Chief Executive of MinterEllisonRuddWatts since August 2018, Andrew is responsible for the overall leadership of the firm and collaborating with the board to drive the firm’s strategy and growth.
Andrew has had an extensive leadership career. As well as being Chief Executive of another leading law firm, Andrew has advised a range of organisations in the corporate, professional services and not for profit sectors. His roles include being the Chair and CEO of the Rotoroa Island Trust, a founding trustee of The Education Hub, leading an exciting project for the NEXT Foundation in the education and conservation sectors, and management consulting for corporates and professional services firms.
A passionate New Zealander, Andrew brings enthusiasm, energy and commitment to increasing diversity in the legal sector and wider business community. Andrew and his former firm were recognised for their work, winning a White Camellia award for leadership commitment to diversity in 2015.
MinterEllisonRuddWatts is a leading, full service national law firm in New Zealand, and is part of the MinterEllison Legal Group which is regarded as one of the Asia-Pacific’s premier law firms.
With a strong track record advising national and international organisations on many of the most significant developments in New Zealand’s legal and corporate business sectors, the firm is renowned for providing clients with technically excellent legal solutions and innovative advice.
The firm’s culture underpins its success, and it celebrates diversity and values inclusion – supporting its people to collaborate to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients.
Nurturing a culture built on values of openness, honesty, equality, respect, acceptance, flexibility, wellbeing as well as health and safety – has seen the firm advance in the market, progressing towards its vision of being New Zealand’s best firm.
MinterEllisonRuddWatts commitment to greater gender diversity in the legal profession has received local and international recognition, winning New Zealand’s best national firm for women in business and law (2018 and 2017) as well as the best national firm mentoring programme in the Asia Pacific region at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards. It has also been awarded Highly Commended in the Empowerment category at the prestigious Diversity NZ Awards.
The firm is an active advocate for diversity in New Zealand, and is proud to partner with Global Women and support Champions of Change.