Simon Watt

Partner Wellington

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Simon has provided substantial advice on the commercial activities of public sector entities, including RFP and tender processes and associated probity issues. He advises on consultation and decision-making processes aimed at fulfilling public law obligations and managing judicial review risks. He works with public sector boards, advising on governance issues and has been involved in the establishment of government bodies, as well as in drafting and implementing legislation.

The country’s leading probity advisor for public sector procurement, Simon has advised on all of the Government’s public private partnership (PPP) projects. His expertise has ensured that public sector procurement processes have been successfully implemented without legal challenge and have been conducted fairly and under strict legal requirements.

Work highlights

Infrastructure and projects

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
Probity Advisor for all of New Zealand's PPP projects, Wiri, Auckland East ​​​and Waikeria prisons, Hobsonville Point schools, the Schools Projects 2 and 3, Transmission Gully and Puhoi to Warkworth state highways.

Ultra-fast broadband initiative (UFB)
Advised Crown Infrastructure Partners (and formerly Crown Fibre Holdings), a Government-owned investment vehicle, on all process and probity issues for the procurement of the New Zealand Government's UFB initiative, involving a public and private sector co-investment and joint venture structure. This includes the extension of UFB to at least 80% of the country.