Mr Mellsop practises in New Zealand and Australia, and leads NERA's New Zealand offices. He specialises in the application of economic analysis to legal issues, particularly in the areas of competition, regulation, contractual disputes, damages, fair trading, tax, and resource management.
Mr Mellsop's experience includes analysing the economic implications of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other contracts, and market behaviour and regulatory interventions in a variety of sectors and industries, including telecommunications, electricity, gas, water, mining, post, health, retailing, supermarkets, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, software, building products, banking and finance, ports, airports, and waste.
He has also analysed and quantified the economic and environmental effects of resource management decisions, as well as damages resulting from breach of contract, collusion and misrepresentation.
Mr Mellsop has provided expert evidence before the New Zealand High Court, the New Zealand Environment Court, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, arbitrators, and Resource Management Act Commissioners. He has worked on projects in New Zealand, Australia, and Asia, and has been engaged by both the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and the New Zealand Commerce Commission.
Prior to joining NERA in 2008, Mr Mellsop directed the New Zealand competition practice of another international economics consultancy. In addition, he worked for the New Zealand Treasury on microeconomic policy issues, particularly competition, regulatory, and telecommunications policy. From 1992 to 1996, Mr Mellsop worked as a lawyer for Bell Gully, with a focus on competition, corporate, and oil and gas law.
WWL says: “James Mellsop is a powerful and effective expert witness that understood and worked extremely well with the legal team.”
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