Russell McVeagh bolsters three practice groups with new partners

The firm welcomes a senior lawyer from the government and promotes two homegrown talents to partner

Russell McVeagh bolsters three practice groups with new partners
Russell McVeagh is giving three of its practice groups a boost with the appointment of new partners.

The top firm has hired Cameron Law from the government, while promoting Ben Paterson and Joe Edwards to the partnership.

Law returns to the firm where he began his legal career after stints at the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, Chapman Tripp, and the New Zealand Transport Agency, where he was most recently acting managing counsel for planning and network operations. With nearly 20 years’ experience, he is a specialist in the transport, infrastructure, and public sectors. He joins the firm’s environment, planning, and natural resources group.

“Cameron is uniquely positioned within the marketplace,” said David Hoare, Russell McVeagh chair. “His ability to understand and participate in transport decision-making, together with his skills and relationships within the transport and public sectors, have been critical to the planning, funding and the development of transport and other infrastructure around New Zealand.”

Cameron Law

Ben Paterson, previously a senior associate, joins the firm’s partners in the corporate team. He began his legal career with the firm in 2008 and since then has become a key dealmaker due to his specialist knowledge in M&A, private equity, joint ventures, and overseas investments.

Paterson is valued by clients for his ability to collaborate effectively to achieve results, Hoare said. He is also highly regarded by fellow advisers, making him a key contact for corporate clients.

Ben Paterson

Joe Edwards also began his career at Russell McVeagh, starting as a scholar of the firm in 1999. He was briefly with the British Home Office and was seconded to the International Rugby Board for the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

Promoted from special counsel, he is an expert commercial litigator, having worked with former Russell McVeagh partners Justice Sarah Katz, Justice Sally Fitzgerald, and Mike Heron QC, the former solicitor-general.  Edwards currently leads the firm’s marketing law, media, and intellectual property team. He has a particular focus on regulatory investigations and prosecutions, privacy law, intellectual property and information technology disputes.

Edwards is considered a leader in his field and has strong relationships with clients and regulators, Hoare said.

Joe Edwards

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