AJ Park's awards and recognition

News  \  11 Jul 2023

We pride ourselves as being leaders in intellectual property across New Zealand, Australia, and throughout the world.

Our firm and people are consistently recognised as leaders in their fields, receiving recognition by the following publications and awards.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers 2024

Lawyer of the Year awardees for IP in New Zealand | Tim Jackson

Intellectual Property Law in New Zealand | Amanda Griffiths, Andy Locke, Anton Blijlevens, Chris Ross, Chris Way, Damon Butler, David Simunic, Duncan de Geest, Duncan Schaut, Hadleigh Brown, Helen Bellchambers, Jeremy Sim, Jonathan Aumonier-Ward, Kate Giddens, Kieran O'Connell, Margot Smith, Michael Brown, Natalie Harre, Paul Johns, Penelope Catley, Sarah HarrisonSarah Barclay, Thomas Huthwaite, Tim Jackson, Victoria Watts, and Wes Jones

Telecommunications Law in New Zealand | Chris Way

Biotechnology Law in New Zealand | Duncan de Geest, Fiona Pringle, Helen Bellchambers, James Robinson, Sam Pearson, and Tim Jackson

Litigation in New Zealand | Paul Johns

Information Technology Law in New Zealand | Wes Jones

Technology Law in New Zealand | Wes Jones

Health Care Law in New Zealand | Tim Jackson

Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2023

Intellectual Property in New Zealand | AJ Park - Band 1

Up and coming lawyers | Thomas Huthwaite

IAM Global Leaders 2023

Strategy 300 Global Leaders | Anton Blijlevens

IAM Global Leaders | Anton Blijlevens

IAM Patent 1000 2023

Patent prosecution | AJ Park - Highly-recommended

Litigation | AJ Park – Recommended


Highly Recommended and Recommended individuals | Andy Locke, Anton Blijlevens, Anton Gibson, Chris Way, Dr David Simunic, Dr Duncan de Geest, Hadleigh Brown, Helen Bellchambers, Jeremy Sim, Michael Brown, Paul Johns and Wes Jones

Following the merger with Baldwins in 2020, AJ Park remains to be the largest IP group in New Zealand by an overwhelming margin. Unmatched in size, the IPH-affiliated specialist outfit has also enjoyed a stellar reputation as the prosecution shop par excellence and stands as one of the region’s elite patent practices.

IAM Strategy 300 2022

Recommended individuals | Anton Blijlevens

IP Stars (Managing IP) 2022-2023

Copyright & related rights in New Zealand (2022) | AJ Park – Recommended

Patent disputes in New Zealand (2023) | AJ Park – Tier 1

Patent prosecution in New Zealand (2023) | AJ Park – Tier 1

Trade mark disputes in New Zealand (2023) | AJ Park – Tier 1

Trade mark prosecution in New Zealand (2023) | AJ Park – Tier 1


Notable practitioners (2023) | Anton Gibson, James Robinson, Kate Giddens, Kieran O’Connell, and Tim Jackson

Patent stars (2023) | Anton Blijlevens, Chris Way, Helen Bellchambers, and Wes Jones

Rising stars (2022) | Gillian Nelson, Matthieu Mouscardes, and Thomas Huthwaite

Trade mark stars (2023) | Amanda Griffiths, David Harper, and Penelope Catley

Top 250 Women in IP (2023) | Helen Bellchambers

Lexology Client Choice Award 2023

Best Specialist IP & Related Services Firm (>$20m revenue) | AJ Park – finalist

Best CX Firm: Specialist IP & Related Services | AJ Park – finalist

Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2023

New Zealand Firm of the Year | AJ Park – winner

Trans-Tasman IP Firm of the Year | AJ Park – finalist

New Zealand Practitioner of the Year | Helen Bellchambers – finalist

New Zealand Lawyer 2022

NZ Lawyer Fast Firms report | AJ Park – recognised

NZ Lawyer 5-Star Employers of Choice report | AJ Park – recognised 

NZ Lawyer Top Boutique Firms report | AJ Park – recognised 

The Legal 500 2023

Intellectual Property in New Zealand | AJ Park – Tier 1

Leading individuals | Anton Blijlevens, Penny Catley, and Amanda Griffiths

Next generation partners | Jonathan Aumonier-Ward

Premier’ specialist firm AJ Park houses a ‘deep bench of accomplished practitioners’ and has demonstrable experience across the full gamut of IP matters.

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders 2022

Trade mark leaders in New Zealand | Amanda Griffiths, Margot Smith, and Penelope Catley

Patent leaders in New Zealand | Andy Locke, Anton Blijlevens, Anton Gibson, Duncan de Geest, James Robinson, Jeremy Sim, and Wes Jones

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2023

Enforcement and litigation | AJ Park – Highly recommended

Prosecution and strategy | AJ Park – Gold

Recommended Individuals | Jonathan Aumonier-Ward, Kate Giddens, Paul Johns, Penelope Catley, Sarah Harrison, and Thomas Huthwaite

Reputed for its top-notch IP offering, AJ Park earns numerous plaudits from its patrons: ‘AJ Park’s support is absolutely invaluable.’ Further plaudits include: ‘I have not worked with a firm that is as responsive as AJ Park.’ ‘AJ Park’s advice is extremely practical and concise. There is no unnecessary exposition.’