Russell McVeagh

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Russell McVeagh
Russell McVeagh Logo(150 Years).jpg
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
No. of offices 2
No. of lawyers 250+
No. of employees 400+
Major practice areas Competition, Corporate, Employment, Finance, Litigation, Property, Resource Management, Public Law and Tax
Key people Pip Greenwood (Chairman), Gary McDiarmid (CEO)
Date founded 1863
Founder John Benjamin Russell
Slogan New Zealand's Premier Law Firm

Russell McVeagh is a New Zealand law firm with offices in Auckland and Wellington, and considered one of the "big three" law firms along with Bell Gully and Chapman Tripp.


Russell McVeagh was established as a one-man practice by John Benjamin Russell in 1863. He was joined by various partners until he was succeeded at the firm by his son Edward in 1893.

In 1904, Robert McVeagh joined the partnership and remained involved in the firm until his death in 1944. In 1969 the firm merged with McKenzie & Bartleet to become Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co, the name it held until 2000, when it became known simply as Russell McVeagh.

In 1988, the firm established its Wellington office with four founding partners.[1]

The first job of politician Winston Peters after graduating in 1974 was with Russell McVeagh; he stayed for about three years, but became involved in politics.[2]


  1. ^ Russell McVeagh (2013). "About Us - History". Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Hames, Martin Winston First: The unauthorised account of Winston Peters’ career p7 (1995, Random House Auckland) ISBN 1 86941 257 5

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