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Russell McVeagh

Public Law

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What the team is known for

Trusted advisers to private and public sector clients on public law issues, with a 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 large corporations operating in the telecoms and energy sectors. Often advises companies in regulated industries on their negotiations with government authorities concerning pricing. Strong expertise in assisting corporations with implementing legislative changes and reforming regulations through government lobbying and judicial reviews.

Strengths

A client comments: "Their attention and responsiveness is very strong, their advice is very clear and they do not waffle, they're very precise."

Another client notes: "The team is able to convert its technical and legal understanding into very comprehensive, logical and well-argued written submissions and opinions."

Work highlights

Advised Spark New Zealand Trading in relation to regulatory reform in New Zealand's telecommunications industry.

Notable practitioners

Craig Shrive is noted for his experience advising clients on law reform, particularly in the telecommunications and aviation sectors. Clients describe him as "very good and pragmatic" and praise his "very thorough and in-depth understanding."

Tim Clarke is a well-established and respected practitioner, particularly recognised for his work assisting private sector clients on public law issues such as law reform and regulatory compliance.

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Overview

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.

Members

Clarke, Tim

Marks, Catherine

Shrive, Craig

Clients

Aquaculture, New Zealand

Auckland International Airport, New Zealand

Fairfax Media, New Zealand

Fulton Hogan, New Zealand

KiwiRail, New Zealand

Meridian, New Zealand

Mighty River Power, New Zealand

New Zealand Airports Association, New Zealand

NZME, New Zealand

Trustpower, New Zealand

Watercare, New Zealand

Public Law Department

Russell McVeagh

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Department location

Level 30, Vero Centre,

48 Shortland Street,

PO Box 8

DX CX10085

Auckland City

Auckland

New Zealand

1140

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Public Law


Craig Shrive
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