Max Hardy

Senior Associate 

Max is a sought-after expert in public law and policy. He advises private and public sector clients on complex legal, regulatory and policy matters.

These include core government departments, local government, Crown entities, Iwi, NGOs and major corporates on a broad range of public law issues, major law reform and regulatory design projects, compliance, probity investigations, and public sector procurement and engagement. He acts for clients in public law litigation (such as judicial review) and prosecutes crime for the Crown.

Max’s insight into government and regulatory decision-making, as well as the broader political landscape, enables him to bring a creative and strategic approach to matters. He focuses on providing practical advice to deliver achievable solutions. 

  • Vector Limited v Utilities Disputes Commissioner, a major judicial review case concerning Vector Limited’s liability to business consumers for power outages, as junior counsel to Jim Farmer QC and Brian Dickey.
  • Advice to 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.
  • Advice to major multinational companies on regulatory compliance and the regulatory environment in New Zealand.
  • Advice to core government departments on legislative reform projects.
  • Preparation of submissions on law reform and draft legislation for Members of Parliament.
  • Acts as sole counsel in judicial review cases in the High Court, including for the Minister of Immigration.
  • Advice on the process for making decisions on first Auckland Unitary Plan and other public decisions.
  • Advice on government tendering decisions and public procurement processes.

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