AJ Park's awards and recognition

News  \  24 May 2024

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 in industry awards and by our peers. We are delighted to have received the following awards and rankings.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers 2025

Individual awards

Lawyer of the Year awardee for IP | Tim Jackson

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

Health Care Law | Tim Jackson

Intellectual Property Law | Amanda Griffiths, Andy Locke, Anton Blijlevens, Chris Ross, Chris Way, Christine Egan, Damon Butler, David Simunic, Duncan de Geest, Duncan Schaut, Hadleigh Brown, Helen Bellchambers, Jonathan Aumonier-Ward, Kate Giddens, Kieran O'Connell, Michael Brown, Natalie Harre, Penelope Catley, Sarah Barclay, Sarah Harrison, Sean Brogan, Thomas Huthwaite, Tim Jackson, Victoria Watts, and Wes Jones

Information Technology Law | Wes Jones

Technology Law | Wes Jones

Telecommunications Law | Chris Way

National Awards

Top-Listed in New Zealand in Intellectual Property Law with 26 lawyers

Top-Listed in New Zealand in Biotechnology Law with 6 lawyers

Metro Awards

Most Recognised Lawyers in Wellington with 14 lawyers

Top-Listed in Wellington in Intellectual Property Law with 13 lawyers

Top-Listed in Auckland in Intellectual Property Law with 13 lawyers

Top-Listed in Wellington in Biotechnology Law with 4 lawyers

Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2024

Intellectual Property in New Zealand | AJ Park - Band 1

Up and Coming lawyers | Thomas Huthwaite

The Legal 500 2024

Intellectual Property in New Zealand | AJ Park – Tier 1

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

Next generation partners | Jonathan Aumonier-Ward

Recommended lawyers | Duncan De Geest and Michael Brown

Specialist firm AJ Park houses a "deep bench of accomplished practitioners" and "is well positioned to advise clients on the gamut of IP matters". 

IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2024

Anton Blijlevens and Wes Jones

New Zealand Law Awards 2023


Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year | AJ Park

Excellence Awardee for the Employer of Choice (<100 lawyers) award | AJ Park

"A very strong and compelling submission. Very impressive work- especially the number of applications filed. The firm delivers responsive client service and high-quality, actionable advice."

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.

IP STARS (Managing IP) 2024

Copyright & related rights in New Zealand (2023) | 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 (2024) | AJ Park – Tier 1

Trade mark prosecution in New Zealand (2024) | 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

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 2024

Prosecution and strategy | AJ Park – Gold

Enforcement and litigation | AJ Park – Silver

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

"Reputed for its gold-standard IP offering, the venerable AJ Park remains the go-to IP firm on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. An illustrious roster of clientele, including many of the most iconic Trans-Tasman brands and over one-third of global Fortune 500 companies, taps into the vast reservoir of expertise and knowledge offered by its trademark team. Currently home to 105 fee earners, it easily tops the New Zealand IP market in terms of sheer size and quality."