New Zealand Law Awards 2018: Winners revealed

by NZ Lawyer16 Nov 2018

The New Zealand Law Awards were held at The Cordis Auckland last night – revealing the year’s best legal deals, law firms, individual lawyers and legal teams.

The event was attended by close to 650 of the country’s top legal professionals, eager to celebrate the big winners across 28 prestigious award categories.

TV personality Simon Dallow delighted the crowds in his role as the MC, while great musical entertainment came from singer-songwriters Mark Cunningham and Annie Crummer.

Scoring big were multiple award winners Webb Henderson (collecting Boutique Law Firm of the Year and Deal Team of the Year, less than 100 lawyers), Chapman Tripp (scooping up Large Law Firm of the Year and NZ Lawyer Deal Team of the Year, over 100 lawyers) and Anderson Lloyd (winning Legal Personnel Employer of Choice, 51 to 100 lawyers; Mid-Size Law Firm of the Year; and managing partner Richard Greenaway getting the nod for Managing Partner of the Year for firms of less than 100 Lawyers). In-house Lawyer of the Year went to Andrew Cordner of Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, while In-house Team of the Year was awarded to the Wellington City Council Legal Team.

NZ Lawyer congratulates all of last night’s award finalists and winners. Photos and video coverage from the event will be available next week at www.lawawards.co.nz.

2018 New Zealand Law Awards winners:

NICHE Recruitment M&A Deal of the Year
Shell New Zealand divestment programme
Firms: Ashurst; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Simpson Grierson

Capital Markets Deal of the Year
IFC green bond issuance
Firm: Chapman Tripp

Mid-Market Deal of the Year
Sale of AJ Park
Firms: Chapman Tripp; Watson Mangioni; Webb Henderson

Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year
New Zealand’s first telecommunications network sharing arrangement
Firms: Bell Gully; MinterEllisonRuddWatts

International Deal of the Year
Lattice Energy acquisition by Beach Energy
Firms: Chapman Tripp; Gilbert + Tobin; Herbert Smith Freehills; Russell McVeagh

Rembrandt New Zealand Deal of the Year
Lattice Energy acquisition by Beach Energy
Firms: Chapman Tripp; Gilbert + Tobin; Herbert Smith Freehills; Russell McVeagh

Anthony Harper Young In-House Lawyer of the Year (35 or under)
Emily Acland, Vocus Group

MinterEllisonRuddWatts In-House Lawyer of the Year
Andrew Cordner, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Simpson Grierson Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
ANZ New Zealand

Russell McVeagh In-House Team of the Year
Wellington City Council Legal Team

Employment Law Specialist Law Firm of the Year
SBM Legal

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year
Wilson Harle

Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year
James & Wells

Property & Construction Specialist Law Firm of the Year
Thompson Blackie Biddles Limited

Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year
McElroys

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Webb Henderson

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (<50 Lawyers)
Juno Legal Limited

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (51-100 Lawyers)
Anderson Lloyd

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (>100 Layers)
Simpson Grierson

Resolution Institute Mediator of the Year
Allan Grant

Artemis Executive Recruitment Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (35 or under)
Rebecca Rose, Bell Gully

Managing Partner of the Year (<100 Lawyers)
Richard Greenaway, Anderson Lloyd

Managing Partner of the Year (>100 Lawyers)
Anne Callinan, Simpson Grierson

Deal Team of the Year (<100 Lawyers)
Webb Henderson

Deal Team of the Year (>100 Lawyers)
Chapman Tripp Corporate & Commercial Team

Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year
BlackmanSpargo Rural Law Limited

Mid-size Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Lloyd

Large Law Firm of the Year
Chapman Tripp

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