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Russell McVeagh
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New Zealand

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Chris is a litigation specialist whose practice involves both commercial and public law litigation. He has a particular interest in class actions, information technology project disputes, complex commercial disputes and judicial review. He has appeared as counsel at every level of the New Zealand court system.

Before joining Russell McVeagh, Chris spent six years at New Zealand’s Crown Law Office, advising and representing public sector clients as Crown Counsel. He acted in a number of high profile appeals involving judicial immunity, freedom of expression, discrimination and other human rights issues.


LLB (Hons), BA, University of Otago.
MPhil (with Distinction), BCL (with Distinction), University of Oxford.

Lawyer Rankings

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.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

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.