Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts is a full-service law firm in New Zealand, founded over 130 years ago. With offices in Auckland and Wellington, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts employs over 200 staff, including 43 partners.

Known by the name Rudd Watts and Stone until 2001, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts is part of the Minter Ellison Legal Group with offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK.

Worldwide, the Minter Ellison group is one of the largest full-service law firms in the Asia-Pacific region with over 280 partners and 1000 other legal staff.

The firm won the New Zealand category of the International Law Office Client Choice Awards 2006.


Areas of expertise

Banking & Financial Services; Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment; Real Estate; Tax

Office locations

Minter Ellison has offices in four countries and thirteen cities their first international office was opened in London in 1974. Its main focus is advising UK and European law firms on Australian law and working with European clients on their business activities in Asia.

Minter Ellison was one of the first foreign law firms to have a presence in China, initially through a joint venture arrangement in Beijing in the mid-1980s. The firm subsequently established offices in Hong Kong in 2000 and in Shanghai in 2001 and it currently has more than 50 lawyers based in China.


  • 2001 - Rudd Watts & Stone changed its name to Minter Ellison Rudd Watts on 1 September 2001.
  • 1984 - Rudd Watts & Stone formed by a merger of three law firms on 1 January 1984: Rudd Garland Horrocks Stewart Johnston in Auckland, Stone & Co and Watts & Patterson both in Wellington.
  • 1982 - Rudd Garland Horrocks Stewart Johnston formed by the merger of Rudd Garland & Horrocks and Stewart Johnston Campbell Drummond & Co in 1982.
  • ca. 1880 - Stewart Johnston Campbell Drummond & Co founded.

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