Buddle Findlay is a recognised leader with an ongoing role in the reform of electricity markets.  Our team's specialist experience and intellectual capital helps clients leverage opportunities within the electricity industry.


Buddle Findlay has specialist legal expertise in advising participants in the electricity industry and an in-depth knowledge of the industry.

We have acted as a key legal adviser to the electricity industry regulator, the Electricity Authority.  Our role includes assisting with drafting the Electricity Industry Participation Code, the rules that govern the electricity market in New Zealand. 

Our team also acts for a number of major players in the electricity industry including generators, retailers, lines companies and financiers. 

We advise on a wide range of issues including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory matters, competition law, project and corporate finance, hedges, resource management, construction, wholesale market rules, connection arrangements, land issues and litigation.

We have the specific experience and intellectual capital to help clients meet the challenges and leverage the opportunities the electricity industry presents.

Work highlights

Advising the Electricity Authority

on its review of the transmission pricing methodology (the method by which transmission charges are allocated to participants in the electricity industry)

Advising the Electricity Authority

on amendments to the Electricity Industry Participation Code

Advising Contact Energy

on issues arising in its generation, retail, and gas businesses including, land acquisition and disposal, contractual issues, Commerce Act issues, corporate governance, finance, RMA, Public Works Act, Electricity Act and other issues

Representing the Electricity Commission

in Court successfully defending judicial reviews of the Commission’s decisions on the North Island Grid Upgrade (High Court) and the Otahuhu Substation Diversity Proposal (High Court and Court of Appeal)

Advising Ormat Systems

an international geothermal generation developer and manufacturer on its supply of equipment to and investment in geothermal electricity generation projects in New Zealand and overseas

Preparing for the Ministry of Economic Development and Electricity Authority

the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010

Our team

Charlotte von Dadelszen

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Charlotte specialises in leasing, construction and land-related property advice. She has been involved in the development…

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Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel specialises in property law and has extensive experience in property sector, corporate, banking and commercial transactions…

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David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law…

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David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and Māori law. He has advised clients at the heart of intensive RMA…

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Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education…

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Natasha Wilson

Partner, Wellington

Natasha is a member of our public law team in Wellington, and has extensive experience in the health, education, and science and…

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Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team…

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Peter Owles

Partner, Auckland

Peter specialises in all aspects of banking and financial services law, with over 30 years' experience…

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Steve Nightingale

Partner, Wellington

Steve specialises in corporate law including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, limited partnership…

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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure in…

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Tony Wilkinson

Partner, Auckland

Tony has a highly regarded practice acting for public and private sector clients. He is the lead tax advisor for Buddle Findlay’s most…

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