Liz Blythe > Russell McVeagh > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Technology and Telecommunications




Liz is a technology specialist, advising exclusively on technology-related matters. She regularly advises on complex transactions for the procurement, supply, development, manufacturing, outsourcing and commercialisation of technology and e-commerce arrangements. This work spans traditional information technology, telecommunications and digital platforms, as well as emerging technologies such as AI, big data analytics and machine learning, IoT technology and blockchain-powered solutions.

Liz is skilled in assisting her clients in relation to compliance with legal and regulatory requirements applicable to technology, including intellectual property law, privacy law and applicable financial services regulation such as BS11. She regularly works with companies in the technology and financial services sectors, but also advises consumers of technology products and services across a wide range of industries.

Liz is the lead author of the New Zealand chapter of Chambers and Partners 2021 Outsourcing guide and The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide 2021: TMT. She is a regular contributor to NZ Lawyer TV, CIO Magazine, the NZ Herald and numerous other technology publications.


Liz is a member of the Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand.


LLB(Hons), BCom, University of Auckland

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > TMT

(Next Generation Partners)

Liz BlytheRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh has ‘expertise across all practice areas and with very experienced and capable lawyers‘, including in the growing areas of privacy and data protection and cyber security. Specific sector expertise includes the public sector, financial services, media and emerging technology. Mei Fern Johnson and Liz Blythe co-head the group from Wellington and Auckland, respectively, where they advise on a broad mix of development, procurement, outsourcing and commercialisation issues. Joe Edwards focuses on data protection, commercial litigation, IT disputes and defamation cases, and special counsel Louise Taylor specialises in technology contracts and projects.

New Zealand > Intellectual property

Russell McVeagh primarily specialises in litigation and the commercial exploitation of all types of IP, notably trade marks and  designs and advises on joint ventures, licensing and IP collaborations. Practice head Joe Edwards is noted for  ‘a unique ability to distil complex legal issues into succinct commercial advice’; he specialises in brand protection and disputes involving trade marks, technology, regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Liz Blythe’s practice is angled towards the commercial side of IP; assisting with TMT-related transactions and in emerging areas of AI, big data analytics and machine learning  and blockchain.

New Zealand > Data protection

Russell McVeagh‘s ‘unparalleled‘ practice is co-led by Joe Edwards and Liz Blythe (based in Auckland), and is enhanced by its Wellington team comprising Mei Fern Johnson, Chris Curran and Mark Campbell, who apply their data protection expertise across the telecoms, media, IP and litigation spheres. Nationally recognised litigator Edwards is representing Television New Zealand on its appeal to the High Court following a finding that it had breached an interviewee’s privacy during a news item. This case will set precedent for all domestic broadcasters, including how they engage in jigsaw identification and protecting the identity of sources and interviewees.

Comparative Guides

New Zealand: TMT September 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to TMT laws and regulations that may occur in New Zealand.