Public and administrative law

We are the adviser of choice on public law and regulatory issues in New Zealand. Our extensive experience working with both government and private sectors means that we are best placed to help you solve public and regulatory issues from the day-to-day to the most complex and controversial.


We are the adviser of choice on public law and regulatory issues in New Zealand.

We solve public and regulatory issues from the day-to-day to the most complex and controversial.  We are public law specialists that know what we are talking about, can achieve the best result for you, and deliver value for money.

If you are in the public sector, we can help you to develop and implement regulatory solutions that work.  We do this by working closely with you to ensure that your process is robust and achieves your goals effectively.

If you are in the private sector, we can help you interact with government or respond to regulation.  As part of a successful commercial law firm, we understand the commercial drivers of your business and can help you represent your commercial interests to decision-makers.

Our clients include the Electricity Authority, Ministry of Primary Industries, Sky Network Television, Contact Energy, Auckland Council, New Zealand Transport Agency, Ministry of Health, District Health Boards, Tertiary Education Commission, and Zespri International.

Work highlights

Advising the Electricity Authority (and its predecessor, the Electricity Commission)

Recent work includes drafting amendments to the Electricity Industry Participation Code relating to new default distributor agreement requirements, real-time pricing, and new prudential security requirements for the wholesale electricity market

Advising Zespri International

on regulatory issues relating to Zespri's single desk export role and non-discrimination rule for the purchase of kiwifruit

Advising the Ministry of Health and all DHBs

on the review and rewrite of the national Primary Health Organisations Services Agreement between DHBs and PHOs

Advising SKY Television

on public law and regulatory issues

Advising the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of Economic Development

on the legislation regulating dairy markets in light of proposed changes to Fonterra’s capital structure

Advising a Crown Research Institute

on the possible acquisition of an operational unit from a government department, and the provision of regulatory support services back to the government department

Our team

Alastair Hercus

Partner, Wellington

Alastair specialises in public and commercial law. He advises clients on legislative design, decision-making by statutory bodies…

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Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

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

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Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
National Chair

Jennifer specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law, with extensive experience as a strategic…

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Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

Paul was the National Chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020. Paul specialises in Māori Law, Treaty settlement negotiations, …

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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

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

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Tom Bennett

Partner, Auckland

Tom specialises in real estate, construction, procurement and local government.…

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Tony Dellow

Partner, Wellington

Tony specialises in competition law and regulatory processes, especially in infrastructure industries. Tony’s practice is unique…

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