Chambers Award 2019

Lowndes has been recognised again in the international Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 Guide to Leading Asia-Pacific Law Firms. Chambers identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers rankings are based on in-depth analysis, facilitated by their team of experienced researchers. Chambers has been the leading source of legal market intelligence for over 30 years now.


Lowndes’ corporate and commercial team is recognised amongst New Zealand leading firms ranked with Mark Lowndes being a recognised individual in this practice area.


Lowndes is ranked for its restructuring and insolvency practice as one of only 9 New Zealand firms ranked with Mike Whale regarded senior statesperson in this practice area with Jennifer Tunna as Associate to watch.


Michael McCarthy is ranked as one of the top leading individuals in the shipping practice area.


We would like to thank our clients for the time they give to providing invaluable feedback to the Chambers Asia-Pacific researchers.  Some of this feedback is provided below.


Mark Lowndes is a highly experienced corporate practitioner, advising on a broad array of M&A, private equity and capital raising matters. Interviewees report: “His quality of work is always high and he goes above and beyond. He is available 24/7 for his clients” and is “very down-to-earth.” Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019.

Michael McCarthy of Lowndes is head of the firm’s shipping practice, and is remarked upon by one market source as “a very strong lawyer” and the “busiest and the best of shipping solicitors.” He acted for the owner of the ‘Rena’ and its P&I and hull insurers on an application under the Resource Management Act for consent to leave the remains of the shipwreck on a reef. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019.

Mike Whale is known as an experienced senior practitioner in the insolvency sector. With a career that spans over 30 years, he is a long-standing expert in the New Zealand market, and he is described by a peers as “a doyen of the profession.” Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019.

Jennifer Tunna “cuts straight to the chase with very clear and pragmatic advice,” one client notes. She frequently works with clients in the financial services sector, advising on corporate collapses and distressed debt refinancing. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019.


If you are interested to see what categories we have been listed in over the years please visit our Recognitions and Awards page.


Lowndes is an award winning corporate and commercial law firm with offices in the heart of Auckland and Wellington. The firm serves local and international companies and investors doing business in New Zealand.

We are recognised for our technical expertise and exceptional client service including high levels of responsiveness and reliability, accessibility of our lawyers, and an unwavering focus on what matters – our clients’ commercial outcomes.