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IFLR 1000 rankings released

15 November 2018

The International Financial Law Review has released its 2019 rankings. The IFLR 1000 rankings have been published since 1990 and cover over 120 jurisdictions. Research ranks law firms based on three key criteria: transactional evidence from the previous 12 months, provided by firms, peer feedback from a survey of law firm partners, and client feedback from a survey of corporate and in-house clients.

The firm rankings are also produced alongside rankings of individual lawyers. There are 108 New Zealand individuals who are ranked in the IFLR 1000 for 2019. The rankings are graded as Expert Consultant (1 lawyer), Highly Regarded (57), Market Leader (4), Notable Practitioner (42) and Rising Star (4).

New Zealand law firm rankings

Banking and Finance
Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3Other Notable
Bell GullyMinterEllisonRuddWattsAnderson LloydAnthony Harper
Buddle FindlaySimpson GriersonDLA Piper NZ 
Chapman Tripp Kensington Swan 
Mayne Wetherell Lowndes 
Russell McVeagh   
Capital Markets
Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3
Bell GullyBuddle FindlayHarmos Horton Lusk
Chapman TrippMinterEllisonRuddWattsKensington Swan
Russell McVeaghSimpson GriersonMayne Wetherell
Mergers & Acquisitions
Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3Other Notables
Bell GullyBuddle FindlayAnderson LloydAnthony Harper
Chapman TrippHarmos Horton LuskDLA Piper NZLowndes
Russell McVeaghMinterEllisonRuddWattsKensington SwanWebb Henderson
 Simpson GriersonMayne Wetherell 
Project Development
Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3
Bell GullyBuddle FindlayAnderson Lloyd
Chapman TrippMinterEllisonRuddWattsChanceryGreen
Russell McVeaghSimpson GriersonDLA Piper NZ
  Greenwood Roche
  Kensington Swan
Restructuring and Insolvency
Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3
Bell GullyRussell McVeaghAnthony Harper
Buddle FindlaySimpson GriersonKensington Swan
Chapman Tripp Lowndes
MinterEllisonRuddWattsMayne Wetherell


Last updated on the 15th November 2018