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Chris Browne appointed as special counsel in our Wellington office

June 27, 2018


Partners Anne Callinan
Special Counsel Chris Browne

Simpson Grierson news and events

We are pleased to announce that Chris Browne has been appointed as special counsel in our Wellington commercial team – commencing this week.

Browne joins our firm from Transpower where he was part of the in-house legal team for 14 years, most recently in the role of deputy general counsel.

Simpson Grierson Chair, Anne Callinan, says the firm is delighted to welcome Browne into its Wellington office, noting that he adds a depth of electricity regulatory experience to an already accomplished energy sector team. 

“Chris is highly regarded in the electricity industry and the wider energy sector, and is one of a small number of legal practitioners with a thorough understanding of the New Zealand electricity regulatory regime,” says Callinan.

“In addition to bolstering what was already a strength for our firm, he brings significant commercial, projects and IT experience.”

Browne’s expertise extends to end-to-end legal process management for major infrastructure projects. He also has a thorough understanding of the Commerce Commission’s economic regulation of electricity lines businesses, the Electricity Industry Participation Code and the transmission pricing methodology.

Prior to joining Transpower Browne held commercial law roles in the UK and NZ. He holds a BA/LLB (econ) from Victoria University of Wellington.