Public law and regulation

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


We are public law specialists

Our knowledge of the public sector enables us to achieve the best results for you and deliver value for money. We collaborate with clients to ensure that their processes are robust, and that they support their goals.

We have a strong and trusted position in the public sector

We help clients in the public sector to develop and implement regulatory solutions that work.

We have advised public sector clients on:

  • Navigating, developing and implementing regulatory frameworks
  • Meeting statutory and administrative law obligations - including decision-making, consultation, and judicial review
  • Developing policy proposals that will lead to legislation
  • Drafting public and private legislation and other administrative instruments
  • The law-making process.
We understand what clients need in the private sector

We support clients in the private sector to interact with government or respond to regulation.

As a successful commercial law firm, we understand the commercial drivers of businesses. We use our knowledge and experience to help clients represent their commercial interests to decision-makers.

We have a strong history in:

  • Advising on public, government, economic and infrastructure regulation
  • Assisting private sector clients to develop and implement their government relations strategy and interact with government
  • Drafting select committee submissions
  • Making representations to Ministers and government departments, and public relations strategies
  • Assisting clients to engage with regulators - such as the Commerce Commission and the Overseas Investment Office.
We work with a wide range of clients

We have worked with various government agencies and Crown entities, including:

  • Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand
  • Tertiary Education Commission Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua
  • NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi
  • Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Primary Industries Manatū Ahu Matua
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Hīkina Whakatutuki
  • Auckland Council Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Radio New Zealand
  • Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko
  • Accident Compensation Corporation.

We have also advised private sector clients from a range of industries, including media and telecommunications companies, and companies in the electricity sector.

These clients include:

  • Infratil
  • Toyota New Zealand
  • Sky Television
  • Zespri International.

Work highlights

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand

We advised 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.

Tertiary Education Commission

We are the lead legal adviser to the Tertiary Education Commission providing a range of public law advisory services. We advised on the reform of vocational education that saw the merger of 16 polytechnics into Te Pūkenga, the establishment of six workforce development councils, and the implementation of Fees Free tertiary education.

Ministry of Health

We advised the Ministry of Health on the development, drafting and implementation of legislation, such as the Therapeutic Products Act 2023, the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act 2023, and the End of Life Choice Act 2019.

Zespri International

We advised Zespri International on regulatory issues relating to Zespri's single desk export role and non-discrimination rule for the purchase of kiwifruit, and the application of the Kiwifruit Export Regulations.


We advised RNZ on its submission on the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill.

Electricity sector

We advised the Electricity Authority on urgent amendments to the Electricity Industry Participation Code to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in 2020. We also advise electricity industry participants on their obligations under the Electricity Industry Act 2010 and the Code, and have significant experience engaging with the Electricity Authority when advising clients.

Our team

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 partner in 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 infrastructure projects…

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