Bell Gully recognised as New Zealand leader in The Legal 500 for 2023

28 February 2023

The Legal 500 has named Bell Gully as a top tier firm in the New Zealand market across 11 key practice areas in its recently released legal directory.

The firm is one of two New Zealand firms to achieve tier one ranking in the 2023 practice areas: banking and finance, corporate and M&A, competition, data protection, dispute resolution, employment, insurance, projects and resource management, real estate and construction, TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) and tax.

Across the key leading lawyer categories, which include “hall of fame”, “leading individuals”, “next generation partners” and “rising stars”, 56 current Bell Gully lawyers were recognised, the highest total in New Zealand.

Chair Andrew Petersen said, “these outstanding rankings highlight the depth of Bell Gully’s expertise and the firm’s strong focus on providing tailored, pragmatic and strategic advice to our clients. These excellent rankings are testament to the effort of everyone involved”.  

6 Bell Gully lawyers were named in the “Hall of Fame” ranking:

Murray King (Banking and finance)
David McPherson (Banking and finance)
Torrin Crowther (Competition)
Simon Watt (Projects and RM including environment)
Andrew Petersen (Real estate and construction)
Willy Sussman (Tax)

17 Bell Gully lawyers were named as “Leading Individuals”:

David Craig (Banking and finance)
Jane Holland (Real estate and construction)
Tim Clarke (Labour and employment)
Laura Littlewood (TMT)
David Chisnall (Real estate and construction)
Dean Oppenhuis (TMT)
Glenn Joblin (Corporate and M&A)
Haydn Wong (Investment Funds)
Rachael Brown (Labour and employment)
James Gibson (Corporate and M&A)
Jenny Stevens (Competition law)
Sophie East (Dispute resolution)
David McPherson (Banking and finance)
Anna Buchly (Corporate and M&A)
David Friar (Dispute resolution)
Mathew McKay (Tax)
Graham Murray (Tax)

15 Bell Gully lawyers were named as “Next Generation Partners”:

Jennifer Gunser (Banking and finance)
Jennifer Coote (Corporate and M&A)
Glenn Shewan (Competition law)
Jesse Wilson (Dispute Resolution)
Kirsty Dobbs (Dispute Resolution)
Blair Keown (Dispute Resolution)
Tim Fitzgerald (Dispute Resolution)
Liz Coats (Labour and employment)
Katie Dow (Investment funds)
Natasha Garvan (Projects and RM including Environment)
Ian Becke (Real Estate and Construction)
Toni Forrest (Real Estate and Construction)
Brad Ward (Real Estate and Construction)
Campbell Pentney (Tax)
Hayden Roberts (Tax)

2 Bell Gully lawyers were named as “Rising Stars”:

Rosemary Wooders (Labour and employment)
Penny Pasley (Competition law)


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