• LLB, BCA Victoria University of Wellington 1991
  • Admitted to the Bar in New Zealand 1992
  • Admitted in England and Wales 1997


Ken Hawkes joined Holland Beckett Law in June 2014 as a special counsel.

He has recently returned to New Zealand after several years practising in the UK and Asia, notably the last 17 years in Singapore. Originally from Tauranga, Ken has returned to the Bay of Plenty with his wife and three children to enjoy the lifestyle and business opportunities unique to this region.

Ken was most recently a partner of White & Case, where he was the head of energy and project finance for South East Asia. While in Asia, Ken advised a range of clients on some of the largest financings and energy projects in the region – regularly representing governments, project developers, lenders and equipment suppliers. Ken is qualified as an English law solicitor as well as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Ken has extensive experience in relation to banking and finance as well as corporate finance and M&A. Ken has a particular specialisation in relation to the energy sector, having advised on power projects in New Zealand and around the world. He is also a leading international energy lawyer, specialising in the oil & gas and infrastructure areas. Ken has also advised on several wind power and geothermal energy projects, where he has extensive experience in relation to power industry markets, construction contracts and long term offtake arrangements.