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Mark Campbell

Special Counsel

Litigation and Corporate Advisory

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Mark is a special counsel in Russell McVeagh’s litigation and corporate advisory teams. Mark’s areas of specialty include health and safety, ICT disputes, and data protection and privacy and he regularly advises public sector agencies, state-owned enterprises and multinationals in those areas.

In his litigation practice, Mark has acted for clients with disputes at all levels of the New Zealand court system, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. He has acted for clients on a wide range of matters including ICT disputes, health and safety prosecutions, contractual disputes, judicial reviews, privacy proceedings, and commercial lease disputes.


  • Advising public and private sector clients on health and safety duties, including in relation to officers’ due diligence obligations, importing inherently dangerous plant and equipment, and funding of health services.
  • Acting for a public sector client on a multi-million dollar ICT dispute.
  • Representing and advising clients, including a state-owned enterprise, during health and safety investigations and prosecutions.
  • Advising on privacy obligations and compliance, including leading privacy risk assessments for a major public entity.
  • Advising and representing clients in privacy disputes in the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
  • Advising a prime supplier in relation to a substantial dispute with a subcontractor in a significant ICT project.
  • Representing the Crown in litigation under the Crown Minerals Act, including disputes over permit allocation (Tap (New Zealand) Pty Ltd v Attorney-General), permit revocation (Bounty Oil and Gas NL v Attorney-General), and seismic data ownership.
  • Representing a drilling operator in a $12 million contractual dispute over a drilling contract.
  • Representing clients in commercial lease disputes and rent reviews in arbitration, the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Representing a state-owned enterprise in a significant dispute over right of use charges for fibre-optic cables.
  • Acting for Lecretia Seales in her high profile application testing the legality of aid in dying services.


LLB (Hons) and BA, University of Canterbury.


Mark has published a number of legal articles on public law, privacy law, criminal law, and health and safety, which have been cited by courts in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He regularly presents at conferences and national webinars.

Mark is a co-author of the New Zealand chapter in Insurance Litigation 2022: A Chambers Global Practice Guide.

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