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Asia-Pacific 2022
New Zealand Public Law
Band 2

2 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Russell McVeagh

Clients choose our team for its depth of knowledge and proven track record. We guide clients through complex constitutional and administrative law matters, as well as helping them to engage with both local and national government.

Our dedicated Wellington team are based within the heart of New Zealand Government, and maintain an extensive network of contacts which clients can tap into.

The team is made up of former government advisers, crown counsel and experts on constitutional law and other dynamic public law professionals, who have experience representing organisations such as ExxonMobil, Watercare Services and the Auckland Transition Agency.

Over the last few years we have seen a continued complex interplay between policy, regulation and litigation for key infrastructure sectors. There is a heightened demand for legal advisers that can seamlessly advise on all disciplines and assist to optimise strategy and advocacy to Ministers, officials, regulators and courts. 

Russell McVeagh is at the forefront of developments in this area, advising the largest companies (Vector, Auckland International Airport and Spark) in each core sector on the Commerce Commission's development of pricing methodologies, other regulatory requirements, and court proceedings in relation to those decisions.

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What the team is known for

The Russell McVeagh team members act as trusted advisers to private and public sector clients on public law issues, providing a notable depth of knowledge in key infrastructure projects as well as assisting with legislative and regulatory changes. Maintains strong relationships with government ministries as well as major players in the energy and aviation sectors. Often advises companies in regulated industries on their negotiations with government authorities concerning pricing. Strong expertise in assisting corporations to adapt and respond to legislative changes and regulatory reforms, including through government lobbying and judicial reviews. Key clients include Genesis Energy, New Forests Asset Management and the New Zealand Airports Association.


One highly satisfied client says: "The practice's strength is the calibre of the lawyers and range of their disciplines and specialisms. I have had a few curve balls thrown at me and there is always someone at Russell McVeagh who has the knowledge to assist. I have found this level of support and depth of knowledge to be fantastic, particularly when under pressure to advise a board or senior executive on their options in tricky scenarios and under time pressure."

Another client reports: "Russell McVeagh are extremely good value for money for regulatory work because, as well as a thorough and commercial understanding of the law, they have critical personal relationships in Wellington that make extraordinary results possible. And they're always available!"

Work highlights

Russell McVeagh advised Google on ensuring that its presentation of information concerning the 2020 New Zealand general election and referenda on the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act and new cannabis-related regulations complied with New Zealand electoral law. The team also engaged with the Electoral Commission to help Google provide accessible voter registration and get-out-the-vote advice.

Notable practitioners

Tim Clarke is a well-established and highly respected practitioner, particularly recognised for his work assisting private sector clients on such public law issues as law reform and regulatory compliance. Praised by a client for his "keen strategic sense" and ability "to distil complex matters into cogent writing," he is characterised by another contributor as "one of the most connected lawyers in Wellington’s government and bureaucratic circles," the same source adding: "If there is anything worth knowing in Wellington, he knows it."

Craig Shrive leads the practice from the Auckland office and is noted for his experience advising clients on law reform, particularly in the telecommunications and aviation sectors. Interviewees describe him as a "very client-oriented lawyer of considerable ability and expertise" who is both "approachable and excellent to deal with."

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Tim Clarke
Tim Clarke
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Craig Shrive
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Catherine Marks


Provided by Russell McVeagh

Auckland International Airport


Fairfax Media, New Zealand

Fonterra Co-operative Group

Genesis Energy




Meridian Energy


New Forests

New Zealand Airports Association

Orion Health

Queenstown Airport