DLA Piper New Zealand is one of New Zealand’s leading legal advisers in local and central government. The firm advises entities in these sectors on legislation, regulation and constitutional law. It is highly experienced in public law, public processes and administration.

In local government, DLA Piper New Zealand acts for some of New Zealand’s largest and most significant organisations, including six local authorities in the greater Wellington area alone. Many are long-standing clients.

For local authorities, DLA Piper New Zealand provides advice on legislation, regulation, policy, compliance, enforcement, governance, planning, procurement, negotiation and contracting, Official Information and property. The firm is highly experienced in litigation on behalf of councils, including on RMA issues. 

The firm has wide experience in enforcement, and has advised on leaky building matters, dog control, parking, environmental health and bylaws. DLA Piper New Zealand is instrumental for local government in advising on elected member issues such as conflicts, conduct, elections and meeting conduct.

DLA Piper New Zealand has acted in the establishment and operations of CCOs, as well as for trusts and assets of councils, including in infrastructure.

In government, DLA Piper New Zealand was reappointed to the All of Government panel of legal service providers in 2013. The firm has been active in procurement, tendering, contracting, technology, official information and privacy, judicial reviews, resource management, risk management, statutory interpretation and compliance, employment law and governance.

DLA Piper New Zealand has extensive experience acting for Crown financial institutions in the prudential governance of Crown financial assets. It has depth of expertise in state sector superannuation and KiwiSaver funds including acting for the Government Superannuation Fund Authority, Board of Trustees of National Provident Fund, and many others.

For public entities, the firm is also proficient in legal advice on the Auditor General, Ombudsman, and in assisting with Judicial Reviews.

DLA Piper team members bring expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds, including from senior level and leadership positions within regulators, as well as benefiting from secondments to regulators. As a result, we have excellent working relationships that we can deploy on behalf of our clients.

For clients interacting with the public sector, DLA Piper provides advice on legislation, select committees, commissions of inquiry, judicial reviews, planning consent appearances. The firm also represents clients before government and local government to lobby for change.