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Russell McVeagh's Team Effort Recognised by Legal 500

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Published on: February 05, 2021


Russell McVeagh has been recognised for its role supporting its clients with achievements in the latest independent Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021 Guide. The firm's Corporate and M&A, Competition Law, Real Estate and Construction, Tax, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, and Restructuring and Insolvency expertise received eminent rankings, Data Protection received a new top-tier ranking, and the firm is recommended across 8 additional areas of law in this year's Guide.

A number of the firm's talented partners are honoured as esteemed members of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, a new level of recognition in the New Zealand market for lawyers considered to be at the pinnacle of the profession. A special congratulations to Guy Lethbridge (Banking and Finance), Ed Crook (Real Estate and Construction), Matthew Kersey (Restructuring and Insolvency), and Fred Ward (Tax) who join this elite group.  

Ben Paterson (Corporate and M&A) and Marika Eastwick-Field (Dispute Resolution) also moved up in their rankings to become Leading Individuals.

Partners ranking for the first time in their respective fields included:

Leading Individuals

  • Daniel Minhinnick (Projects and Resources Management including Environment); and​​

  • Joe Edwards (Data Protection – this is the first time Data Protection has been considered as a standalone category by Legal 500 - in addition to his existing ranking for Intellectual Property).

Next Generation Partner

Rising Star

Feedback received regarding the firm's team throughout the independent research process included:

‘The team at Russell McVeagh offers a strength in depth that I rely upon for my projects. They turn around work in good time and I have complete faith in their standard of advice and reporting.’

‘The team is highly capable and prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that all variables have been thoroughly tested. They have great communication skills.’

‘The firm has high levels of skill, preparedness, and commerciality. It provides excellent knowledge and service.’

‘Relationships are key for us. The firm respects and understands our commercial and operational requirements, opinions and is very much part of the wider team – understanding a broad range of property and planning issues – rather than a simply a required add-on.’

‘The team are responsive and helpful. They always provide timely, well considered advice.’

Additionally, Russell McVeagh lawyers who maintained their top rankings in this year's Guide included Deemple Budhia and John Powell (Banking and Finance), Troy Pilkington (Competition Law), David Hoare, Dan Jones and Joe Windmeyer (Corporate and M&A), Mei Fern Johnson (Corporate and M&A and Technology, Media and Telecommunications), Kylie Dunn (Labour and Employment), Allison Arthur-Young  (Projects and Resources Management, including Environment), David Butler (Real Estate and Construction), Polly Pope (Real Estate and Construction and Restructuring and Insolvency), and Malcolm Crotty (Dispute Resolution). 

The Legal 500 is one the world's leading legal directories and provides a snapshot of the most esteemed law firms and lawyers from more than 150 jurisdictions.

The full Asia-Pacific 2021 Guide can be found here.


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