Bell Gully partners top Chambers Asia Pacific rankings in 2016

Friday 12 February 2016

Bell Gully remains at the top of the Chambers Asia Pacific rankings by top-tier practice areas and Band 1 ranked individuals. The 2016 edition of the leading legal directory awarded Bell Gully ten Band 1 practice areas and 18 individual lawyers in the firm achieved Band 1 or higher rankings.

In all, 39 partners, consultants and associates achieved 44 individual rankings, with several ranked in more than one area of expertise.

“These results reflect our clients’ endorsement of what we do and are testament to the strong commitment that we have, as individuals and as a team, to achieving results for them,” said Bell Gully Chairman Chris Gordon. “We celebrated our 175th anniversary in 2015 and some of our clients have been with us for almost as long. Long term relationships with our clients are the platform for our success and we greatly value our clients’ continued confidence in us.”

Practice Area

Ranked Individu al

What clients told Chambers

Banking & Finance

David Craig
Hugh Kettle
Murray King
David McPherson
Rachel Paris

"They have a practical and helpful attitude and I find them easy to communicate with."

"They are very good - the team is very pragmatic and the lawyers are very commercial."


David Cooper
Torrin Crowther
Simon Ladd
Glenn Shewan
Jenny Stevens
Phil Taylor

"They are extremely well resourced and are very good to deal with."

"They give really good commercial advice that is prompt and practical."


Anna Buchly
Mark Freeman
James Gibson
Brynn Gilbertson
Glenn Joblin
Gavin Macdonald
Toby Sharpe
Haydn Wong

"It's a very effective shop, no question. I have absolute respect for the firm and its team."

"They have a strong team which is pragmatic and very good across the board."

Dispute Resolution

David Cooper
Ian Gault
Roger Partridge

"They are excellent adversaries that do a good job for their clients and bring an intellectual heft to cases. They have a great team."

"They are responsive and technically competent. We receive a high-quality service."


Tim Clarke
Rob Towner

"Their approach is pragmatic, they give multiple solutions and understand our business: they are fantastic."

"They are responsive and the quality of their work is good."

Energy & Natural Resources including Environment and Resource Management

Andrew Beatson
David Coull
Garry Downs
Chris Gordon

"We get good advice, a depth of experience and knowledge on the areas we need. They know what works and what doesn't."

"It is a highly regarded and well-known team."

"A top-quality and trusted New Zealand practice."

InsuranceDavid Friar

"They are very responsive, good at knowing what the client wants and tailoring advice accordingly. The client service is excellent."

"We have been really happy with the advice that they have provided and with the way they understand our business."

Intellectual Property

Alan Ringwood

"The team is good in litigation."

Investment Funds

Rachel Paris
Haydn Wong

"They provide a high-level service with good commercial advice." 

"The support team is very good."

Public Law

Tom Bennett
Simon Watt

"They are excellent, with a very good understanding of the interface between public and commercial law."

"They are professional, hard-working and responsive."

Real Estate

David Chisnall
Jane Holland
Andrew Petersen

"They are pragmatic and commercial in their thinking, and timely in their service. I think they are great."

"They have amazing lawyers that are technically very solid."


David McPherson
Murray Tingey

"It is a very good firm that has good operators."


Mathew McKay
Graham Murray
Willy Sussman

"They have done excellent work for us with great results and we get the best possible advice. It is an excellent service that I could not fault." 

"We use them because of the quality of their advice and responsiveness."

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

Dean Oppenhuis
Alan Ringwood

"They have a strong client focus. We see value in their efficient and high-quality output."

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