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

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 20 years,​ Bell Gully has been awarded the most New Zealand 'leading individual' rankings in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific​. The firm has al​so s​tood at the top of the table for practice area rankings for 17 of the last 20 years. In the 2021 edition, 11 Bell Gully lawyers received rankings as 'next generation partners'​ - the most across New Zealand firms.


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.