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 Television, Contact Energy, Auckland Council, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Ministry of Health, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, ACC, Tertiary Education Commission and Zespri International.

Work highlights

Advising Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand (and before that the Transition Unit in DMPC and interim Health New Zealand)

on the health reforms and establishment of Te Whatu Ora through the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022, including on legislation, governance, and the disestablishment of health sector entities

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

Work includes drafting amendments to the Electricity Industry Participation Code relating to default distributor agreement requirements, real-time pricing, and 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 Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand (and previously the Ministry of Health and all DHBs)

on the review and rewrite of the national Primary Health Organisations Services Agreement between Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand 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

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

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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Luke Sizer

Partner, Auckland

Luke specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly acts on matters involving complex corporate fraud, insolvency…

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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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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 in…

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Tom Bennett

Partner, Auckland

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

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