Partner, Wellington

Board of Management

Amy Ryburn

Amy Ryburn


Amy specialises in commercial law.  She advises on a range of commercial matters but has a particular focus on technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), outsourcing, public sector contracting and procurement, intellectual property, privacy and data protection, and consumer law matters.

Amy has more than 20 years of experience working on complex technology projects in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  Her team has worked on some of the most significant technology contracts in New Zealand in recent years (including a number of syndicated and framework agreements put in place for use by eligible Government agencies throughout New Zealand).

Her expertise includes drafting, negotiating and providing strategic pragmatic advice on agreements for both customers and suppliers for cloud computing solutions, a full range of network and other telco services, and software development projects (using both agile and waterfall methodologies).

Amy's experience also extends to a wide range of general commercial agreements, such as strategic alliances, franchise agreements, IP transfer, licensing and exploitation agreements, publishing agreements, data licensing agreements, reseller and distribution arrangements and customer terms (including drafting online terms and privacy statements and policies and advising on consumer law issues related to such terms and compliance with the unfair contract terms regime).

Amy has a particular interest in how technology contracts can be crafted to support and promote project success. She is a regular speaker on issues such as risk allocation and ICT project failure.

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay in 2010, Amy worked at Slaughter and May in London.

  • Prince2 practitioner accreditation
  • Recognised as a leading individual for TMT by Chambers and Legal 500

Work highlights

Advising Zespri

on its Project Horizon project - a complex, multi year project to transform its IT systems

Advising the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment

on a wide range of complex ICT procurements, including its most significant outsourcing arrangements

Advising a supplier of SaaS software

in the energy sector on its templates and contracts with key customers in Australia

Advising a blockchain digital platform vendor

on its rollout in New Zealand

Advising Bank of New Zealand

on the renegotiation of its significant technology and telecommunications outsourcing to Vodafone

Advising a range of public sector customers

including Department of Corrections, the Department of Conservation, the Department of Internal Affairs, the University of Canterbury, WorkSafe, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Development on critical technology procurements