GovernmentPublic law

Our team is known as the "centre for excellence" on public law, policy and regulatory matters.

Chapman Tripp is home to New Zealand’s leading advisers on public law and regulatory matters. We are passionate about public law and have significant experience in all aspects of regulatory, policy development and law reform, and administrative and constitutional law. Our lawyers' knowledge of the legislative and public policy process, and its complexities, is matched by their unique ability to interpret and shape its impact on business and industry aspirations.

Our highly experienced regulatory team has acted for New Zealand's leading corporates and SOEs on significant regulatory matters across a range of industry sectors.

Our internationally recognised experts navigate policy and law reform processes to find solutions and shape and define outcomes.  We understand the business of government and offer strategic and tactical advice to ensure clients’ interests are represented both before laws are passed and later when they are applied.

We regularly advise on constitutional and administrative matters and have acted on some of New Zealand’s most important cases in this area.

Ranked Tier One for public law work by independent legal directory Chambers Asia Pacific 2016


We have advised

  • the New Zealand Government on the establishment, operation, and subsequent sale of many key State Owned Enterprises.
  • the Ministry of Economic Development -  working with the Ministry of Economic Development on the Government’s financial market reform proposals, including the licensing regime for financial advisers.
  • the Minister of Internal Affairs - acting as a member of the Technical Advisory Group advising the Minister of Internal Affairs on Overseas Investment Act reforms.
  • DHBs in large-scale Health and Disability Commissioner and government investigations (Canterbury, Tairawhiti, Southland, Auckland, Waikato). 
  • Powerco - in defending a judicial review on behalf of Powerco on a Commerce Commission recommendation that Powerco be placed under price control.
  • Spark (formerly Telecom) on regulatory reform, including engaging officials on regulatory models and assisting with Telecom’s response to proposed legislation.

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