Ross Patterson > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Competition and Regulation


Partner – Head of Competition


Ross is a highly respected competition and telecommunications law expert with more than 30 years of specialist experience as both a lawyer and a regulator.

Regarded as an authority on economic regulation, Ross represents clients in New Zealand’s highest profile merger clearances, authorisations, and Commerce Commission investigations, and advises on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour. He assists a wide range of telecommunications companies with Telecommunications Act issues and the ongoing telecommunications sector reform processes.

Ross is sought after for his in-depth knowledge of competition law especially in the telecommunications sector. Along with his strong regulatory relationships, Ross has excellent ties with Australia, having been a partner at MinterEllison (Sydney) and President of the Australia New Zealand Business Council for many years.

Drawing on the huge breadth of his experience, Ross provides excellent advice swiftly, enabling clients to make strategic decisions with speed.




PhD, University of Auckland (1994)

LLM, Queens University (1972)

LLB (Hons), University of Auckland (1970)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Competition law

(Hall of Fame)

Ross PattersonMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has demonstrable experience in merger clearance applications and oppositions – often with a distinct cross-border element – and is particularly noted for its capabilities handling anti-dumping and anti-subsidy matters. The Auckland-based team is led by highly regarded Ross Patterson, who represents clients in high-profile merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations, and is especially recognised for his expertise in the telecoms sector. Jennifer Hambleton, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, focuses on Commerce Act and Fair Trading Act (FTA) investigations and enforcement actions, while corporate partner Sarah Salmond handles regulatory work arising out of concerns in the agriculture and fisheries, food and beverage, telecoms and energy sectors. Key clients include Tourism Holdings Limited, Tegel Foods Limited and Life Health Foods NZ, to name a few.

New Zealand > TMT

(Leading individuals)

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a ‘wealth of experience’ across the full gamut of TMT matters, from technology transformation projects and large-scale M&A transactions to emerging technologies, regulatory matters and complex disputes, among others. In the firm’s Auckland office, Tom Maasland leads the practice and advises on cyber security, artificial intelligence and blockchain-related mandates, while Wellington-based Jane Parker is ‘particularly knowledgeable’ in handling matters pertaining to technology services agreements. The Auckland office is also home to Ross Patterson, who focuses on telecoms regulation, and Richard Wells, who advises on technology-related contracting, in addition to privacy and data protection issues. In Wellington, John McCay is noted for his experience in the film and entertainment sectors. Other key members of the practice include Auckland-based special counsel Sonya Forbes, and senior associates Kate Cruickshank and Kate Anderson, both of who operate from the firm’s Wellington office.