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Michael Wigley
64 (4) 499 1841
64 (27) 445 3452

Michael is the principal of Wigley + Company. He started the firm in 1993 after being a partner at Phillips Fox and has experience at other firms in NZ and the UK.

In 2012, Chambers & Partners the directory of leading lawyers, described Michael as "an IT and telecoms expert with a particular specialism in policy and regulatory advice. Peers describe him as 'a genuine industry expert'." The 2009 edition of Chambers noted he has been described as the "best TMT lobbyist in New Zealand".

Michael specialises in international and New Zealand IT, telecommunications, regulation/competition, public law/policy and procurement. His work extends well beyond pure legal issues to complex strategic policy and advice, often as part of coordinated activities.

Michael's clients include international and domestic Telcos, IT companies and large corporates. He has over 30 years' experience and is admitted as a solicitor both in NZ and in England.

Michael frequently presents at conferences in New Zealand and internationally.

Examples of work:

  • Designed and led approach for a large corporate for a $1.3M saving a terminating contract with a major ICT supplier.
  • Arbitrator in Telco dispute.
  • Legal and strategic advice on the renegotiation and consolidation of various ERP licence/support arrangements for a large corporate.
  • Disputes between incumbent Telco and other Telcos (with wins ranging from $800K to nearly $20M).
  • Panel member appointed by Director-General of Ministry of Health appointed to review governance and conflict of interest issues at Hawke's Bay District Health Board.
  • EU-based market reviews.
  • Represented various industry stakeholders for many years on most Commerce Commission telco regulatory activities.

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