Max Hardy

Senior Associate 

Max specialises in public and regulatory law.  He acts for government and private-sector clients on a range of complex regulatory issues, including contentious matters. 

His experience includes advising local government, Crown Entities and energy sector companies on public decision-making, regulatory compliance, human rights and probity.  He also appears for clients in public law litigation (such as judicial review) and prosecutes crime for the Crown.

He takes a strategic approach to public law, focused on providing practical assistance to clients.

Before joining Meredith Connell, Max worked at a public law firm advising private-sector clients and individuals, and a corporate law firm in Hong Kong.

Acting as junior counsel to Jim Farmer QC and Brian Dickey in Vector Limited v Utilities Disputes Commissioner, a major judicial review case  concerning Vector Limited’s liability to business consumers for power outages.

Advising Auckland Council on aspects of the City Rail Link project, the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in New Zealand, including the establishment of City Rail Link Limited.

Appearing as sole counsel in judicial review cases in the High Court, including for the Minister of Immigration.

Advising on the process for making decisions on first Auckland Unitary Plan and other public decisions.

Advising on government tendering decisions and public procurement processes.

Advising major multinational companies on regulatory compliance and the regulatory environment in New Zealand.

LLB (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington

Other credentials:

  • Member, Medico-Legal Society
  • While at university, Max served as student president at Victoria University and then as president of the national students' association, NZUSA
  • Board and committee memberships included the University Council (where he served on the Finance and Governance Committees), Student Job Search (where he served as chairperson), the Committee on University Academic Programmes and the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit board