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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Simon has provided substantial advice on the commercial activities of public sector entities, including RFP and tender processes and associated probity issues. He advises on consultation and decision-making processes aimed at fulfilling public law obligations and managing judicial review risks. He works with public sector boards, advising on governance issues and has been involved in the establishment of government bodies, as well as in drafting and implementing legislation.

The country’s leading probity advisor for public sector procurement, Simon has advised on all of the Government’s public private partnership (PPP) projects. His expertise has ensured that public sector procurement processes have been successfully implemented without legal challenge and have been conducted fairly and under strict legal requirements.

Climate change law is another area where Simon is recognised as New Zealand’s leading lawyer. He is unique in the market for combining commercial, banking and finance (traded products) expertise with environmental expertise. This combination ensures clients receive workable solutions to climate change issues. He has significant involvement in major climate change issues both internationally and domestically with cross-border expertise unmatched by any other New Zealand lawyer and is internationally recognised for his work advising a number of government and parliamentary groups.

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 8 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Important NZ ETS compliance deadline 31 March 2020

Simon Watt, Kate Redgewell

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Climate-related risk highlighted in Reserve Bank Act review

David Craig, Simon Watt, Claire Harmsworth

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The Zero Carbon Bill - a closer look

Andrew Beatson, Simon Watt, Tim Smith, Claire Harmsworth

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