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Bell Gully

Energy & Natural Resources

2 ranked lawyersBand 1New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Bell Gully has a distinguished legal team with a strong focus across the resources sector, providing excellent water and electricity advice to leading corporations. Substantial expertise across a range of matters in the oil and gas sector. Adept at handling M&A transactions and disputes in relation to the energy sector. Strong capability in the environment and resource management sector, including advice on consents and designations for large infrastructure and property developments. Key clients include the Electricity Authority, First Gas, Auckland Transport and City Rail Link.

Strengths

One client says: "For me, Bell Gully is the standout firm," adding: "If you need a legal opinion, they will give you something pragmatic. They are amazing at distilling things down so that it is useful for clients."

Another appreciates that the legal team "provides the advice, the oversight and then delivers the outcome promised," noting: "Their expertise in the environment sector is unmatched."

Work highlights

Bell Gully represented Jadestone Energy on its acquisition of OMV New Zealand's interest in the Maari offshore petroleum field.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Beatson heads Bell Gully's environment and resource management practice from the firm's Wellington office. He is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of resource management issues and often advises on large infrastructure and energy projects. One source notes: "Andy is at the top of his game," with clients particularly appreciating his capability in disputes, one stating: "He is an exceptional negotiator. While in court, he manages to control the process and issues in debate, for the benefit of the client."

David Coull garners praise for his expertise in oil and gas law as well as his experience handling major transactions within the sector. An interviewee describes him as "the most knowledgeable oil and gas lawyer in New Zealand," adding: "He has a lot of experience and a superb ability to drill into complex issues and convey them in very simple terms."

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New Zealand

Energy & Natural Resources


David Coull
Band 1

Environment & Resource Management


Andrew Beatson
Band 1