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Russell McVeagh named a leading litigation firm

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Published on: June 27, 2023


Russell McVeagh has been named a Top Tier firm by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023 for a third consecutive year, with five Russell McVeagh Litigation partners also recognised.

Litigation Practice Group Chair Kirsten Massey and partners Matthew Kersey, Polly Pope and Chris Curran have been named 'Litigation Stars', and Marika Eastwick-Field a 'Future Star' in the 2023 guide.  

"This is a very well-deserved recognition for our highly experienced Litigation team who have been assisting clients across a wide range of sectors with significant and complex disputes this year, including a number of class actions, major construction project disputes, and insolvency and restructuring matters," says Russell McVeagh CEO Jo Avenell.

The firm's Benchmark Litigation rankings follow Polly being recognised in the Top 100 Women in Litigation – Asia-Pacific list 2022 and Russell McVeagh being awarded 'New Zealand Law Firm of the Year' at the Chambers Asia-Pacific and Greater China Region Awards 2023. Polly was also recognised as a finalist for 'New Zealand Lawyer of the Year' – one of only 4 NZ lawyers to be shortlisted – in Benchmark Litigation's recent Asia-Pacific Awards 2023.

Benchmark Litigation's independent research is conducted through extensive interviews with litigators, arbitrators, dispute resolution specialists and clients to identify the leading litigators and firms, as well as examining recent casework handled by law firms and lawyers. 

The team received excellent client feedback as part of the research including:

“Russell McVeagh's attention to detail, quality of client service, depth of thinking and strategic/commercial acumen is world class and sets them apart from other law firms in the New Zealand market." 

“The lawyers are excellent managers of the process – it goes without saying that they are experts in the field, but their communication and management is excellent.” 

For more information about our Litigation team, see here.   

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