New Zealand Law Society - Asia Pacific Legal 500 looks at NZ firms

Asia Pacific Legal 500 looks at NZ firms

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The annual Legal 500 Asia Pacific listings have been released with the New Zealand overview saying the firms traditionally regarded as the local elite have strong brands and remain dominant in many practice areas.

However, the commentary says there is growing room for boutique practices to flourish in sectors such as corporate and employment law.

The rankings are decided through research which includes interviews with specialist lawyers, chief executives, practice managers and clients (often in-house counsel). The researchers use set questionnaires and a wide-ranging set of criteria to focus on the "bench strength" of each team.

The UK-based Legal 500 has been established for 27 years and is published by Legalease Ltd. Firms and individuals are ranked in a number of areas of practice.

New Zealand firms which are ranked in the top three groups in each of the categories are as follows. Further information and details of individuals who are ranked may be found by following the link on the category:

Banking and FinanceBell GullyKensington SwanAnderson Lloyd
 Buddle FindlayMinter Ellison Rudd WattsAnthony Harper
 Chapman TrippSimpson GriersonLowndes
 Mayne Wetherell  
 Russell McVeagh  
Corporate & M&ABell GullyDLA Piper NZAnderson Lloyd
 Buddle FindlayHarmos Horton LuskAnthony Harper
 Chapman TrippMayne WetherellHesketh Henry
 Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Webb Henderson
 Russell McVeagh  
 Simpson Grierson  
Dispute ResolutionBell GullyBuddle FindlayAnthony Harper
 Chapman TrippGilbert WalkerDLA Piper NZ
 Russell McVeaghMinter Ellison Rudd WattsKensington Swan
 Simpson GriersonWilson HarleLeeSalmonLong
EmploymentBell GullyChapman TrippAnthony Harper
 Buddle FindlayDundas StreetDLA Piper NZ
 Minter Ellison Rudd WattsKensington SwanHesketh Henry
 SBM LegalKiely Thompson CaisleyLane Neave
 Simpson GriersonLangtonHudsonButcher Lawyers 
  Russell McVeagh 
EnvironmentBell GullyBuddle FindlayAnderson Lloyd
 Chapman TrippChancery GreenDLA Piper NZ
 Russell McVeaghMinter Ellison Rudd Watts 
 Simpson Grierson  
InsuranceChapman TrippBell GullyHesketh Henry
 DAC Beachcroft LLPGilbert WalkerSimpson Grierson
 DLA Piper NZKensington SwanWynn Williams
  Minter Ellison Rudd Watts 
  Wilson Harle 
Intellectual PropertyAJ ParkBuddle FindlayAnthony Harper
 Simpson GriersonChapman TrippBaldwins
  Hudson Gavin MartinBell Gully
   Kensington Swan
   Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Projects & Resource ManagementBell GullyBuddle FindlayAnderson Lloyd
 Buddle FindlayChancery GreenGreenwood Roche Chisnall
 Minter Ellison Rudd WattsKensington SwanWynn Williams
 Russell McVeagh  
 Simpson Grierson  
Real estate & constructionBell GullyAnthony HarperAlexanderDorrington Lawyers
 Chapman TrippBuddle FindlayGreenwood Roche Chisnall
 Minter Ellison Rudd WattsDLA Piper NZHesketh Henry
 Russell McVeaghKensington Swan 
 Simpson GriersonThompson Blackie Biddles 
Restructuring & insolvencyBell GullyAnthony HarperDLA Piper NZ
 Buddle FindlayMayne WetherellKensington Swan
 Chapman TrippRussell McVeaghLowndes
 Minter Ellison Rudd Watts  
 Simpson Grierson  
TaxBell GullyBuddle Findlay 
 Chapman TrippMinter Ellison Rudd Watts 
 Russell McVeaghSimpson Grierson