Kensington Swan print logo


Each year, international legal directories conduct independent research about the New Zealand legal market and the top firms. Kensington Swan and our lawyers are consistently ranked in these guides.

Read what the research and our clients have to say about our advice and service in the following practice areas:

Banking and project finance

The Kensington Swan team are ‘technically the best’. The Wellington team consists of David Ireland who "provides innovative, pragmatic solutions" and Catriona Grover who "has great business acumen". The Auckland team includes Nicole Xanthopol who ' has an excellent breadth of skill and experience.'
Legal500 2016

Leading Lawyer: Gerald Fitzgerald

“We recommend the firm for its strategic and business advice, which underpins the legal professional advice and outcomes it delivers.”
IFLR1000 2016

Construction and real estate/property

The "commercially astute, highly responsive and motivated" team at Kensington Swan "has unparalleled local market knowledge and provide practical, expert advice". Paul Buetow in Auckland is "clearly an expert in construction". In Wellington, John Meads, who advised government body PMCoE on a NZ$60m development of two new properties for use by government agencies in Christchurch, and the "highly experienced" Ish Fraser are recommended. 
Legal500 2016

Leading Lawyer: Paul Buetow  is a "really articulate, prompt and professional practitioner."
Leading Lawyer: John Meads "is very experienced and knowledgeable and is calm and professional in his dealings with clients."
Leading Lawyer: Ish Fraser is “accessible, responsive and display[s] a high degree of commerciality."

“They are highly experienced in the real estate sector. They have a strong knowledge of the local market coupled with practical and expert advice."
Chambers and Partners 2016


Corporate and commercial/ M&A

Leading Lawyer: Chris Parke is “a very good corporate lawyer who has excellent legal skills, and is very business-oriented and practical."

"We are very pleased with the service they provide: they are very responsive, efficient and we like the way that they conduct themselves."
Chambers and Partners 2016

Leading Lawyer: Martin Dalgleish
IFLR1000 2016

Dispute resolution

Kensington Swan is"quick, focused and user-friendly."
Legal500 2016


Employment law and health and safety

Leading Lawyer: Anthony Drake "receives commendations from clients for his extensive knowledge of employment law and is highlighted by sources for his exceptional communication skills."

Leading Lawyer: Grant Nicholson is endorsed by peers as the as "leading health and safety lawyer in New Zealand." 

"They have provided sound advice and we have been very happy with their work."
Chambers and Partners 2016

Kensington Swan "always exceeds expectations." Anthony Drake is "absolutely outstanding and his energy is boundless." Grant Nicholson who is "well regarded by judges", and Greg Cain are recommended for health and safety matters.
Legal500 2016

Energy and natural Resources

"Valued for its representation of government transportation agencies on a range of matters including district plan reviews, development of public transportation systems and applications for alterations to motorway interchanges. Other areas of experience include defending developers in contentious proceedings including environmental clean-up disputes." 
Chambers and Partners 2016

Intellectual property

Kensington Swan is "excellent, proactively guiding clients to clear decisions." Charlotte Henley in Wellington constantly provides "constantly relevant and exceptionally helpful advice."

Recommended Lawyer: Jenni Rutter
Legal500 2016

The team is "recommended for its brand protection expertise, handling trade mark oppositions, enforcements and domain name acquisitions. Also singled out for its significant abilities advising on portfolio management, including licensing negotiations."
Chambers and Partners 2016

Restructuring and insolvency

The firm is "well regarded for advising both insolvency practitioners and creditors in areas including receiverships, administrations and risk management. Also provides strength representing financial organisations in relation to distressed debt acquisitions and restructurings." 
Chambers and Partners 2016


Leading Lawyer: Hayley Miller. One client praises Hayley for "taking time to understand the business and providing the advice we're looking for."

"They're good at keeping the internal legal team involved and keeping you up to date."

"They enjoy diving into the complexities of each particular deal."
Chambers and Partners 2016 

Send us your feedback

Did you find this page useful or interesting?

Back to top