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Legal 500 Asia Pacific NZ 2018 lawyer rankings released

01 December 2017

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings for 2018 have been released, with New Zealand lawyers ranked in 14 different categories of legal practice. Published by London-based Leaglease Ltd, the Guide has appeared annually for 29 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 categorise. It also lists individual New Zealand lawyers who it deems to be "Leading individuals" or "Next Generation Lawyers). The lawyers who are listed in these categories are as follows:

Banking and Finance
NameFirmNameFirm
Cathryn BarberChapman TrippKate LaneMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Deemple BudhiaRussell McVeaghGuy LethbridgeRussell McVeagh
Geoff BuschAnderson LloydDavid McPhersonBell Gully
Katie CarsonDLA Piper New ZealandMei NahMayne Wetherell
David CraigBell GullyPeter OwlesBuddle Findlay
Tom FallMinterEllisonRuddWattsRoss PenningtonChapman Tripp
Paul FarrugiaBuddle FindlayMark ReeseChapman Tripp
Grant GoldsmithAnthony HarperJohn-Paul RiceRussell McVeagh
Andrew HarknessSimpson GriersonWill TippingMayne Wetherell
Murray KingBell GullyDave WetherellMayne Wetherell
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Jeff BakerDLA Piper New ZealandLuke FordChapman Tripp
Pip BreitmeyerAnthony HarperMichael ThompsonDLA Piper New Zealand
Daniel CollinsMinterEllisonRuddWattsDominic ToomeySimpson Grierson
Competition Law
NameFirmNameFirm
Neil AndersonChapman TrippSarah KeeneRussell McVeagh
Anne CallinanSimpson GriersonSusie KittyBuddle Findlay
James CraigSimpson GriersonSimon LaddBell Gully
Torrin CrowtherBell GullyRoss PattersonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Grant DavidChapman TrippTroy PilkingtonRussell McVeagh
Tony DellowBuddle FindlayMatt SumpterChapman Tripp
Ian DentonWilson HarleMark WilliamsonDLA Piper New Zealand
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Lucy CooperChapman TrippKristel McMeekinMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Colin FifeChapman TrippGlenn ShewanBell Gully
Corporate and M&A
NameFirmNameFirm
Anna BuchlyBell GullyCathy QuinnMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Grant DunnBuddle FindlaySilvana SchenoneMinterEllisonRuddWatts
James GibsonBell GullyNathanael StarrenburgHarmos Horton Lusk Ltd
Brynn GilbertsonBell GullyJohn StrowgerChapman Tripp
Pip GreenwoodRussell McVeaghMark StuartMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Andrew HarmosHarmos Horton Lusk LtdRachel TaylorDLA Piper New Zealand
James HawesSimpson GriersonTim TubmanChapman Tripp
David HoareRussell McVeaghSimon VodanovichBuddle Findlay
Kevin JaffeSimpson GriersonRoger WallisChapman Tripp
Dan JonesRussell McVeaghMartin WisemanDLA Piper New Zealand
Michael PollardSimpson GriersonDaniel WongFlacks & Wong
Graeme QuigleyWebb Henderson  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Megan ComptonAnthony HarperHayden SmithDLA Piper New Zealand
Kerri DeweLowndesBenjamin SuttonBuddle Findlay
Nick KovacevichWynn WilliamsJulika WahlmannHesketh Henry
Bede MaherAnderson Lloyd  
Dispute Resolution
NameFirmNameFirm
Sarah ArmstrongRussell McVeaghDaniel KalderimisChapman Tripp
Jania BaigentSimpson GriersonZane KennedyMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Chris BrowneWilson HarleSimon LaddBell Gully
Andrew ButlerRussell McVeaghJohn McKayChapman Tripp
Allison FergusonWilson HarleLaura O'GormanBuddle Findlay
Ian GaultBell GullyDavey SalmonLeeSalmonLong
Graeme HillBuddle FindlayJohn ShackletonSimpson Griersno
Jeremy JohnsonWynn WilliamsJenny StevensBell Gully
    
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 LemanDLA Piper New Zealand
Crossley GatesDLA Piper New ZealandMichael RobertsonRobertsons
Antony HoldenWotton + KearneyMartin SmithGilbert Walker
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Hugh KingWotton + KearneyVirginia WetheyFee Langstone
Andrew MooreWotton + Kearney  
Intellectual Property
NameFirmNameFirm
Anton BlijlevensAJ ParkSue IronsideBaldwins
Damian BroadleyAJ ParkWes JonesBaldwins
Ian FinchJames & WellsMichael MoyesAnthony Harper
Mark GavinHudson Gavin MartinAlan RingwoodBell Gully
John GlengarryBuddle FindlayJason Rudkin-BinksHudson Gavin Martin
Earl GraySimpson GriersonMatt SumpterChapman Tripp
John HackettAJ ParkRichard WattsSimpson Grierson
Mark HargreavesAJ ParkChristopher YoungMinterEllisonRuddWatts
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Sarah ChapmanSimpson GriersonJullion Nelson ParkerAnthony Harper
Sooyun LeeBell GullyHamish SelbyBuddle Findlay
Investment Funds
NameFirmNameFirm
Tracey CrossDLA Piper New ZealandRachel ParisBell Gully
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 Lawyers   
Tom BarnesDLA Piper New ZealandAndrew SuggateMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Emma DaleChapman TrippGeoff Ward-MarshallDLA Piper New Zealand
Phoebe GibbonsChapman Tripp  
Labour and Employment
NameFirmNameFirm
Kathryn BeckSBM LegalStphen LangtonLangtonHudstonButcher
Andrew CaisleyKiely Thompson CaisleyDon MackinnonSBM Legal
Peter ChemisBuddle FindlayJennifer MillsAnthony Harper
Tim ClarkeBell GullyPhillipa MuirSimpson Grierson
Sherridan CookBuddle FindlayMegan RichardsMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Kylie DunnRussell McVeaghLaura ScampionDLA Piper New Zealand
David FranceKiely Thompson CaisleyGillian ServiceMinterEllisonRuddWatts
John HannanDLA Piper New ZealandPenny SwarbrickSBM Legal
Susan Hornsby-GelukDundas StreetRob TownerBell Gully
Peter KielyKiely Thompson Caisley  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Chris BaldockMinterEllisonRuddWattsMere KingBuddle Findlay
Rachel BurtKensington SwanMatthew McGoldrickSBM Legal
Ethelred CheyAnthony HarperTim OldfieldSBM Legal
Liz CoatsBell GullyRebecca RendleSimpson Grierson
Projects and Resource Management (including Environment)
NameFirmNameFirm
Jo AppleyardChapman TrippHugh KettleBell Gully
Alison Arthur-YoungRussell McVeaghBill LoutitSimpson Grierson
Andrew BeatsonBell GullyPaul MajureyAtkins Holm Majurey
Paul BeverleyBuddle FindlayPeter OwlesBuddle Findlay
Bronwyn CarruthersRussell McVeaghSarah SinclairMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Brian ClaytonChapman TrippDave TruemanSimpson Grierson
Rachel DevineMinterEllisonRuddWattsSimon WattBell Gully
Chris GordonBell GullyMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Natasha GarvanBell GullyMichelle MehlhoptWynn Williams
Claire HarmsworthBell GullyKirstie WyssWynn Williams
Leigh KissickBell Gully  
Real estate and construction
NameFirmNameFirm
Tim BarclayAnthony HarperJohn MeadsKensington Swan
James BlackieThompson Blackie BiddlesAndrew MonteithMinterEllisonRuddWatts
David ButlerRussell McVeaghMark NicholsonChapman Tripp
Matthew CarrollChapman TrippAlan PatersonAnderson Lloyd
David ChisnallBell GullyAndrew PetersonBell Gully
Ed CrookRussell McVeaghRoss PickmereMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Debra DorringtonAlexanderDorrington LtdStephen PriceMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Edward DunphyAnthony HarperSarah SinclairMinterEllisonRuddWatts
David GilbertMinterEllisonRuddWattsGreg ThompsonThompson Blackie Biddles
Jane HollandBell GullyGreg TowersSimpson Grierson
Daniel KelleherBuddle FindlayMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
Dominic LundonBuddle FindlayMark WilliamsonDLA Piper New Zealand
Justin MarchDLA Piper New ZealandMichael WoodSimpson Grierson
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Hamish BollandChapman TrippMark OrmanAnthony Harper
Helen BrownKensington SwanLisa TaylorAnthony Harper
Tim BunkerAnthony HarperNick WilsonSimpson Grierson
Restructuring and Insolvency
NameFirmNameFirm
Scott AbelBuddle FindlayMichael LangdonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Michael ArthurChapman TrippDavid McPhersonBell Gully
Scott BarkerBuddle FindlayDavid PerryBuddle Findlay
Sean GolinMinterEllisonRuddWattsMichael RobinsonSimpson Grierson
Michael HarperChapman TrippMark SandelinMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Dan HughesAnthony HarperCrispin VinnellAnthony Harper
Matthew KerseyRussell McVeaghMike WhaleLowndes
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Chloe JoliffeAnthony HarperLynne VanAnthony Harper
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
NameFirmNameFirm
Mei Fern JohnsonRussell McVeaghDean OppenhuisBell Gully
Tom MaaslandMinterEllisonRuddWattsJane ParkerMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Simon MartinHudson Gavin MartinRoss PattersonMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Bruce McClintockChapman TrippAmy RyburnBuddle Findlay
Michael MoyesAnthony HarperPhilip WoodBuddle Findlay
Karen NganSimpson GriersonAllan YeomanBuddle Findlay
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Anchali AnandanayagamHudson Gavin MartinDominic RoweRussell McVeagh
Kate CruickshankMinterEllisonRuddWattsTim ShermanChapman Tripp
Peter FernandoKensington SwanDamien Steel-BakerBuddle Findlay
Keri JohanssonBuddle Findlay  
Tax
NameFirmNameFirm
Brendan BrownRussell McVeaghDavid PattersonChapman Tripp
Shaun ConnollyRussell McVeaghNeil RussBuddle Findlay
Barney CumberlandSimpson GriersonAndrew RyanMinterEllisonRuddWatts
Stuart HutchinsonSimpson GriersonWilly SussmanBell Gully
Mathew McKayBell GullyFred WardRussell McVeagh
Graeme OldingChapman TrippTony WilkinsonBuddle Findlay
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Nick BlandSimpson GriersonCampbell PentneyBell Gully
Transport (Rail, Road, Air and Sea)
NameFirmNameFirm
Chris DannAnthony HarperAlan SherlockHesketh Henry
John KnightChapman TrippMichael WeatherallSimpson Grierson
Michael McCarthyLowndes  
    
Next Generation Lawyers   
Kerryn WebsterWilson Harle 

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