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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 a full-service litigation practice that demonstrates strong capability in class actions, insolvency proceedings, construction disputes and ADR mandates. Group chair Marika Eastwick-Field is a top advocate for M&A disputes, banking and financial services, capital markets, property and insurance. Commercial litigators Malcolm Crotty, Kirsten Massey; insolvency partner Matthew Kersey and class action specialist Polly Pope, are the other central figures in Auckland. The Wellington litigation team comprises Chris Curran, whose work spans complex commercial disputes, public law, judicial reviews and IT projects, and Emmeline Rushbrook, who acts for financial markets participants in regulatory enforcement action involving the Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

New Zealand > Labour and employment

Kylie Dunn leads the Auckland-based employment practice at Russell McVeagh where she advises employers on a wide range of industrial issues, restraints of trade, redundancies, personal grievances and professional misconduct. She also advises on health and safety liability, working alongside Malcolm Crotty, who is a go-to defence counsel for employers in health and safety prosecutions. Senior associate Emma Peterson is recommended for personal grievance claims and other litigation, as well as restructuring work and the drafting of employment agreements. Special counsel Mark Campbell in Wellington is also noted for his broad employment practice.