Public Law Department

New Zealand
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The public law team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts assist public sector clients on how to best exercise their statutory powers, as well as with the drafting and interpretation of legislation. Members of the team have held roles within government and public sector organisations so understand the sector well. On the private sector side, the team assists clients in engaging with government (including regulators), in seeking to influence policy and legislative reform, and in complying with their legal obligations.

The team holds a broad network at all levels of New Zealand Government – either working within the firm or as board members of commissions, crown companies, state-owned enterprises and ministerial advisory committees. Several lawyers have held senior roles in key government departments.

  • Appointed by Treasury to assist with the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme – a Government initiative to cushion the impact of COVID-19 for SMEs
  • Advising EQC on a range of public law issues that arise from its status as a Crown entity and from the statutory basis for its functions and decision-making powers
  • Acted for Parliamentary Service as the lead agency in the highly publicised Independent External Review of Bullying of Staff in New Zealand’s Parliamentary Workplace
  • Advising Project NEXT, who acts on behalf of public transport authorities and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, to procure a national ticketing solution which will enable and process payments for journeys on public transport


Davies, Briony (Head of Department)

O'Brien, Chris

Richards, Megan

Salmond, Sarah


Earthquake Commission

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Ministry of Transport

New Zealand Treasury

Parliamentary Service