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Public and administrative law

Delivering public law solutions in a resource-constrained environment demands an innovative approach. Public entities need to balance a drive for innovation with the need to comply with their core obligations. Private entities need to be able to work within these constraints to achieve effective outcomes.

At Kensington Swan we understand the need for balance. Working in both the public and private sectors, are well placed to help government agencies navigate their legal obligations. We know how government works in practice not just how it works in theory and can offer practical, workable, and efficient advice.

Our experienced team brings innovative ideas, commercial acumen, and an in-depth understanding of decision-making in the public sector.

Recognised leaders

Our lawyers are recognised market leaders across all the key areas of public and administrative law. We can complement and support your in-house expertise in areas such as:

  • judicial review
  • Constitutional obligations
  • The public/commercial law interface
  • the Treaty of Waitangi.

Recent experience


Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Our team supported MBIE in its negotiations with SkyCity towards the construction of the New Zealand International Convention Centre. The project is complex, involving a wide range of expertise from construction and commercial law to core public law issues. Our team complemented the expertise of MBIE’s in-house resource, adding additional depth and providing expertise in the public/commercial aspect of the transaction.

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority

We advised ADFCA on implementation issues in a proposed new food safety regime, including the sufficiency of existing regulatory powers and the identification of needs for new regulations. Our team brought a new perspective to this project, bringing aspects of the New Zealand regulatory experience to the Abu Dhabi Government’s desire to achieve international best practice.


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