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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

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Malcolm specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including construction, insolvency and employment law. He acts on matters involving emergency and urgent relief orders and complex contractual and statutory interpretation issues. He brings his experience and intelligence to represent clients in all Courts, appearing before the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court. He is also experienced in representing clients before mediations and commercial arbitrations. Malcolm was previously Chair of the Russell McVeagh Board and prior to this was Chair of the Partnership.

Malcolm originally joined Russell McVeagh in 1992, the year he was admitted to practice, before leaving to study for his postgraduate degree at Oxford University. He then worked as a Labour Law and Labour Relations specialist at the International Labour Office in Geneva before returning to Russell McVeagh in 1998. He became a partner in 2003 and is currently Chair of the Russell McVeagh Board.


LLB (First Class Honours), University of Otago
BCL (First Class Honours), Oxford University

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Malcolm CrottyRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh is praised for its ‘exceptional’ ability to ‘take complex legal issues and distil down clear and concise advice to be able to guide strategy’. The team is regularly involved in significant high-profile disputes, including large-scale class actions and contentious matters, across a wide range of sectors. The practice is steered by Kirsten Massey, who is a highly experienced commercial litigation and dispute resolution specialist, with particular expertise in class actions, financial services litigation and professional negligence disputes. Key contact Malcolm Crotty is a trusted adviser for critical and strategic litigation matters, while the ‘impressive’ Marika Eastwick-Field is noted for her contentious and advisory expertise in M&A, banking and financial services, capital markets, property, and leasing disputes. Nathaniel Walker has a proven track record in all levels of the New Zealand court system and routinely receives instructions at the top of the market.