Following private practice in the UK, I have over 15 years’ experience as in-house counsel in Australia and New Zealand in both the private and public sectors across a broad range of commercial, regulatory, litigation, and compliance matters. I have led legal and regulatory teams and been a member of the Executive Leadership Team and General Counsel of a global FMCG responsible for regulatory and legal advice across NZ and the South Pacific.
My approach is pragmatic and outcomes-focused rather than unnecessarily legalistic. My broad and generalist legal experience helps me to always keep the client’s operating environment, strategic drivers and risk appetite front and centre when considering the application of the law in a given situation.
I enjoy getting to know new clients and their business/organisation and building relationships with key stakeholders to leverage better outcomes. I am agile, calm, and collaborative and look to retain a sense of humour even through challenging moments.
Prospa Group Limited | Senior Legal Counsel
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency | General Counsel Regulatory
Auckland Council | Senior Solicitor, Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement
BAT NZ and South Pacific | General Counsel and Head of Regulatory
SingTel(Optus) Telecommunications, Australia | Head of Legal, Marketing Division
MBF (now Bupa), Australia | Corporate Counsel
Cutler, Hughes & Harris, Sydney | Senior Associate
McGrigors (now Pinsent Masons), London | Solicitor
RD Black & Co, London | Solicitor
Areas of expertise
- General commercial and contracts – negotiation and drafting
- Regulatory – investigations and compliance (advising both industry and public sector)
- Consumer and competition law
- Privacy and OIA / LGOIMA
- Litigation & disputes – commercial, regulatory and administrative
- General Counsel and Leadership
- Government relations and strategy
What Saul Derber's clients say
Saul is a very experience commercial lawyer with a broad set of skill and was able to deal effectively with everything he was asked to look at. He was also very comfortable engaging with the business directly from the start which allowed the team to get on with other stuff. Saul assisted with both highly strategic legal matters and more routine matters and was always very pleasant and excellent to deal with.
It was a pleasure having Saul with us.
Senior Legal Counsel, Fulton Hogan