Ross Patterson

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Ross heads the firm’s competition and economic regulation practice.

Ross has represented clients in relation to merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations, and advised on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour.

In telecommunications he has advised a wide range of telecommunications companies on Telecommunications Act issues and advised on the ongoing telecommunications sector reform processes.


Ross has more than 25 years of specialist experience as both a lawyer and regulator.

He was a partner at Rudd Watts and Stone (now MinterEllisonRuddWatts) between 1989 and 1998, and in MinterEllison (Sydney) from 1998 to 2007, where he headed MinterEllison’s Competition & Regulation practice. Between 2007 and 2012 he was New Zealand’s Telecommunications Commissioner, and a member of the Commerce Commission. Ross returned to the MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2013.

Ross was the founder of MinterEllison’s online compliance training system, SAFETRAC, and leads the development of Safetrac in New Zealand.


Ross has a PhD in competition law. He has published many articles on competition and telecommunications issues, and is a regular speaker at conferences.