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.

  • The 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific awarded Bell Gully more 'leading individual' rankings than any other New Zealand law firm for the 18th year in a row. The firm has also stood at the top of the table for practice area rankings for 16 of the last 18 years.

  • ​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 2019.

  • In Chambers Global 2019​, Bell Gully is the only New Zealand firm to have a partner ranked as a leading lawyer for climate change work.

  • In 2019, Global Competition Review's GCR 100 has recognised Bell Gully as having an 'elite' competition practice for the past 14 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.​

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

  • 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 A​wards in 2017. 

  • Bell Gully's corporate team won Deal Team of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards in 2016. We advised on the transactions named as M&A Deal of the Year, Capital Markets Deal of the Year, New Zealand Deal of the Year and International Deal of the Year.

  • Bell Gully was named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers A​sia Pacific Awards 2016, the second time the firm has held the award.

  • The International Tax Review named Bell Gully New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year at the Asia Tax Awards 2016.

  • Bell Gully was named Large Law Firm of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards in 2015. We advised on the transactions named as M&A Deal of the Year, Capital Markets Deal of the Year and International Deal of the Year.

  • The firm was awarded Best Gender Diversity Initiative by a National Firm at the fifth Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards in 2015, which was open to law firms throughout the region.

  • Bell Gully won a Silver award at the YWCA Equal Pay Awards in 2015, which acknowledge best practice among business leaders actively addressing equal pay within their organisations.

  • Bell Gully was named a winner at the 2014 and 2015 White Camellia Awards. The awards highlight organisations that have made the most progress in implementing the UN Women and the UN Global Compact (UNGC)’s Women’s Empowerment Principles, which are committed to supporting gender equality.

  • Bell Gully has been named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year by global publisher, the International Financial Law Review 10 times.

  • The firm has been named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year in the Who's Who Legal Awards six times.