Paul Comrie-Thomson

Senior Associate

Paul has experience in commercial, local government and other public law litigation, acting for a range of government and private sector clients.  He has a particular focus on competition, and environmental and resource management law.

Paul also has an interest in international law and cross-border issues.  He has co-authored two chapters in Public International Law: A New Zealand Perspective (LexisNexis, 2020) and has been published in the Journal of International Arbitration.  Before joining Meredith Connell, Paul worked at the New Zealand Law Commission where he was principally involved in the review of New Zealand’s extradition and mutual legal assistance legislation.

  • Junior counsel for the Commerce Commission in the High Court and Court of Appeal on the NZME and Fairfax merger appeals following the Commission’s decision declining authorisation (NZME Ltd v Commerce Commission).
  • Acted for the Commerce Commission in various proceedings under the Commerce Act 1986.
  • Acted for various local authorities in resource management prosecutions and judicial reviews, including in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Junior counsel for Greymouth Petroleum in judicial review proceedings before the High Court (Greymouth Petroleum Mining Co Ltd v Minister of Energy & Resources).
  • Experience in a number of commercial arbitrations.

LLB(Hons)/BA, Victoria University of Wellington