Awards and recognition

It is our relationship with our clients, and the work we do for them, that drives the independent endorsements received by the firm.

  • International legal directories
  • Awards

​​​​​​​For many years, the world’s most reputable and respected legal directories have placed Bell Gully at the top of their rankings tables. Every year, directories such as Chambers, The Legal 500 and the IFLR1000 conduct extensive market research, undertaking interviews with clients and law firms to build a comprehensive picture of the legal markets around the world. Our lawyers, and the practices they have built, are consistently recognised as New Zealand’s market leaders.

  • For 18 of the past 19 years,​ Bell Gully has been awarded the most New Zealand 'leading individual' rankings in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific​. The firm has al​so stood at the top of the table for practice area rankings for 16 of the last 19 years. In the 2020 edition, eight Bell Gully lawyers received rankings as 'next generation partners'​ - the most across New Zealand firms.

  • The IFLR1000 2020 awarded Bell Gully its highest ranking in all of the practice areas the guide researches in New Zealand, and has done so for 14 of the past 15 years. The firm has also been at the top of the table for "leading lawyer" rankings among New Zealand firms for 13 of the past 15 years.

  • Bell Gully is a leading New Zealand firm across Band 1 practice areas and Band 1 individuals in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020.

  • In Chambers Global 2020, Bell Gully is the only New Zealand firm to have a partner ranked as a leading lawyer for climate change work​​.​​​​​​​​

  • In 2020, Global Competition Review's GCR 100 has recognised Bell Gully as having an 'elite' competition practice for the past 15 years, its highest ranking in New Zealand.

  • International Tax Review's (ITR) World Tax 2020 awarded Bell Gully's tax practice a top-tier ranking, for the 17th consecutive year. Bell Gully is also the only New Zealand law firm to be ranked Tier 1 in ITR's World Transfer Pricing 2020.


We have an unparalleled track record of winning major legal awards, both in recognition of the firm’s achievements and for the excellent work completed on individual deals. These recognise the strength of our relationships with clients, the scale and breadth of the work we do, the calibre of our work and of our people, and the legal innovation that makes the deals we work on successful.

Other recent awards we have received reflect our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity and our broader service to the community.

  • At the 2020 INFINZ Awards​, the NZ$3.4bn sale of Vodafone NZ to Infratil and Brookfield won three awards including NZ Equity Market Transaction of the Year, M&A Transaction of the Year and Debt Deal of the Year. Bell Gully acted as Vodafone Group's counsel on this significant transaction. Chair Anna Buchly also received the Hunter Campbell Diversity and Inclusion award, underpinning the firm's commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive environment.​​​​

  • Bell Gully's litigation team was recognised at the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2020​, winning several awards including New Zealand Litigation Firm of the Year. Department leader David Friar was named New Zealand Litigation Lawyer of the Year​. The litigation team also received an Impact Case of the Year award at the asialaw Awards 2020 for its work on the insolvency of CBL Insurance​.​

  • Bell Gully's tax team was recognised at the ITR Asia Tax Awards​ 2020, winning New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year and an Impact Case of the Year award for the sale of Vodafone New Zealand.​

  • Bell Gully was recognised as one of country's leading legal employers in NZ Lawyer's inaugural Employer of Choice 2020 report.​

  • Bell Gully won two awards at the Client Choice Awards 2020​. The firm was named joint-winners in both Best Professional Services Firm ($50-$200m revenue) and Best Law & Related Services Firm ($50-$200m revenue) categories across Australasia.

  • ​Bell Gully was recognised as the most innovative law firm in New Zealand at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2020.​

  • ​In 2020, Bell Gully was voted among the top 30 New Zealand employers​ in a survey of recent graduates from GradNewZealand.​​​​​​​

  • Bell Gully won six awards at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards. The firm was awarded Employer of Choice, while chair Anna Buchly was named Managing Partner of the Year. We also advised on the transactions named as New Zealand Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year, Capital Markets Deal of the Year and International Deal of the Year.

  • Bell Gully was named a 2019 winner at the NZ UN Women's Empowerment Principles White Camellia Awards. The firm received an award in recognition of our work to promote education, training and professional development opportunities for women. The awards celebrate organisations that are taking positive steps to ensure our New Zealand workplaces are fair, equal and offer the opportunity to succeed.

  • Bell Gully's tax team was recognised at the ITR 2019 Asia Tax Awards​, winning a Regional Impact Case of the Year award for their tax avoidance and interest deductions work in Frucor Suntory New Zealand vs CIR.

  • Bell Gully was named National Firm of the Year for New Zealand at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2018.

  • Bell Gully won New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year, at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards.

  • Bell Gully won the award for best provider to the Financial and Insurance Services industries in Australasia at the Financial Review’s 2017 Client Choice Awards. Bell Gully was the only New Zealand law firm to receive a 2017 Client Choice Award from the Financial Review. 

  • The firm advised on the transaction named as Australian Deal of the Year and M&A Deal of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards in 2017.


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