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NZ Lawyer Report: Hot List 2015

New Zealand is not short on legal talent and compiling this annual list of the nation's top lawyers is never an easy task.

This list showcases the breadth and depth of talent working in the legal profession, and highlights many of the lawyers who are making their mark through innovative work, leadership, community contributions, or playing a key role in some of the country's most significant cases or deals.

Philip Maw has been recognised as a lawyer who is leading the profession.

Philip leads the Environmental Law Team at Wynn Williams. He is an environmental law expert, with particular expertise in freshwater planning. Philip is a skilled advocate who regularly appears in the Environment Court and the appellate courts on a wide range of environmental law cases. Philip is the lead legal adviser to one of New Zealand's largest regional councils, Environment Canterbury. He is adept at managing client relationships and understands the complexities associated with achieving strategic outcomes within the confines of the law. 

Philip led the development of the proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan, and is the lead legal adviser for each of the sub-regional catchment plans being developed throughout the Canterbury region. He also advises other regional councils on their freshwater planning obligations.

He is recognised by 2015 Asia Pacific directories Chambers and Partners as a leader in his field and his team is ranked in The Legal 500.

Hayley Buckley is recognised as a change maker.

Hayley is a partner in the firm's corporate practice. She has been actively involved in all aspects of equity crowdfunding and the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, including significant consultation and lobbying on the detail (legal and financial) of the final framework for equity crowdfunding in New Zealand.

She works with business incubators, start-ups and crowdfunding platforms as well as with significant corporate entities where she advises in the governance and corporate structuring of their companies and any M&A work they require. Recently she spoke alongside Hon. Bruce Billson, MP for Small Business in Australia on crowdfunding in light of the pending legislative change.

She has also spoken at a number of crowdfunding conferences around New Zealand and is recognised as the thought leader on this piece of important legislation.

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