBM LegalScott WorthyKiely Thompson Caisley
Fiona McMillanAnderson Lloyd  

Projects and Resource Management (including Environment)

NameFirmNameFirm
Kerry AndersonDLA Piper New ZealandBill LoutitSimpson Grierson
Jo AppleyardChapman TrippPaul MajureyAtkins Holm Majurey
Allison Arthur-YoungRussell McVeaghPhilip MawWynn Williams
Helen AtkinsAtkins Holm MajureyNicky McIndoeKensington Swan
Andrew BeatsonBell GullyPadraig McNamaraSimpson Grierson
Paul BeverleyBuddle FindlayPeter OwlesBuddle Findlay
Paula BrosnahanChapman TrippStephen QuinnDLA Piper New Zealand
Paul BuetowKensington SwanChris SimmonsChancery Green
Brian ClaytonChapman TrippSarah SinclairMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Rachel DevineMinterEllisonRuddWattsSimon WattBell Gully
Chris GordonBell GullyMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
Hugh KettleBell GullyJason WelshChancery Green
    
Next Generation Partners   
Hamish BollandChapman TrippSarah ScottSimpson Grierson
Natasha GarvanBell GullyKirstie WyssWynn Williams
Michelle MehlhoptWynn Williams  
    
Rising Stars   
Matthew GribbenBuddle FindlaySimon PilkintonRussell McVeagh
Claire HarmsworthBell GullyTravis TomlinsonMinterEllisonRuddWatts

Real Estate and Construction

NameFirmNameFirm
Tim BarclayAnthony HarperDenise MarsdenAlexanderDorrington Ltd
Joe BiddlesThompson Blackie BiddlesJohn MeadsKensington Swan
James BlackieThompson Blackie BiddlesAndrew MonteithMinterEllisonRuddWatts
David ButlerRussell McVeaghMark NicholsonChapman Tripp
Matthew CarrollChapman TrippMatthew OcklestonKensington Swan
David ChisnallBell GullyAlan PatersonAnderson Lloyd
Brian ClaytonChapman TrippAndrew PetersonBell Gully
Ed CrookRussell McVeaghRoss PickmereMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Debra DorringtonAlexanderDorrington LtdPolly PopeRussell McVeagh
Edward DunphyAnthony HarperStephen PriceMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Ish FraserKensington SwanSarah SinclairMinterEllisonRuddWatts
David GilbertMinterEllisonRuddWattsJanine StewartMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Nick GilliesHesketh HenryGreg ThompsonThompson Blackie Biddles
Jane HollandBell GullyGreg TowersSimpson Grierson
Jo-Anne KnightSimpson GriersonMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
Simon LaddBell GullyMark WilliamsonDLA Piper New Zealand
Justin MarchDLA Piper New ZealandMichael WoodSimpson Grierson
    
Next Generation Partners   
Ian BeckeBell GullyAnna CrosbieRussell McVeagh
Hamish BollandChapman TrippPaula OrmandyKensington Swan
Heath BruntonDLA Piper New ZealandNick WilsonSimpson Grierson
    
Rising Stars   
Tim BunkerAnthony HarperJessica HanningAnthony Harper
Miles DeanMinterEllisonRuddWattsDan WilliamsAnderson Lloyd

Restructuring and Insolvency

NameFirmNameFirm
Scott AbelBuddle FindlayMatthew KerseyRussell McVeagh
Michael AndersonLowndesMichael LangdonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Michael ArthurChapman TrippJames McMillanKensington Swan
Scott BarkerBuddle FindlayDavid McPhersonBell Gully
James CairdSimpson GriersonDavid PerryBuddle Findlay
Josh CairnsSimpson GriersonPolly PopeRussell McVeagh
Sean GolinMinterEllisonRuddWattsMark SandelinMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Richard GordonMinterEllisonRuddWattsCrispin VinnellAnthony Harper
Michael HarperChapman TrippMike WhaleLowndes
Dan HughesAnthony Harper  
    
Next Generation Partners   
Mihai PascariuMinterEllisonRuddWattsJennifer TunnaLowndes
    
Rising Stars   
Chloe JolliffeAnthony HarperMyles O'BrienBuddle Findlay
Janko MarceticChapman TrippLynne VanAnthony Harper
Nick MoffattBell Gully  

Tax

NameFirmNameFirm
Brendan BrownRussell McVeaghDavid PattersonChapman Tripp
Barney CumberlandSimpson GriersonNeil RussBuddle Findlay
Stuart HutchinsonSimpson GriersonAndrew RyanMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Kirty KeatingEY Law LtdWilly SussmanBell Gully
Mathew McKayBell GullyFred WardRussell McVeagh
Graham MurrayBell GullyTony WilkinsonBuddle Findlay
Graeme OldingChapman Tripp  
    
Next Generation Partners   
Sacha OudynMinterEllisonRuddWattsHayden RobertsBell Gully
Campbell PentneyBell Gully  
    
Rising Stars   
Nick BlandSimpson Grierson  

Technology, Media and Telecommunication

NameFirmNameFirm
Mei Fern JohnsonRussell McVeaghKaren NganSimpson Grierson
Edwin LimHudson Gavin MartinDean OppenhuisBell Gully
Tom MaaslandMinterEllisonRuddWattsJane ParkerMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Simon MartinHudson Gavin MartinRoss PattersonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
John McCayMinterEllisonRuddWattsAmy RyburnBuddle Findlay
Bruce McClintockChapman TrippTim ShermanChapman Tripp
Kelly McFadzienChapman TrippPhilip WoodBuddle Findlay
Hayley MillerKensington SwanAllan YeomanBuddle Findlay
Michael MoyesAnthony Harper  
    
Next Generation Partners   
Anchali AnandanayagamHudson Gavin MartinRenee StilesBuddle Findlay
Liz BlytheRussell McVeagh  
    
Rising Stars   
Kate CruickshankMinterEllisonRuddWattsDamien Steel-BakerBuddle Findlay
Andrew DenticeHudson Gavin MartinLouise TaylorSimpson Grierson
Keri JohanssonBuddle FindlayNick ValentineDLA Piper New Zealand

Transport (Rail, Road, Air and Sea)

NameFirmNameFirm
Andrew BeatsonBell GullyMichael McCarthyLowndes
Tom BennettBuddle FindlayFelicity MonteiroWilson Harle
Simon CartwrightHesketh HenryAlan SherlockHesketh Henry
Torrin CrowtherBell GullyMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
Chris DannAnthony HarperMichael WoodSimpson Grierson
John KnightChapman Tripp  
    
Next Generation Partners   
Lisa CurranSimpson Grierson  
    
Rising Stars   
Kerryn WebsterWilson Harle 

Last updated on the 22nd January 2020