On the move

New appointments, promotions, and retirements, law firm news and other developments in the legal profession. Lawyers are invited to email editor@lawsociety.org.nz with contributions. There is no charge for short items (3 to 4 sentences).

23 May 2019
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Shaun Cousins joins Rainey Collins

Shaun Cousins has joined the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team at Rainey Collins as an associate specialising in family law. Shaun Cousins. His particular areas of expertise are contracting out, care of children and relationship property agreements. Shaun graduated from the University of Waikato in 2011 and has practised over ... More about Shaun Cousins joins Rainey Collins.

22 May 2019
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Anderson Lloyd announces two appointments

Anderson Lloyd has announced two appointments in its corporate and commercial team. Derek Roth-Biester. Derek Roth-Biester has been appointed a corporate and commercial partner.Derek has significant experience advising on domestic and international corporate transactions, with particular expertise in private equity and venture capital. He also has extensive international experience in ... More about Anderson Lloyd announces two appointments.

22 May 2019
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Appointments at Carson Fox Legal

Auckland commercial, business and property law practice Carson Fox Legal has announced two appointments. Peter Liao. Peter Liao has been appointed senior associate. Peter was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 2003 and to the New York Bar in 2010.He specialises in commercial and commercial property ... More about Appointments at Carson Fox Legal.

22 May 2019
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Greenwood Roche announces promotions

Greenwood Roche has announced a number of appointments and promotions. Hadleigh Yonge. Hadleigh Yonge has joined the partnership from 1 April. Hadleigh is an experienced commercial property lawyer who specialises in infrastructure development. He acts for a number of government, local authority and large commercial sector clients, particularly in respect ... More about Greenwood Roche announces promotions.

16 May 2019
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New LINZ Chief Executive appointed

Gaye Searancke has been appointed Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand.She is currently Deputy Commissioner, Customer and Compliance Services – Business, at Inland Revenue, where she leads 1100 people. She has held this position since August 2017. Her key focuses in the role have been on improving customer experience, ... More about New LINZ Chief Executive appointed.

10 May 2019
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Tom Pasley becomes Lindsay LA director

Specialist litigation and arbitration law firm Lindsay LA has appointed Tom Pasley as a director from 1 April 2019. Tom Pasley. Tom is an experienced commercial litigator and has particular expertise in complex contractual disputes, company and securities law, banking and financing disputes, competition law, regulatory investigations, professional negligence, and ... More about Tom Pasley becomes Lindsay LA director.

9 May 2019
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Two new team members at Juno Legal

Juno Legal has appointed two new team members. Jeremy Ford. Jeremy Ford has joined the firm in Wellington from the Earthquake Commission where he spent seven years as general counsel and chief legal adviser.Before EQC he spent six years with Wynn Williams and Trowers Hamlins in London.Jeremy has extensive experience ... More about Two new team members at Juno Legal.

2 May 2019
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lexvoco joins LOD

Australian and New Zealand "new law" firm lexvoco has joined LOD (Lawyers on Demand) from 1 May 2019.The firm will now be known as LOD, but says it will be business as usual.LOD has 10 offices globally, 650 lawyers and consultants and over 500 corporate and law firm clients. ... More about lexvoco joins LOD.

2 May 2019
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Darren Foster elected President of Law Society Hawke's Bay branch

Hastings barrister Darren Foster has been elected President of the Hawke's Bay branch of the New Zealand Law Society.Mr Foster specialises in criminal law, mental health cases and assistance with limited licence applications.The following branch Council was elected at the branch AGM on 1 May 2019:President: Darren Foster.Vice-President: Nigel Loughnan.Council: ... More about Darren Foster elected President of Law Society Hawke's Bay branch.

15 April 2019
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Rob Goldsbury elected president of Law Society's Whanganui branch

In-house lawyer Rob Goldsbury was elected president of the Law Society’s Whanganui branch at the AGM on 8 March. Mr Goldsbury was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in February 1980. He is legal counsel for the Whanganui District Council.The following branch Council was elected:President: Rob Goldsbury.Vice-President: Chris Wilkinson-Smith.Council: Samantha ... More about Rob Goldsbury elected president of Law Society's Whanganui branch.

12 April 2019
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Nine promotions at Cooney Lees Morgan

Tauranga firm Cooney Lees Morgan has made several promotions Alesha Evetts has become a senior associate. Alesha specialises in all aspects of family law. Much of Alesha’s work involves property divisions involving trusts, partnerships and companies, along with clients wanting to protect their personal assets when entering their second relationship.Alyson ... More about Nine promotions at Cooney Lees Morgan.

11 April 2019
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Sarah-Lee Stead becomes Kensington Swan Special Counsel

Kensington Swan has promoted Sarah-Lee Stead to special counsel. Sarah-Lee Stead. Sarah-Lee is an experienced advocate and litigator who advises on a wide range of health and safety issues.She provides advice on compliance and workplace management issues and supports clients through incident investigations and prosecutions.In her new role, Sarah-Lee will ... More about Sarah-Lee Stead becomes Kensington Swan Special Counsel.

9 April 2019
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New staff join Grantham Law

Fraser King has joined the Hamilton office of Grantham Law as a director, along with Megan Thomson (associate) and Rhiannon Scott (staff solicitor) from TK Legal.Fraser specialises in estate and civil litigation and joins directors Scott McKenna, Dineen Grantham and Michael Grantham.Grantham Law operates in Taupo, Turangi and Hamilton. ... More about New staff join Grantham Law.

8 April 2019
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Promotions at WRMK Lawyers

WRMK Lawyers has announced two promotions, effective from 1 April 2019.Simon Davies-Colley has been promoted to senior associate.Simon joined the firm’s commercial team in 2017 and is a specialist in construction and employment law. He worked in Auckland for national and international firms, before returning to Northland where he grew ... More about Promotions at WRMK Lawyers.

4 April 2019
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Duncan Cotterill promotes five

Penny Birch has been promoted to associate in the Auckland Commercial team. Penny advise clients on all aspects of commercial contracts, consumer protection and advertising law, business acquisitions, corporate structuring, franchising and licensing arrangements. She has worked with New Zealand, Australian and multinational clients in the technology, manufacturing, professional services, ... More about Duncan Cotterill promotes five.

3 April 2019
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Two partners appointed by Pitt & Moore

Pitt & Moore has appointed two new partners from 1 April. Clare North. Clare North obtained an LLB(Hons) from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and was admitted in New Zealand in June 2011.She specialises in property and commercial law including property development, commercial leasing, commercial contracts, financing, residential, rural ... More about Two partners appointed by Pitt & Moore.

2 April 2019
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Mark Todd new FMA chairman

Former Bell Gully partner Mark Todd will take over as Chairman of the Financial Markets Authority at the end of April 2019.He takes over from Murray Jack, who was appointed chair in 2014.Mr Todd, who holds an LLB(Hons), has been a member of the FMA Board since 2015 and has ... More about Mark Todd new FMA chairman.

28 March 2019
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Davenports Harbour appoints Bronwen Newcombe director

Davenports Harbour has appointed Bronwen Newcombe as a director. Bronwen Newcombe. Bronwen joined the firm in 2010 and leads the employment and HR advisory practice.She provides advice on all aspects of employment law and HR advisory services, including leadership development, contentious and non-contentious employment matters, strategic restructuring, personal grievances, negotiated ... More about Davenports Harbour appoints Bronwen Newcombe director.

28 March 2019
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Sarah Blackmore joins Russell McVeagh as special counsel

Commercial property lawyer Sarah Blackmore has joined Russell McVeagh as a special counsel in the property and construction team. Sarah Blackmore. Before joining the firm Sarah acted on several large scale commercial acquisition and disposal transactions of freehold, leasehold and unit title estates.She has extensive commercial property expertise and specialist ... More about Sarah Blackmore joins Russell McVeagh as special counsel.

28 March 2019
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Changes at Treadwell Gordon

Treadwell Gordon has announced a number of staff changes.Kirsten Harper has returned to the firm as a principal having worked there in 2005-2008. She has been working in Feilding since 2010 and continues to live there. Kirsten’s specialties are rural, commercial, property and construction law, leasing and asset protection. Kirsten ... More about Changes at Treadwell Gordon.

26 March 2019
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Sangro Chambers established in Auckland

Five senior practitioners have established Sangro Chambers at 23 Customs Street in Auckland. Tracey Walker. Tracey Walker was a litigation partner and litigation consultant with Simpson Grierson for more than 20 years.Tracey has diverse litigation experience in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and arbitrations ranging from contract ... More about Sangro Chambers established in Auckland.

26 March 2019
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DLA Piper appoints two Special Counsel

DLA Piper New Zealand has announced the appointment of two special counsel.Melissa Johnston is based in Auckland. Admitted in December 2002, she specialises in employment and acts for both employers and employees on a range of matters, including redundancies, restructuring, health and safety, personal grievances and employment documentation.Melissa also has ... More about DLA Piper appoints two Special Counsel.

15 March 2019
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Bell Gully welcomes two lawyers

Bell Gully has welcomed two new lawyers.Melissa Ahlefeldt has been appointed senior associate. Melissa specialises in commercial contracting and legal advice across both public and private sectors. She was admitted in 2011 in Australia graduating LLB(Hons) from the Australian National University. Melissa was most recently a senior associate at Ashurst.Courtenay ... More about Bell Gully welcomes two lawyers.

14 March 2019
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Norris Ward McKinnon awards 2019 University of Waikato scholarships

Hamilton law firm Norris Ward McKinnon has awarded its 2019 University of Waikato scholarships to Thilini Karunaratne and Phoebe Parson.The scholarships are worth up to $11,000 each and are for students doing postgraduate study in any area of law.Masters student Thilini Karunaratne's research focuses on issues surrounding privacy, particularly in ... More about Norris Ward McKinnon awards 2019 University of Waikato scholarships.

11 March 2019
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Katie Green joins Flacks & Wong

Katie Green has joined Flacks & Wong as a senior associate.Katie is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, having advised on a range of M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions as well as corporate governance matters.Before joining Flacks & Wong she was a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills ... More about Katie Green joins Flacks & Wong.

11 March 2019
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Debra Angus joins Lambton Chambers

Debra Angus has joined Wellington’s Lambton Chambers as a barrister sole. Debra Angus. Debra has a wide range of experience in public, parliamentary and constitutional law, as well as maritime, regulatory, health and safety and public finance issues.She was the Deputy Clerk of the House until 2015, a Legislative Counsel ... More about Debra Angus joins Lambton Chambers.

11 March 2019
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Kate Bradley returns to Buddle Findlay

Kate Bradley has re-joined Buddle Findlay's Christchurch office as a senior solicitor in the corporate and commercial team. Kate Bradley. Kate advises on a range of property, corporate and commercial matters with a particular focus on development and construction.Kate returns after three years working in the real estate department of ... More about Kate Bradley returns to Buddle Findlay.

11 March 2019
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Graeme Colgan elected UNAT Judge

Former Chief Employment Judge Graeme Colgan has been elected by the United Nations General Assembly to be one of three new judges on the seven-member UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) for a 7-year term from 1 July 2019. Graeme Colgan. The UNAT is the final appellate court in employment-related disputes involving ... More about Graeme Colgan elected UNAT Judge.

5 March 2019
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Two promoted by Saunders Robinson Brown

Christchurch law firm Saunders Robinson Brown has announced two promotions, effective from 1 March. Michael Vanner. Michael Vanner has been appointed an associate.Admitted in 2013, Michael is a member of Saunders Robinson Brown’s Commercial Team, having previously worked in the Property Team.Michael specialises in commercial property transactions and development, subdivisions, ... More about Two promoted by Saunders Robinson Brown.

1 March 2019
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Chapman Tripp promotes solicitors

Chapman Tripp has promoted 10 new senior solicitors, effective from 1 March.Robbie Bennett is in the Auckland Property & Real Estate team. Robbie specialises in all aspects of commercial property law, including development, acquisitions, disposals, leasing and subdivisions.Alasdair Long is in the Auckland Property & Real Estate team. Alasdair specialises ... More about Chapman Tripp promotes solicitors.

1 March 2019
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Richard Broad appointed to Asiaciti Trust Group management team

Asiaciti Trust Group has appointed Richard Broad as managing director for its New Zealand office.Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in February 1982 after graduating from Victoria University of Wellington, Richard has worked at law firms in London and Wellington, specialising in trusts, estates, property, commercial law, companies and finance.Before ... More about Richard Broad appointed to Asiaciti Trust Group management team.

27 February 2019
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Hannah Stuart joins Quay Chambers

Hannah Stuart has joined Auckland’s Quay Chambers as a barrister sole. Hannah Stuart. Hannah has experience working for a range of clients on a variety of different criminal matters. She has also assisted many professional clients in addressing patient/client complaints, enquiries from regulatory authorities, and disciplinary investigations and proceedings.Hannah appears ... More about Hannah Stuart joins Quay Chambers.

27 February 2019
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Joanna Trezise joins Glenie Legal

Joanna Trezise has joined specialist litigation firm Glenie Legal as a senior solicitor. Joanna Trezise. Joanna previously worked as a commercial litigator at Bell Gully, then as a regulatory litigator and prosecutor at Meredith Connell where she specialised in competition and consumer law.Before qualifying as a lawyer, she gained an ... More about Joanna Trezise joins Glenie Legal.

27 February 2019
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Two senior promotions at Morris Legal

Auckland boutique litigation firm Morris Legal has announced two promotions, both from 1 December 2018. Georgia Angus. Georgia Angus was promoted to the role of senior associate.Georgia began working at Morris Legal in November 2016. Her clients include charities, professional trustees and high net worth individuals.Georgia is an experienced litigator ... More about Two senior promotions at Morris Legal.

21 February 2019
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Simpson Grierson appoints Special Counsel

Simpson Grierson has appointed Sarah Chapman as a special counsel in its intellectual property group. Sarah Chapman. Sarah will co-lead the group. She has over 20 years' experience in intellectual property law. She specialises in advising local and international clients on trade mark law, including portfolio management, registrability, infringement and ... More about Simpson Grierson appoints Special Counsel.

20 February 2019
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Barrister appointed to Commission for Financial Capability Adjudication Panel

Auckland barrister Anita Killeen has been appointed as an Adjudication Panel Member for the Commission for Financial Capability.Ms Killeen was admitted in January 1999 and practises from Auckland's Quay Chambers, specialising in financial crime and fraud, civil and criminal litigation, and governance and decision-making. ... More about Barrister appointed to Commission for Financial Capability Adjudication Panel.

19 February 2019
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Buddle Findlay appoints senior associate

Ana Coculescu has joined Buddle Findlay's Wellington office as a senior associate in the environment and resource management team. Ana Coculescu. Ana advises both private sector clients and government clients on resource management law, contaminated land, local government law, environmental due diligence, waste and acquisition of land for public works.Before ... More about Buddle Findlay appoints senior associate.

19 February 2019
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Staff changes at Brookfields Lawyers

Auckland firm Brookfields Lawyers has announced three promotions and two additions to its staff. Lisa Wansbrough. Lisa Wansbrough has been promoted to senior associate.Admitted in November 2007, Lisa is an experienced litigator and acts on environmental, civil and criminal litigation. Her litigation practice has included litigation for councils and assisting ... More about Staff changes at Brookfields Lawyers.

14 February 2019
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Amy Kingston-Turner joins Juno Legal

Amy Kingston-Turner has joined the Juno Legal team. Amy Kingston-Turner. She is an IP, commercial and corporate in-house lawyer with international expertise in brand protection and marketing at Shell International in London.Amy commenced her legal career as a barrister and then became a solicitor with Baldwins Intellectual Property.She is now ... More about Amy Kingston-Turner joins Juno Legal.

14 February 2019
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Lane Neave announces promotions

Lane Neave has announced a number of promotions, which were made from 1 January.Anna Walker has been appointed special counsel in the Queenstown Property team. Anna was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in September 2009 after graduating LLB(Hons) from the University of Canterbury. She specialises in commercial property law.Hetish ... More about Lane Neave announces promotions.

13 February 2019
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Lauren Lindsay rejoins Bankside Chambers

Lauren Lindsay has rejoined Auckland’s Bankside Chambers as a generalist commercial litigator and international arbitration practitioner. Lauren Lindsay. Lauren was previously a senior associate in Allen & Overy LLP’s international arbitration team in London, acting on large-scale commercial and investment-treaty arbitrations.In addition to her general commercial practice, Lauren has particular ... More about Lauren Lindsay rejoins Bankside Chambers.

13 February 2019
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Robert Kirkness joins Thorndon Chambers

Robert Kirkness has joined Wellington’s Thorndon Chambers as a barrister, focusing on commercial, public and international law disputes. Robert Kirkness. He recently returned to New Zealand after several years practising in the international arbitration and public international law teams at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris and Singapore.Robert has appeared as ... More about Robert Kirkness joins Thorndon Chambers.

13 February 2019
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Changes at Copeland Ashcroft Law

National health and safety and employment firm Copeland Ashcroft has announced two staff changes.Adam de Hamel has been appointed as a senior associate with Copeland Ashcroft Law’s Dunedin office. Adam de Hamel. Adam has returned to New Zealand after having worked in Melbourne with Willis Towers Watson.He has experience in ... More about Changes at Copeland Ashcroft Law.

7 February 2019
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Lane Neave appoints partner

Lane Neave has promoted Joelle Grace to partner in its national corporate practice. Joelle Grace. Joelle has developed particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business advisory, corporate governance and commercial contracting, and operates in a range of industries.After completing BA and LLB(Hons) degrees at the University of Otago, Joelle was ... More about Lane Neave appoints partner.

7 February 2019
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Two new partners at Fee Langstone

Fee Langstone has announced the appointment of two partners, from 1 February.Virginia Wethey was admitted in 1999 and joined Fee Langstone’s predecessor firm, Jones Fee, as a graduate. She moved to London in 2001 and worked for two highly regarded insurance practices.After returning to New Zealand Virginia rejoined the firm ... More about Two new partners at Fee Langstone.

24 January 2019
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Solicitors join EIS Legal

EIS Legal, the in-house team within the Ministry of Education’s Education Infrastructure Service, has welcomed two new lawyers. Both are based in Wellington.Hugo Chisholm was admitted in October 2009 and has joined the team as a senior construction solicitor.Tracy Finlayson was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in March 2015 ... More about Solicitors join EIS Legal.

24 January 2019
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Promotions at Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson has promoted four lawyers to senior associate.Anastasiya Gutorova is a member of the firm’s Auckland corporate team. Anastasiya Gutorova. She was admitted in May 2012 and has BA, LLB and LLM degrees.A specialist corporate and commercial lawyer, Anastasiya has extensive experience in M&A, equity capital markets and corporate ... More about Promotions at Simpson Grierson.

22 January 2019
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Takeovers Panel appointments

Bell Gully partner and Chair Anna Buchly has been appointed to the Takeovers Panel. Admitted in 1998, Ms Buchly specialises in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and joint ventures.Corporate consultant Martin Stearne has been appointed to the Panel. He is a member of the NZX listing sub-committee and ... More about Takeovers Panel appointments.

15 January 2019
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New Chief Legal Officer for Kiwibank

Mike Hendriksen has joined Kiwibank as its Chief Legal Officer.Admitted in October 1995 after graduating LLB from the University of Auckland, Mr Hendriksen leaves Westpac New Zealand Ltd to take up his role.He has specialised in financial services and was closely involved in the response to the findings of the ... More about New Chief Legal Officer for Kiwibank.

11 January 2019
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Lawyer to head Gambling Commission

Wellington lawyer Graeme Reeves has been re-appointed Chief Gambling Commissioner of the Gambling Commission.Mr Reeve's appointment is for a one-year term from 21 December 2018 to 20 December 2019.Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1980, Mr Reeves was an MP from 1990 to 1993, a Gambling Commissioner from 2004 ... More about Lawyer to head Gambling Commission.

8 January 2019
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Buddle Findlay appoints two partners

Buddle Findlay has appointed two partners in its Auckland office, effective from 1 January. Sarah McEwan. Sarah McEwan is a member of the corporate and commercial team and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities transactions.Sarah was admitted in June 2001. Before joining the firm in 2017, she ... More about Buddle Findlay appoints two partners.

21 December 2018
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Simon Waalkens joins Rice Speir

Simon Waalkens has joined Rice Speir as a senior associate. Simon Waalkens. He is a civil litigation and regulatory/compliance lawyer with extensive insurance, healthcare and criminal law experience.Simon has acted for private and public sector clients in a wide range of dispute resolution and Court/Tribunal related processes.He recently spent a ... More about Simon Waalkens joins Rice Speir.

20 December 2018
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Russell McVeagh appoints senior associates

Russell McVeagh has promoted two lawyers to senior associate.Hamish Beckett is a member of the Auckland corporate advisory team.He joined the firm in 2013 and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, overseas investment, joint venture arrangements and a broad range of commercial contracts and general corporate matters.Rachel O’Brien ... More about Russell McVeagh appoints senior associates.

13 December 2018
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Commerce Commission appointments

Two appointments have been made to the Commerce Commission.John Small has been appointed an associate member of the Commerce Commission. He is the Founding Director of economic consultancy Covec, and the former head of the University of Auckland's Economic Department.Dr Small was previously a lay member of the High Court ... More about Commerce Commission appointments.

12 December 2018
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Teressa Cho joins ARL Lawyers

Teressa Cho has joined Lower Hutt firm ARL Lawyers as a solicitor, specialising in Family Law. Teressa Cho. Teressa graduated with BSc and LLB degrees from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2015.She worked at the Ministry of Justice before entering ... More about Teressa Cho joins ARL Lawyers.

10 December 2018
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Duncan Cotterill appoints new CEO

Duncan Cotterill has announced the appointment of Pete Boyle as Chief Executive Officer, from February 2019.Having previously worked with PwC in London, Mr Boyle became a partner at accounting firm Deloitte based in Wellington upon returning to New Zealand. He also established and led consulting firm Acuity Partners.In 2010, he ... More about Duncan Cotterill appoints new CEO.

6 December 2018
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Russell McVeagh appoints four special counsel

Russell McVeagh has appointed four special counsel, effective from 1 December. Lance Jones. Lance Jones is a member of the Auckland corporate advisory team.He has extensive corporate law experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, inbound overseas investment and complex commercial contracts. Before joining ... More about Russell McVeagh appoints four special counsel.

6 December 2018
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Maia Wikaira joins Whāia Legal

Maia Wikaira has joined Horiana-Irwin Easthope as a Director of Lower Hutt firm Whāia Legal. Maia Wikaira. They will continue their working relationship, which has spanned their legal careers, and has its roots in life-long whānau connections.Maia recently returned to Aotearoa after completing her LLM at Stanford Law School and ... More about Maia Wikaira joins Whāia Legal.

5 December 2018
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Clive Gardner retires

Mount Maunganui lawyer Clive Gardner retired from legal practice and as a director of CG Law Ltd on 30 November. The practice continues with Grant Aislabie as director.Clive was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 1976 after graduating LLB from Otago University.He specialised in all aspects of property ... More about Clive Gardner retires.

3 December 2018
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Simpson Grierson appoints Business Transformation & Innovation Director

Simpson Grierson has promoted Caroline Ferguson to Business Transformation and Innovation Director, from 1 December. Caroline Ferguson. She has been leading Simpson Grierson’s business transformation and innovation activities for the last three years as Business Transformation Manager.Previously a finance lawyer, Caroline transitioned into innovation and technology roles while at global ... More about Simpson Grierson appoints Business Transformation & Innovation Director.

3 December 2018
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Rusell McVeagh appoints four partners

Russell McVeagh has appointed four new partners, effective from 1 December. A further partner promotion is expected within the next month, subject to completion of New Zealand Law Society requirements.Liz Blythe is a member of the Auckland technology team. Liz Blythe. She was admitted in September 2009 and returned to ... More about Rusell McVeagh appoints four partners.

27 November 2018
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Three new Waitangi Tribunal members

Three new members of the Waitangi Tribunal have been appointed, with another five existing members re-appointed.The new members are:Ruakere Hond (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa) is a longstanding Māori Language advocate and a stalwart of the Parihaka community. He has held several leadership roles in Māori Language organisations including Te Reo o ... More about Three new Waitangi Tribunal members.

21 November 2018
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Lisa Meyer joins Baker Meech

Lisa Meyer has joined Auckland firm Baker Meech as a Principal. Lisa Meyer. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in September 2004, she has 14 years of local and international experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a banking and finance lawyer, with expertise in transactional and regulatory ... More about Lisa Meyer joins Baker Meech.

16 November 2018
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NZ Law Awards 2018 winners

The 14th annual New Zealand Law Awards were held in Auckland on 15 November 2018. The awards are presented and managed by Australian-owned niche publishing company Key Media.The criteria for judging is work completed and services provided between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. After nominations are made, a ... More about NZ Law Awards 2018 winners.

15 November 2018
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IFLR 1000 rankings released

The International Financial Law Review has released its 2019 rankings. The IFLR 1000 rankings have been published since 1990 and cover over 120 jurisdictions. Research ranks law firms based on three key criteria: transactional evidence from the previous 12 months, provided by firms, peer feedback from a survey of law ... More about IFLR 1000 rankings released.

9 November 2018
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McMillan&Co. launched in Dunedin

The Dunedin law firm Polson McMillan has been renamed McMillan&Co. The name change follows the retirement of David Polson in 2017 and reflects the current ownership of the firm. McMillan&Co. specialises in private client work. Sally McMillan. Sally McMillan has practised in Otago for most of the last 30 years, ... More about McMillan&Co. launched in Dunedin.

7 November 2018
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Lawyers reappointed to Mental Health Review Tribunal

The Minister of Health has reappointed five lawyers to the Mental Health Review Tribunal. They are James Wilding (Christchurch, Convenor), Michelle Duggan (Nelson), Nigel Dunlop (Nelson), Robb Newberry (Wellington), Robyn von Keisenberg (Auckland).The tribunal undertakes a range of statutory functions, primarily reviewing the condition of psychiatric patients, including special and ... More about Lawyers reappointed to Mental Health Review Tribunal.

7 November 2018
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Awards for Conveyancing Shop Lawyers

The Conveyancing Shop Lawyers has won two awards at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards for the South and East region: Excellence in Community Contribution and Excellence in Strategy and Planning.The firm also won the Excellence in Strategy and Planning Award in 2014. It recognises a business that has developed a ... More about Awards for Conveyancing Shop Lawyers.

7 November 2018
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Gary Hughes appointed TRACE NZ partner

Auckland Barrister Gary Hughes has been appointed by TRACE International Inc as its New Zealand local partner lawyer. Gary Hughes. TRACE is a US-based, globally renowned, standard setting and training organisation in the field of anti-bribery and corruption, working with pro bono experts in 150 countries to help multinational firms ... More about Gary Hughes appointed TRACE NZ partner.

6 November 2018
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Two new Special Counsel at DLA Piper

DLA Piper has appointed two Special Counsel. David Johnston. David Johnston joins the Tax team. He is an international tax practitioner with almost a decade of experience in London.Returning to New Zealand, he spent nearly three years as Fonterra’s Regional Tax & Customs Manager for Asia, Middle East & Africa. ... More about Two new Special Counsel at DLA Piper.

1 November 2018
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Australian honour for Stewart Germann

New Zealand franchise lawyer Stewart Germann has been honoured in Melbourne, Australia at this year’s Franchise Council of Australia Legal Symposium for his ‘outstanding contribution to franchising’. Stewart Germann. He was presented with an award in recognition of his longstanding legal services to franchising for over 30 years.Mr Germann has ... More about Australian honour for Stewart Germann.

31 October 2018
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Anna Parker rejoins Buddle Findlay

Anna Parker has rejoined Buddle Findlay as a senior associate in the public law team.Anna Parker. Anna advises on competition, consumer, and regulatory matters, including merger clearances, cartel investigations, economic regulation of infrastructure, regulatory processes, and fair trading. Before her return to the firm, Anna worked in the competition and ... More about Anna Parker rejoins Buddle Findlay.

25 October 2018
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Parker & Associates announces appointments

Wellington litigation firm Parker & Associates has appointed a new partner and promoted two associates. James Wollerman. James Wollerman was appointed partner in September 2018.James specialises in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution with a focus on construction, insurance and property related disputes.He has extensive experience representing clients in property ... More about Parker & Associates announces appointments.

25 October 2018
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Buddle Findlay appoints senior solicitor

Annie Cao has joined Buddle Findlay's Christchurch office as a senior solicitor in the litigation team.Annie Cao. Annie advises on general civil litigation, insurance disputes arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes, local government issues and insolvency matters.Before joining Buddle Findlay, Annie worked at another firm in Christchurch and was a ... More about Buddle Findlay appoints senior solicitor.

18 October 2018
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Changes at Claro

Catherine Deans has been promoted to Senior Associate at Claro. Catherine Deans. Catherine, who was awarded a 2017 Pegasus Scholarship, started at Claro in 2014 after returning from studies overseas. She works with a wide range of Claro’s health sector clients, with a special interest in public health law and ... More about Changes at Claro.

17 October 2018
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Catherine Shirley-Brown joins Simpson Grierson

Catherine Shirley-Brown has joined Simpson Grierson’s Wellington commercial law team as a special counsel. Catherine Shirley-Brown. Catherine will become a partner with the firm after completing New Zealand Law Society requirements.She has a particular focus on cross border M&A and transactions involving financial sponsors, and brings considerable experience advising businesses ... More about Catherine Shirley-Brown joins Simpson Grierson.

3 October 2018
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Anchali Anandanayagam becomes Hudson Gavin Martin partner

Hudson Gavin Martin has appointed Anchali Anandanayagam as a partner. Anchali Anandanayagam. Anchali works in the firm’s Technology and Media team, specialising in technology procurement, development and support; dark fibre procurement; licensing and commercialisation arrangements. She has practised in Wellington and in London, and was admitted as a barrister and ... More about Anchali Anandanayagam becomes Hudson Gavin Martin partner.

1 October 2018
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Young Hunter announces promotions

Christchurch firm Young Hunter has announced three promotions. Megan Gall. Megan Gall has been promoted to associate.Megan joined the firm as a law clerk in 2012.She is a member of the civil and commercial litigation team, and her practice includes a wide range of insurance and general civil litigation matters. ... More about Young Hunter announces promotions.

1 October 2018
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Lane Neave appoints new partner

Lane Neave has appointed Sharon Skinner as a Wellington-based partner in its commercial property team. Sharon Skinner. Sharon has extensive experience in all areas of commercial property law, with specific expertise in large scale developments, leasing, acquisition and disposal, public works and Treaty of Waitangi related projects for both corporate ... More about Lane Neave appoints new partner.

27 September 2018
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Chapman Tripp welcomes new chief operating officer

Sophia Gunn has commenced work with Chapman Tripp as chief operating officer.Sophia Gunn. In her role she will lead the firm's senior leadership team, working with the managing partners to develop and implement national strategy.She is responsible for the finance, technology, infrastructure, people and culture, business development and administrative functions ... More about Chapman Tripp welcomes new chief operating officer.

26 September 2018
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DLA Piper appoints new Special Counsel

DLA Piper has appointed Nick Valentine as Special Counsel. Nick Valentine. Nick specialises in IT and telecommunications, with a background in intellectual property. He has experience in IT outsourcing, including business process outsourcing, software development and licensing, data hosting, and data protection, privacy and open data.Admitted in November 2010 after ... More about DLA Piper appoints new Special Counsel.

26 September 2018
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New AMINZ President and Vice-President

Auckland barrister Royden Hindle has been elected the new president of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand. Royden Hindle. Mr Hindle is a member of Bankside Chambers and practises as an arbitrator, commercial mediator, construction adjudicator, facilitator and (occasionally) as an advocate.He was admitted as a barrister and ... More about New AMINZ President and Vice-President.

24 September 2018
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Louise Unger joins lexvoco

Louise Unger has joined newlaw firm lexvoco’s New Zealand team as Head of Legal Services, Risk & Compliance. Louise Unger. Louise was formerly the head of Risk & Compliance (Services) at BNZ, and before that the Head of Legal – Retail at the same bank.She has a strong coporate/commercial law ... More about Louise Unger joins lexvoco.

20 September 2018
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Tim Rennie joins Juno Legal

Tim Rennie has joined collaborative in-house legal services provider Juno Legal based in Auckland. Tim has recently returned home from London where he was Head of Legal for the prepaid product processor and worldwide distribution network epay and held global responsibility for legal matters across multiple jurisdictions.Tim has extensive experience ... More about Tim Rennie joins Juno Legal.

13 September 2018
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McWilliam Rennie Lawyers appointments

Wellington family law specialists McWilliam Rennie Lawyers has announced two appointments. Tara Jackson. Tara Jackson has joined the firm as an associate.Tara graduated LLB from Victoria University in 2008 and has worked in many areas of general legal practice including family, criminal and civil litigation and on estates and conveyancing ... More about McWilliam Rennie Lawyers appointments.

12 September 2018
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Russell McVeagh appoints new CEO

Russell McVeagh has appointed Jo Avenell as its CEO, effective from 23 October. Jo Avenell. She has a background in financial services, professional services, and postal and logistic services.Jo was most recently on the Executive Team at New Zealand Post where she led the organisational and cultural transformation programmes.Russell McVeagh ... More about Russell McVeagh appoints new CEO.

7 September 2018
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Two new partners appointed by DLA Piper

DLA Piper has promoted two new partners in its New Zealand operation. Misha Henaghan. Misha Henaghan acts for clients across the New Zealand insurance industry in the areas of general insurance, professional indemnity, product liability, public liability, material damage and business interruption and regulatory claims.She also assists medical practitioners in ... More about Two new partners appointed by DLA Piper.

5 September 2018
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Promotions at Pacific Legal

Specialist immigration firm Pacific Legal has announced two promotions.Diana Bell. Diana Bell has been promoted to senior associate in the Auckland office.Diana has been with the firm since May 2014 after practising as an immigration specialist in Wellington.She has particular expertise in assisting businesses and skilled migrants in matters such ... More about Promotions at Pacific Legal.

4 September 2018
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Two join Juno Legal

Joycelyn Raffills and Becki Horgan have joined collaborative in-house legal services provider Juno Legal. Joycelyn Raffills. Joycelyn has held senior leadership roles with Hutt City Council as General Manager Governance and Regulatory Manager and as General Counsel. She has also worked for Chapman Tripp and Electricity Corporation of New Zealand ... More about Two join Juno Legal.

4 September 2018
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Rachel Pinny joins Thorndon Chambers

Rachel Pinny is now practising as a barrister at Thorndon Chambers in Wellington. Rachel Pinny. In addition to her general commercial litigation practice, Rachel specialises in banking and finance litigation and insolvency. She was admitted in 2003 and joins Thorndon Chambers from Bell Gully, where she was a senior associate ... More about Rachel Pinny joins Thorndon Chambers.

29 August 2018
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Three promotions at Jackson Russell

Auckland firm Jackson Russell has promoted three lawyers to senior lawyer. Sarah Sussman. Sarah Sussman is a member of Jackson Russell’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.She joined the firm in 2016 and has gained experience in a wide range of litigation matters. Sarah has acted for both large scale commercial ... More about Three promotions at Jackson Russell.

27 August 2018
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Two promotions at Sharp Tudhope

Tauranga law firm Sharp Tudhope Lawyers has promoted two lawyers to senior solicitors. Lauren Qiu. Lauren Qiu was admitted in December 2014 and joined the firm in 2016.Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she advises on a wide range of property, relationship property and immigration matters.Lauren helps corporate clients and high net ... More about Two promotions at Sharp Tudhope.

23 August 2018
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Alex Chapman joins Buddle Findlay

Alex Chapman has joined Buddle Findlay's Wellington office as a senior associate in the corporate and commercial team.Alex was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in February 2011.She advises on a variety of corporate and commercial matters with a particular focus on technology, outsourcing, data and privacy and consumer law. ... More about Alex Chapman joins Buddle Findlay.

23 August 2018
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College of Law New Zealand award winners

The College of Law New Zealand has announced the winners of its awards to top students completing its Professional Legal Studies Course in 2017.Top Overall StudentsPlaceStudent1Graeme Dill-Russell (Christchurch)2Steven Mutch (Auckland)3Kimberley Pepper (Hamilton)Auckland Regional AwardsPlaceStudent1Steven Mutch2Lucy Harrison3Michael GreenonChristchurch Regional AwardsPlaceStudent1Graeme Dill-Russell2Beth Gallacher3Danielle HallHamilton Regional AwardsPlaceStudent1Kimberley Pepper2Katie Robb3Kohe RuwhiuWellington Regional AwardsPlaceStudent1Mark Shaw2George ... More about College of Law New Zealand award winners.

23 August 2018
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Amy Gulbransen joins Rachael Dewar Law

Amy Gulbransen has joined Rachael Dewar Law in Wellington after relocating from Nelson where she specialised in family law. Amy Gulbransen. Amy works in all areas of family law with a particular interest in care of children, domestic violence and relationship property matters.She graduated from Canterbury University in 2010 and ... More about Amy Gulbransen joins Rachael Dewar Law.

9 August 2018
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Promotions at McCaw Lewis

McCaw Lewis has announced three promotions. Jonathan Aquilina. Jonathan Aquilina has been promoted to senior associate.He is a member of the Commercial team and specialises in business sales and purchases, commercial leasing and construction and engineering projects.Jonathan was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 2005 and practised ... More about Promotions at McCaw Lewis.

8 August 2018
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Trevor Slater appointed Resolution Institute Director

Trevor Slater has been appointed as director of trans-Tasman dispute resolution member organisation Resolution Institute. Trevor Slater. Trevor is FairWay Resolution Ltd’s Client Director of the Financial Dispute Resolution Service - an approved dispute resolution scheme for financial service providers in New Zealand. Trevor holds a Masters Degree in Conflict ... More about Trevor Slater appointed Resolution Institute Director.

8 August 2018
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Three new partners at Saunders & Co

Saunders & Co has announced the appointment of three new partners. Jen Bensley. Jen Bensley leads the firm’s immigration team. She was admitted in December 2010 after completing BSc and LLB degrees from the University of Canterbury.Jen has specialised in immigration law while also practising commercial and property law. Sarah ... More about Three new partners at Saunders & Co.

2 August 2018
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Appointments continue Solomons expansion

Dunedin firm Solomons has announced a number of appointments. Alex Boock. Alex Boock has joined the firm as an associate.Alex has extensive experience in commercial, rural and residential property transactions as well as rural refinancing, restructuring, and succession planning. He also has dispute resolution experience, particularly in the areas of ... More about Appointments continue Solomons expansion.

19 July 2018
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New partner at Preston Russell Law

Southland law firm Preston Russell Law has appointed a new partner. Rebecca McLeod. Rebecca McLeod heads the firm’s Winton office and works in the employment law and primary industries teams, with a particular focus on health and safety laws in relation to farming.Rebecca was admitted as a barrister and solicitor ... More about New partner at Preston Russell Law.

18 July 2018
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Lawyer new EPA Board head

Hamilton lawyer Julie Hardaker has been appointed chairperson of the Environmental Protection Authority Board.The EPA board is responsible for the EPA’s governance. The EPA makes decisions for and regulates hazardous substances and new organisms as well as specified marine activities in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone.It also provides administrative support ... More about Lawyer new EPA Board head.

13 July 2018
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Anthony Russell joins SBM Legal

Anthony Russell has joined Auckland firm SBM Legal and a Principal.Anthony Russell. Admitted in June 1991, Anthony has 25 years’ experience in employment law with a particular focus on the health, education, and infrastructure sectors.He also has an active interest in sports law and experience in dealing with commercial and ... More about Anthony Russell joins SBM Legal.

10 July 2018
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Three new special counsel at Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay has appointed three special counsel.Anita Birkinshaw. Anita Birkinshaw is based in the Auckland office and specialises in litigation.She advises clients on a varied range of contentious matters, including in relation to intellectual property, regulatory compliance, contractual issues and administrative law.Anita is highly experienced in resolving disputes through court ... More about Three new special counsel at Buddle Findlay.

10 July 2018
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Promotions at Lane Neave

Lane Neave has announced the promotion of a number of its lawyers. Anna Ryan. Anna Ryan has become a member of the firm’s partnership.Anna leads Lane Neave’s competition and consumer law and intellectual property practices.Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in September 2007, after graduating BA, LLB(Hons) from the University ... More about Promotions at Lane Neave.

2 July 2018
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Lane Neave turns 150

New Zealand law firm Lane Neave is marking its 150th year.Established in Christchurch in 1868 by John Holmes as Thompson & Holmes, Lane Neave has grown to become a leading national firm, serving clients and communities from offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.“When Holmes first opened the doors of ... More about Lane Neave turns 150.

28 June 2018
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Theresa Donnelly joins Public Trust

Theresa Donnelly has joined Public Trust as a Senior Solicitor. Theresa Donnelly. Formerly a senior solicitor with the Ministry of Social Development, Theresa has significant experience in Elder Law.She graduated from Auckland University and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1992.Theresa has worked in several private practice litigation ... More about Theresa Donnelly joins Public Trust.

26 June 2018
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Changes at Tripe Matthews Feist

Wellington law firm Tripe Matthews Feist has announced two appointments. Mary Jeffcoat. Mary Jeffcoat has joined the firm as a consultant.Mary practises in the areas of conveyancing, wills, estates and relationship property.After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with an LLB she was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in ... More about Changes at Tripe Matthews Feist.

20 June 2018
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Change at Aoraki Legal

Pauline-Jean Luyten.Paul Tyler and Pauline-Jean Luyten have purchased the Timaru law practice of Aoraki Legal Ltd from long time Timaru lawyer Mark Clark.Paul was admitted to the Bar in 2006 and Pauline in 2005. Paul Tyler.They previously worked together at another Timaru practice and moved to Aoraki Legal Ltd 3 ... More about Change at Aoraki Legal.

14 June 2018
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Change in Secretary for Justice

The Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive, Ministry of Justice, Andrew Bridgman, has been appointed Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive, Ministry of Defence, for five years from 1 July 2019. Andrew Bridgman. Andrew Kibblewhite, who is currently Chief Executive, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, has been appointed ... More about Change in Secretary for Justice.

13 June 2018
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David Koedyk new associate at Catalyst Intellectual Property

David Koedyk has joined Catalyst Intellectual Property as an associate. David Koedyk. David is a lawyer and patent attorney with seven years’ experience in intellectual property law, and joins Catalyst Intellectual Property after previously working at Baldwins Intellectual Property.He has MSc(Hons) and LLB degrees from Victoria University.David assists clients with ... More about David Koedyk new associate at Catalyst Intellectual Property.

13 June 2018
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Josie McNaught joins Extra Law

Josie McNaught has started with Extra Law in Wellington as a team member available to augment an in-house organisation's legal team via a fixed term contract.After more than 20 years as an award-winning journalist and media producer, Josie became a solicitor with a litigation focus following her admission in 2016. ... More about Josie McNaught joins Extra Law.

12 June 2018
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Nikki Fisher joins Juno Legal

Nikki Fisher has joined Juno Legal. Nikki has B Com/LLB(Hons) degrees from the University of Canterbury and the University of California, Berkeley. Nikki Fisher. She is an experienced commercial, regulatory and corporate lawyer with 18 years experience in both in-house and private practice roles in New Zealand and abroad.She has ... More about Nikki Fisher joins Juno Legal.

7 June 2018
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Changes at Human Rights Commission

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero has been acting head of the Human Rights Commission from 25 May 2018.The Commission says Ms Tesoriero has agreed to take on the leadership role short term following the decision by Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford to leave the Commission at the end of ... More about Changes at Human Rights Commission.

1 June 2018
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Two new partners at DLA Piper

DLA Piper has appointed two partners. Both practise in Auckland. Michael Thompson. Michael Thompson joins the Finance, Projects and Restructuring team.He advises local and international banks and borrowers on top tier domestic and cross border financing and is focused on property and development finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and debt ... More about Two new partners at DLA Piper.

1 June 2018
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Promotions at McBride Davenport James

Wellington firm McBride Davenport James has announced two promotions.Guido Ballara joined the partnership of McBride Davenport James on 1 June. Guido specialises in employment law and civil litigation and acts for a wide range of employees and employers. He graduated LLB(Hons) from Victoria University in 2002 and was admitted as ... More about Promotions at McBride Davenport James.

31 May 2018
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Amy Davison joins Rice Speir

Amy Davison has joined Auckland litigation firm Rice Speir as a senior associate. Amy Davison. Amy specialises in civil and commercial litigation and has extensive experience with complex multi-party claims, construction and insurance litigation and representative (class) actions. She was admitted in September 2008 and joins Rice Speir from a ... More about Amy Davison joins Rice Speir.

28 May 2018
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New Samoa Law Society President

Leiataualesa Komisi Koria has been elected President of the Samoa Law Society.He is a partner at Clarke Ey Koria Lawyers and specialises in litigation and advisory work across a wide range of sectors including tourism, manufacturing and financial services, the Samoa Observer reports. Before he joined the firm in 2016 ... More about New Samoa Law Society President.

17 May 2018
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New Tauranga firm of Adams Hesketh

Rachael Adams, Principal of Adams Law, and Bruce Hesketh, barrister, have joined their respective practices and formed the new Tauranga firm of Adams Hesketh. The firm specialises in family and criminal litigation. Rachael Adams. Rachael Adams was admitted in 1984 and practises predominantly in the areas of family and criminal ... More about New Tauranga firm of Adams Hesketh.

11 May 2018
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Fee Langstone promotes two

Auckland law firm Fee Langstone has promoted Imogen Allan and Courtney Brooke (nee Anderson) to the role of Senior Solicitor. Imogen Allan’s civil litigation practice is broad but regularly involves negligence claims and disciplinary complaints against professionals. She also reviews indemnity issues and insurance policy wording to ensure compliance with ... More about Fee Langstone promotes two.

11 May 2018
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Holland Beckett Law appoints two partners

Tauranga law firm Holland Beckett Law has appointed two new partners.Christie Goodspeed and Sam Tabak. Christie Goodspeed leads the firm’s Employment and Family Law teams.She worked at Buddle Findlay, Tompkins Wake and pwc Australia before joining Holland Beckett.Christie specialises in all employment related matters from structuring relationships, policy drafting, restructurings, ... More about Holland Beckett Law appoints two partners.

7 May 2018
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Duncan Cotterill appoints two partners

Duncan Cotterill has appointed two partners to its Wellington team.Hamish Walker joins the commercial team from another Wellington firm. Hamish was admitted in December 1999.He is experienced in acquisitions and sales, structuring, financing, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, governance, compliance, and contracts. His property work involves both residential and commercial property, ... More about Duncan Cotterill appoints two partners.

17 April 2018
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James Donkin joins Quay Chambers

James Donkin has joined Quay Chambers in Auckland as a barrister sole, specialising in complex civil litigation, contentious regulatory matters and white-collar offending. Jame Donkin. He was admitted in 2005 and has worked at Russell McVeagh, Meredith Connell and Rice + Co (now Rice Speir).James also spent two years in ... More about James Donkin joins Quay Chambers.

17 April 2018
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Ian Murray joins Harbour Chambers

Ian Murray has joined Wellington’s Harbour Chambers as a barrister sole specialising in public law, regulatory offending – in particular, health and safety – professional regulation and discipline, and criminal law, especially at the appellate level. Ian Murray. Ian was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in September 1994.Before moving ... More about Ian Murray joins Harbour Chambers.

13 April 2018
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Danielle Kelly joins Buddle Findlay

Danielle Kelly has joined Buddle Findlay’s Auckland office as a senior solicitor in the banking and financial services team. Danielle Kelly. Danielle has a broad range of experience in domestic and international banking and finance law with particular expertise in cross-border leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate lending and real estate ... More about Danielle Kelly joins Buddle Findlay.

12 April 2018
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Changes at Claro

Claro has appointed three staff to the role of Special Counsel and announced two other changes.Wendy Beverley. Wendy Beverley has been appointed Special Counsel.She has many years’ experience advising public and private organisations on health and medico-legal issues, including sharing and disclosure of information, consent, PPPR Act, mental health and ... More about Changes at Claro.

10 April 2018
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Nisha Dahya joins ARL Lawyers

Nisha Dahya has joined ARL Lawyers in Lower Hutt as an associate. Nisha Dahya. Admitted to the bar in 2009, Nisha has worked for both Wellington and Lower Hutt law firms. She specialises in family law and undertakes a wide variety of work including relationship property, dissolution, care of children ... More about Nisha Dahya joins ARL Lawyers.

9 April 2018
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Taylor Shaw promotes two lawyers

Christchurch firm Taylor Shaw has promoted two staff to the role of Senior Solicitor.Sam Hider. Sam Hider is a senior solicitor in the civil litigation and employment law team.Sam’s main area of speciality is insurance law.He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2016 after graduating with LLB and ... More about Taylor Shaw promotes two lawyers.

6 April 2018
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Changes at Todd & Walker Law

Todd & Walker Law has announced two promotions and two new lawyers.Louise Denton. Louise Denton has been promoted to Associate in the firm’s Litigation team. Louise specialises in criminal and regulatory defence. She has experience in various courts and tribunals throughout the South Island.Louise was admitted to the bar in ... More about Changes at Todd & Walker Law.

6 April 2018
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New Chair for Bell Gully

Bell Gully has appointed Anna Buchly as its new Chair.Ms Buchly is a specialist corporate lawyer with a particular focus on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and joint ventures.After graduating LLB(Hons) from the University of Canterbury she was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in January 1998. She ... More about New Chair for Bell Gully.

6 April 2018
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Two appointments at Succeed Legal

Wellington boutique firm Succeed Legal has announced two appointments. Lloyd Davies. Lloyd Davies joins the firm as a Principal.Lloyd specialises in advising businesses and their owners on a range of commercial and property matters, including acquisitions and disposals, leasing and subdivisions. He also advises individuals on a wide range of ... More about Two appointments at Succeed Legal.

4 April 2018
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Nathan Batts joins Rice Speir

Nathan Batts has joined the compliance and enforcement team at Auckland litigation firm Rice Speir.Before joining Rice Speir he worked at the office of the Crown Solicitor in Tauranga where he conducted prosecutions and civil proceedings on behalf of the police and other government agencies.Nathan was admitted as a barrister ... More about Nathan Batts joins Rice Speir.

4 April 2018
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Jane Meares appointed FSC Ltd Chair

Wellington barrister Jane Meares has been appointed Chair of the disputes resolution service Financial Services Complaints Ltd from 1 April 2018.She replaces former Chair Kenneth Johnston QC who was appointed an Associate High Court Judge at the end of January.Ms Meares is also Chief Commissioner of the Transport Accident Investigation ... More about Jane Meares appointed FSC Ltd Chair.

22 March 2018
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Rachel Devine appointed RMLA President

Rachel Devine has been appointed President of the Resource Management Law Association following the resignation of James Gardner-Hopkins.Ms Devine is a partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts.She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1996 and practises in all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients. ... More about Rachel Devine appointed RMLA President.

20 March 2018
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Hana Schofield joins SBM Legal

Hana Schofield has joined SBM Legal as a senior solicitor.Hana graduated from the University of Canterbury and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2003. She spent several years working for a leading New Zealand law firm and then joined a London firm.Hana worked as a solicitor for the ... More about Hana Schofield joins SBM Legal.

13 March 2018
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Promotions at Hesketh Henry

Auckland law firm Hesketh Henry has announced a number of promotions and a new senior arrival.Hak Jun Lee has been promoted to Special Counsel. Mr Lee has been with the firm since October 2015 and leads the its rapidly growing Asian practice. He is a property law specialist but manages ... More about Promotions at Hesketh Henry.

13 March 2018
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Rebecca Davies joins McVeagh Fleming

Rebecca Davies has joined the Auckland City office of McVeagh Fleming as a solicitor in the Relationship Property Team. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 2014, Rebecca specialises in relationship property, trusts and estates and family law and also has a background in commercial property and dispute resolution. ... More about Rebecca Davies joins McVeagh Fleming.

13 March 2018
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Echo Haronga joins Guardian Chambers

Echo Haronga has joined Auckland’s Guardian Chambers as a criminal barrister.She has experience prosecuting and has gained considerable exposure as a criminal defence barrister since joining the independent bar two years ago.Echo has experience in representing clients in the summary jurisdiction and also advising and representing those facing serious criminal ... More about Echo Haronga joins Guardian Chambers.

6 March 2018
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Taryn Gudmanz joins Princes Chambers

Taryn Gudmanz has joined Princes Chambers in Dunedin as a barrister sole specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution.Before joining the bar, Taryn was a senior associate with Anderson Lloyd.She has also worked with other law firms in Dunedin and Wellington, was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the ... More about Taryn Gudmanz joins Princes Chambers.

6 March 2018
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Appointments at Turner Hopkins

North Shore firm Turner Hopkins has announced a number of recent appointments.Lizandra Bailey. Lizandra Bailey has rejoined Turner Hopkins as a partner.Lizandra was admitted in June 1995 and originally joined Turner Hopkins in 2012 before spending time at an Auckland CBD firm.She is a commercial lawyer and has worked for ... More about Appointments at Turner Hopkins.

1 March 2018
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Two senior promotions at Gaze Burt

Auckland firm Gaze Burt has announced two senior promotions.Simon Greening has joined the Gaze Burt partnership from 1 March. Simon leads the Gaze Burt employment team, acting for both employees and employers on a wide range of employment matters. Simon has represented clients at investigation meetings, disciplinary meetings, mediations with ... More about Two senior promotions at Gaze Burt.

22 February 2018
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Daniel Collins joins Buddle Findlay

Daniel Collins has joined Buddle Findlay's Auckland office as a senior associate in the banking and finance team.Daniel has over 12 years of leading complex and high profile transactions with top tier firms in Auckland, Dubai and Sydney, including more than eight years at Clifford Chance. Daniel specialises in leverage ... More about Daniel Collins joins Buddle Findlay.

21 February 2018
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Promotion for Legal Services head

The Director of Defence Legal Services, Colonel Lisa Ferris, will be promoted to Brigadier on 23 February 2018.This is a significant promotion within the New Zealand Defence Force, with Brigadier Ferris being only the second woman since World War II to be promoted to this rank.Brigadier Ferris was born and ... More about Promotion for Legal Services head.

21 February 2018
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Emma Miles sets up new firm

Emma Miles has established Emma Miles Law, specialising in employment, relationship property, family, and civil disputes.Emma was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in June 2012 after completing an LLB at the University of Waikato.Before setting up Emma Miles Law she worked at Holland Beckett and Lewis. ... More about Emma Miles sets up new firm.

16 February 2018
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Jeremy Sutton joining Bastion Chambers

Jeremy Sutton joins family law practitioners Brian Carter and Lynda Kearns at Bastion Chambers in Shortland Street, Auckland from 1 March.He will continue to focus on property-based pre-separation and separation matters for clients with complex cases involving family trusts and/or small to medium businesses, often where one party earns a ... More about Jeremy Sutton joining Bastion Chambers.

14 February 2018
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Juno Legal welcomes Mitch Julian

Mitch Julian has joined Juno Legal as a lawyer based in Auckland.Mitch has strong corporate and commercial experience gained in private practice and in-house legal roles with Tompkins Wake, Clifford Chance and British Telecom.He also has a background in software development and technology.In addition to supporting the firm’s clients on ... More about Juno Legal welcomes Mitch Julian.

8 February 2018
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US honour for Anita Killeen

Auckland barrister Anita Killeen has been appointed the University of Kansas School of Law's Visiting Diplomat for 2018.The Diplomat’s Forum is the Kansas School of Law's most prestigious annual international and comparative law event. Its aim is to provide a platform for an open sharing of thoughts on international law ... More about US honour for Anita Killeen.

30 January 2018
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Parvez Akbar to head Fiji ACC

Employment law specialist Parvez Akbar has been appointed chief executive of the Fiji Accident Compensation Commission.Mr Akbar completed an LLB at Bond University in Australia in 1994 and began legal practice in Fiji. After seven years of practice he migrated to New Zealand in 2002 and worked in employment law ... More about Parvez Akbar to head Fiji ACC.

25 January 2018
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Two partners appointed by Bell Gully

Laura Littlewood is a corporate and commercial partner with specialist expertise in technology, data, privacy, cyber security and e-commerce. Laura Littlewood. She was admitted in 2003 after gaining BCom and LLB(Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland.Laura worked as a lawyer in London from 2006 to 2010 and in Bermuda ... More about Two partners appointed by Bell Gully.

25 January 2018
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Further promotions at Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper has announced the promotion of a number of staff to senior positions, from 1 January 2018. Lynne Van. Lynne Van is promoted to Special Counsel.Based in Auckland, Lynne is an expert litigator with extensive experience in insolvency, property, securities enforcement and recoveries.Lynne was recently ranked as a "Next ... More about Further promotions at Anthony Harper.

19 January 2018
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Kensington Swan appointments

Kensington Swan has appointed three new Special Counsel and two new senior associates, from 1 January 2018.Rachel Burt is a Special Counsel in the Wellington employment team. She is an experienced advocate and litigator who advises clients across the on all manner of employment law and health and safety issues. ... More about Kensington Swan appointments.

16 January 2018
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New staff join Holland Beckett

Two new lawyers have joined Holland Beckett Law. James McDougall. James McDougall has joined as a senior solicitor in Holland Beckett’s Rotorua office.James is a litigator with a background in insurance and commercial litigation.Admitted in 2011, he previously worked at international firms in Auckland and London. Ben Corbett. Benjamin Corbett ... More about New staff join Holland Beckett.

21 December 2017
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Michelle Bowen associate at SBM Legal

Michelle Bowen has joined Auckland employment law firm SBM Legal as an associate after practising employment law in the United Kingdom for a number of years.Michelle qualified and practised civil law in Auckland before moving to the United Kingdom.She is an experienced employment lawyer and her expertise includes advising and ... More about Michelle Bowen associate at SBM Legal.

21 December 2017
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Sarah Kerr joins Lowndes

Sarah Kerr has joined Lowndes as a Director, bringing 20 years of corporate and commercial experience including 10 years as a partner in previous firms.Her expertise is in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and shareholder agreements, venture capital and early stage and expansion capital investment, corporate governance and complex commercial ... More about Sarah Kerr joins Lowndes.

20 December 2017
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Roimata Mitchell joins Chapman Tripp

Roimata Mitchell has joined Chapman Tripp’s Auckland office as a solicitor, working in banking and finance.She was admitted in August 2014 and holds LLB and accounting degrees from the University of Auckland.Before moving to Chapman Tripp Roimata was a solicitor for NZX Ltd in Wellington. She has a background in ... More about Roimata Mitchell joins Chapman Tripp.

20 December 2017
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Kate Duckworth Intellectual Property established

Kate Duckworth has established Kate Duckworth Intellectual Property in Wellington after being a partner at Catalyst Intellectual Property and Baldwins Intellectual Property.Kate was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 2000. She holds LLB and LLM degrees from Victoria University of Wellington.She specialises in contentious aspects of intellectual property ... More about Kate Duckworth Intellectual Property established.

14 December 2017
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Pip Greenwood appointed to Spark Board

Russell McVeagh partner Pip Greenwood has been appointed as an independent non-executive director to the Board of Spark New Zealand.Ms Greenwood's appointment is effective from 1 April 2018 and she replaces Mark Verbiest who retired in November 2017.Ms Greenwood has over ten years’ experience on the Russell McVeagh board, including ... More about Pip Greenwood appointed to Spark Board.

13 December 2017
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Five lawyers promoted at Duncan Cotterill

Duncan has Cotterill promoted five of its lawyers, effective from 1 December.Amy Mercer was promoted to associate in the Wellington commercial team. Admitted in December 2011, Amy specialises in corporate/commercial, intellectual property and information technology law. She has spent time on secondment with clients at various times, including at the ... More about Five lawyers promoted at Duncan Cotterill.

11 December 2017
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Crown Law Office appointments

The Crown Law Office has made five appointments in its Crown Legal Risk Group.Nicola Wills has been appointed Manager. |Nicola Wills. Admitted in December 1987, Nicola was previously Director of Proceedings in the Health and Disability Commissioner’s office and also practised as a barrister in Thorndon Chambers.She has experience as ... More about Crown Law Office appointments.

7 December 2017
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Callum Reid joins Harbour Chambers

Callum Reid has joined Harbour Chambers in Wellington as a barrister sole specialising in commercial dispute resolution, litigation and insolvency.Prior to becoming a barrister, Callum was a consultant with Gibson Sheat Lawyers in Wellington.He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in June ... More about Callum Reid joins Harbour Chambers.

6 December 2017
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New senior associates at Harmans Lawyers

Christchurch firm Harmans Lawyers has promoted two staff members to senior associates.Jessica Marshall specialises in property and commercial law. She was admitted in September 2008 after graduating BA, LLB from the University of Canterbury. She has previously worked in law firms in Auckland and London.Deirdre Fell manages the firm’s Estates ... More about New senior associates at Harmans Lawyers.

4 December 2017
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Russell McVeagh partners appointed

Russell McVeagh has appointed three new partners.Cameron Law. Cameron Law joined the firm from the role of Acting Managing Counsel (Planning & Network Operations) at the New Zealand Transport Agency.Admitted in September 1998 after graduating from the University of Otago, Cameron has experience in resource management and acts for clients ... More about Russell McVeagh partners appointed.

30 November 2017
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Promotions for two Grimshaw lawyers

Grimshaw & Co has announced the promotion of two lawyers.Merran Greenhalgh has been promoted to senior associate.Merran was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in September 2011 after graduating LLB from Victoria University of Wellington.She joined the firm in 2011 and works on civil and general litigation cases. She specialises ... More about Promotions for two Grimshaw lawyers.

30 November 2017
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Three new Tompkins Wake partners

Tompkins Wake has announced the promotion of three lawyers to partners, effective from 1 December 2017.Campbell Stewart. Campbell Stewart was admitted in 2008 after graduating from Otago University and has been with the firm since 2012.He is a specialist property lawyer, with a focus on agribusiness, natural resources, trusts and ... More about Three new Tompkins Wake partners.

24 November 2017
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New Zealand Law Awards winners unveiled

The 2017 New Zealand Law Awards were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Auckland on 17 November.An estimated 700 legal professionals gathered at The Langham hotel for the 28 awards available.The evening was hosted by radio broadcaster Leah Panapa and included entertainment from musicians Mark Cunningham and Annie Crummer.The winners ... More about New Zealand Law Awards winners unveiled.

23 November 2017
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Maria Pozza joins Govett Quilliam

Dr Maria Pozza has joined Govett Quilliam as a Senior Solicitor in the firm's Energy Sector.She has joined the firm after working for a Christchurch-based firm.Dr Pozza specialises in space law, technology and cyber law, and corporate and commercial law. She graduated LLB(Hons) from Birmingham City University in 2004, obtained ... More about Maria Pozza joins Govett Quilliam.

21 November 2017
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Auckland lawyer Vine & Wine nominee

Auckland lawyer John Barker has been nominated by the New Zealand Government for the position of Director General of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.The OIV is an intergovernmental organisation which issues recommendations on viticulture and winemaking practices. It has 46 Member States and 13 Observers.Dr Barker was admitted ... More about Auckland lawyer Vine & Wine nominee.

15 November 2017
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Charlotte Sygrove appointed to new role

Charlotte Sygrove has been appointed Technical Assistant – Governance at Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd.She will provide governance and strategy support to senior executives within Fonterra.After graduating LLB/BA from Otago University in 2011 Charlotte was admitted in 2012.She joined the in-house legal team at Fonterra after four years at Russell McVeagh ... More about Charlotte Sygrove appointed to new role.

14 November 2017
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German President visits Hesketh Henry

The President of German, Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Auckland law firm Hesketh Henry's premises on 7 November 2017.The President and his delegation participated in a Business Roundtable Lunch discussion hosted by the German New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (GNZCC).Hesketh Henry’s Managing Partner, Erich Bachmann, participated in his capacity as the Honorary ... More about German President visits Hesketh Henry.

13 November 2017
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New appointments at Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper has announced a number of new appointments. Annelies McClure. Annelies McClure has joined as Special Counsel, based in Wellington.Her expertise is in the interpretation and application of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 and she has significant public sector knowledge and experience.Annelies was admitted in 1990 and worked in ... More about New appointments at Anthony Harper.

10 November 2017
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Pipitea Chambers established in Wellington

Christopher Stevenson and Elizabeth Hall have established Pipitea Chambers in Thorndon Quay, Wellington. Christopher Stevenson. Christopher Stevenson specialises in criminal law and appears as defence counsel in serious trials. He is also a senior appellate lawyer – appearing in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council.Christopher is experienced ... More about Pipitea Chambers established in Wellington.

9 November 2017
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Changes at K3 Legal

Auckland firm K3 Legal has made three appointments to its senior ranks. Helen Edwards. Helen Edwards has been appointed a director.She has 14 years of experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and specialises in commercial, corporate, finance and property law matters and is assisting with litigation in all ... More about Changes at K3 Legal.

8 November 2017
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Rhodes Scholarship for law graduate

Margot Gibson, 22, from Christchurch is one of three New Zealanders to be awarded 2017 Rhodes Scholarships for post-graduate study at the University of Oxford.Margot graduated from the University of Canterbury this year with a LLB(Hons) and BA in political science and history.She is currently undertaking an internship with New ... More about Rhodes Scholarship for law graduate.

8 November 2017
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Tax reform proposal wins lawyer award

In-house Treasury lawyer Matt Woolley was co-winner of a Tax Policy Scholarship Charitable Trust competition which invited tax professionals aged under 35 to submit proposals that outline a significant reform of the tax system.Matt shared the $7,000 with Talia Smart from IRD.His proposal discussed a fully integrated tax system that ... More about Tax reform proposal wins lawyer award.

8 November 2017
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Ros Webby now Dundas Street partner

Ros Webby has been promoted to partner at Wellington employment law firm Dundas Street after joining the firm at its inception in 2013 as a senior associate.She is a specialist employment lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, having worked in-house for Wellington City Council and then for 8 years at ... More about Ros Webby now Dundas Street partner.

7 November 2017
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New Adderley Head partner

Resource management specialist Juliette Derry has joined the partnership at Adderley Head in Christchurch. Juliette Derry.Juliette graduated from the University of Canterbury and has worked in London and Sydney, advising on property, infrastructure and environmental projects.Since her return to Christchurch her work has included property developments, earthquake recovery matters and ... More about New Adderley Head partner.

2 November 2017
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New solicitors at Wynn Williams

Wynn Williams has promoted two staff to Solicitor.Courtney Holmes was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in October 2017 and is a member of the Christchurch Dispute Resolution team.James Anson-Holland was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in October 2017 and is a member of the Christchurch Dispute Resolution team. ... More about New solicitors at Wynn Williams.

1 November 2017
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Honorary LLD for Governor-General

The Governor-General, Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at Victoria University of Wellington's graduation ceremony on 13 December 2017.Victoria University Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan says the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws is an acknowledgement of Dame Patsy’s leadership as Governor-General as ... More about Honorary LLD for Governor-General.

30 October 2017
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New RMLA officers appointed

Woodward Street Chambers barrister James Gardner-Hopkins has become President of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA).Admitted in January 2002, he specialises in resource management, environment and planning law, and Māori legal matters.Mary Hill, a partner of Cooney Lees Morgan has been appointed RMLA Secretary, and MinterEllisonRuddWatts partner Rachel Devine has ... More about New RMLA officers appointed.

26 October 2017
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DG Law Ltd appoints new director

Auckland firm DG Law Ltd has appointed Kelly McCullough as a director.Kelly was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in February 2005 and joined the practice in September 2017.She has extensive experience in property, business and commercial law, estate planning and administration, relationship property and trusts. ... More about DG Law Ltd appoints new director.

19 October 2017
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Karen Stevens to chair INFO Network

New Zealand's Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman, Karen Stevens, has been elected Chair of the International Network of Financial Services Ombudsman Schemes (INFO Network).Karen will take over the role in December 2017 for two years.The INFO Network is the worldwide association for financial services ombudsmen—independent and impartial out-of-court bodies that ... More about Karen Stevens to chair INFO Network.

17 October 2017
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Changes at Young Hunter

Christchurch firm Young Hunter has promoted Karen Welsford to special counsel. Karen Welsford. Karen first joined the firm in 2004 and, after spending time with another firm and travelling, she returned as a senior associate in 2014.She specialises in civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a particular focus ... More about Changes at Young Hunter.

12 October 2017
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Valerie Bland sets up Extra Law Ltd

Valerie Bland has incorporated Extra Law Ltd as an Alternative Legal Services Provider (ALSP) in Wellington.Extra Law offers legal services to predominately government organisations by providing an extra law team member to sit with in-house teams and cover a personnel shortage for a fixed term.Valerie was admitted as a barrister ... More about Valerie Bland sets up Extra Law Ltd.

10 October 2017
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Rutherford Fellowship to research indigenous rights

University of Auckland Law School associate professor Claire Charters has been awarded a 2017 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to investigate the ways indigenous peoples' rights are constitutionally recognised throughout the world.Dr Charters (Ngāti Whakaue, Tūwharetoa, Ngā Puhi, Tainui), who specialises in indigenous peoples’ rights in international and constitutional law, is one ... More about Rutherford Fellowship to research indigenous rights.

10 October 2017
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Lawyers join Davenports Harbour

Linley Hawkes has joined Davenports Harbour as an associate in the property team. Linley specialises in commercial property advising on the sale and purchase of property, negotiating and preparing agreements, undertaking due diligence investigations and advising on all aspects of commercial leases for both landlord and tenant clients.Anna Guise has ... More about Lawyers join Davenports Harbour.

10 October 2017
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Wynn Williams promotes staff

Wynn Williams has announced the promotion of four staff.Shane Campbell has been promoted to associate in the Dispute Resolution team. After graduating LLB(Hons) from the University of Canterbury Shane was admitted in August 2014. Before joining the firm he worked as a Judge’s Clerk for the High Court.Josh Taylor has ... More about Wynn Williams promotes staff.

10 October 2017
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Promotions at Treadwell Gordon

Lisa Douglas has been appointed to the partnership at Treadwell Gordon, heading the newly-formed litigation team. Lisa Douglas. Admitted in December 1988, she has 21 years’ experience from working for various Auckland and London firms, mostly in civil litigation, construction litigation, insolvency-based litigation, and alternative dispute resolution processes.Andrew Thomas has ... More about Promotions at Treadwell Gordon.

5 October 2017
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Solomons promotes Rob Pile

Dunedin firm Solomons has promoted Rob Pile to Senior Solicitor.Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 2013, Rob joined Solomons in June 2017 as a member of the property and commercial team.Before joining the firm, Rob practiced property and commercial law in Christchurch and with another Dunedin law firm.Rob's ... More about Solomons promotes Rob Pile.

2 October 2017
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Clifton Chambers merges

Wellington barristers chambers’ Clifton Chambers and Thomas More Chambers have joined forces.The merged chambers, which will go by Clifton Chambers, now comprises ten barristers with specialist skills in diverse areas of law and in mediation.For more information visit www.cliftonchambers.co.nz ... More about Clifton Chambers merges.

2 October 2017
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Sarah Taylor joins Lexvoco

Sarah Taylor has recently joined the international firm, taking up the position of Business Development Manager.Admitted in 1998, Sarah has worked in New Zealand, England, and Singapore.She will be combining her role at Lexvoco with her current position as Principal Legal Advisor at Tasman District Council. ... More about Sarah Taylor joins Lexvoco.

27 September 2017
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Juno Law welcomes Sally Parker

After graduating in 1999, Sally Parker worked in commercial and technology teams at national law firms, at a telecommunications provider in London, and as NZ Legal Counsel and Company Secretary at Nokia New Zealand.She has also advised on complex and high value technology projects among a broad range of legal, ... More about Juno Law welcomes Sally Parker.

27 September 2017
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Promotion at Linwood Law

After joining Linwood Law in 2016, Paulette Cavanagh (nee Petelo) has been welcomed into the firm’s partnership (incorporating Richardson & Co) as of 1 October, 2017.After graduating from Canterbury University, Paulette practised law for several years in Hawera and Ashburton.Her main area of practise is commercial and property law, and ... More about Promotion at Linwood Law.

25 September 2017
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Lane Neave appoints new Partner

Evelyn Jones has been promoted to partner at Lane Neave's Auckland office.Evelyn is a specialist banking and financial services lawyer with more than ten years’ experience in all aspects of banking and financial services law.She has previously worked at firms in both New Zealand and London and has also worked ... More about Lane Neave appoints new Partner.

11 September 2017
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Juno Legal expands team

Flexible legal services provider Juno Legal has expanded with the addition of two senior legal counsel.Sarah Graydon and Jenny Spillane have joined Matt Farrington, Marissa Flowerday and Helen Mackay in the Juno team. Sarah has a broad range of legal experience spanning the corporate, commercial, health and telecommunications sectors. Most ... More about Juno Legal expands team.

6 September 2017
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Six promotions at Chapman Tripp

Auckland James Glover is a senior solicitor in Chapman Tripp’s private client team.James has a broad knowledge and experience of trust law in a private client and commercial setting and will be advising on all aspects of trust formation, administration, structuring and succession planning.Nicola de Wit specialises in resource management ... More about Six promotions at Chapman Tripp.

31 August 2017
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Australasian award for Claudia King

New Plymouth-based Claudia King of Automio was the sole New Zealand award winner at the LexisNexis and Janders Dean 2017 Legal Innovation Index, presented in Sydney on 30 August 2017.Ms King won an award in the individual category for development of Automion, which is an interview bot and document-builder in ... More about Australasian award for Claudia King.

29 August 2017
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Promotions at Burton Partners

Nick Lovegrove has been appointed Partner.Nick Lovegrove Nick was admitted in June 2005 after graduating from the University of Otago.He joined Burton Partners in 2013 and practises in the commercial and corporate arena with particular focus on commercial acquisitions and structuring.Alex Foo appointed Senior Associate Alex Foo Alex Foo has ... More about Promotions at Burton Partners.

24 August 2017
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New Barrister joins Eldon Chambers

Sarah Wroe has started as a barrister sole at Auckland’s Eldon Chambers.With over 16 years’ experience as a litigator, including 8 years working as a barrister in England, Sarah joins Paul David QC and Peter Andrew.She practises in civil litigation with a particular focus on building defects, property and insurance ... More about New Barrister joins Eldon Chambers.

24 August 2017
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Rainey Collins Lawyers appointments

Rainey Collins Lawyers has announced three appointments and promotions.Kirsten Ferguson. Kirsten Ferguson has returned to the firm as a senior associate with the Business and Personal Legal Services team.Kirsten has LLB(Hons) and BA(Hons) degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and was admitted in September 2004.She assists clients with sales and ... More about Rainey Collins Lawyers appointments.

17 August 2017
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New chair of Family Law section

An Auckland barrister and mediator has been appointed as the new chair of the Family Law Section for the New Zealand Law Society.Kirsty Swadling has a rich and diverse legal background and has been practising law for about 30 years.Ms Swadling is based at Ponsonby Chambers and takes over the ... More about New chair of Family Law section.

17 August 2017
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Buddle Findlay makes appointments

Buddle Findlay has appointed four staff to senior associate and senior solicitor roles. Sarah McEwan. Sarah McEwan has been appointed senior associate in the Auckland corporate and commercial team. Sarah specialises in corporate and securities law with a particular interest in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. She has worked ... More about Buddle Findlay makes appointments.

17 August 2017
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AMINZ Council appointments

The Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) has confirmed the election results for two positions on its ruling Council.Nicole Smith, an arbitration practitioner based in Tauranga, with a strong interest in international dispute resolution, was elected for the first time to the seven-member board that oversees the country’s ... More about AMINZ Council appointments.

17 August 2017
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Promotion at BSA Law

Greg Smith has been promoted to the partnership at BSA Law. Greg SmithHe joined the firm in May 2011 following his return from the UK where he worked in both the private and public sector.Greg works across a wide range of property matters specialising in commercial leasing, development and general ... More about Promotion at BSA Law.

17 August 2017
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Two AMINZ Council appointments

The Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) has confirmed the election results for two positions on its ruling Council.Nicole Smith, an arbitration practitioner based in Tauranga, with a strong interest in international dispute resolution, was elected for the first time to the seven-member board that oversees the country’s ... More about Two AMINZ Council appointments.

14 August 2017
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New AWS Legal partner

Chris Menzies has been welcomed into the partnership of AWS Legal.Chris joined AWS Legal in 2010 after completing his law degree at University of Otago.He specialises in rural law, and also advises on business and commercial transactions, residential sales and purchases and private client affairs.Chris manages AWS Legal’s new branch ... More about New AWS Legal partner.

10 August 2017
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NZAMI Immigration Award finalists

Two lawyers are among the finalists announced in the 2017 New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) Immigration Awards.The awards will be presented at the NZAMI Conference in Auckland on 18 August, and have five categories.The finalists in the Immigration Adviser or Lawyer of the Year are Borey Chum ... More about NZAMI Immigration Award finalists.

3 August 2017
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Two lawyers join Hudson Gavin Martin

Technology, media and IP boutique, Hudson Gavin Martin, has two new team members.Andrew Dentice has joined as a senior associate in the ICT team. Andrew specialises in technology and commercial law. Andrew Dentice. He has just returned from London, having worked at Taylor Wessing, focusing on ICT-based transactions and projects, ... More about Two lawyers join Hudson Gavin Martin.

3 August 2017
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DLA Piper appoints three NZ Special Counsel

DLA Piper in New Zealand has appointed three Special Counsel.Brad Cuff practises mainly in insurance law acting for insurance companies on litigated and disputed claims. He also has extensive experience in professional indemnity litigation acting for professionals, including doctors, accountants, solicitors, financial advisers and engineers in New Zealand and Australia.Richard ... More about DLA Piper appoints three NZ Special Counsel.

28 July 2017
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Ben Keith joining Thorndon Chambers

Ben Keith is joining Thorndon Chambers, Wellington in August 2017 at the conclusion of his appointment as the first Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.Ben was also previously Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office responsible for administrative, constitutional, human rights and public international law.He was a member of the ... More about Ben Keith joining Thorndon Chambers.

26 July 2017
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Buddle Findlay appoints two special counsel

Buddle Findlay has promoted two lawyers to special counsel. Hamish Selby. Hamish Selby in the firm’s Auckland office specialises in intellectual property.Admitted in May 2001, he advises on the identification, development, protection, registration, use, commercialisation, enforcement and management of intellectual property rights and portfolios, including trade marks, registered designs, copyright, ... More about Buddle Findlay appoints two special counsel.

13 July 2017
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Lane Neave promotes five lawyers

Lane Neave has promoted Joshua Leckie to the partnership. Based in the Queenstown office, Joshua was admitted in July 2009 after graduating LLB, BSc from the University of Otago. Joshua Leckie. He specialises in resource management and commercial property and worked at a major New Zealand law firm before joining ... More about Lane Neave promotes five lawyers.

12 July 2017
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Wynn Williams promotes two lawyers

Sinead Hart has joined Wynn Williams corporate and commercial team in the Auckland office as a senior associate.She has over 15 years’ international legal experience gained at major accounting and law firms, and moved to New Zealand in 2010.Sinead specialises in corporate advisory work and has experience in litigation and ... More about Wynn Williams promotes two lawyers.

12 July 2017
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Jane Searle new Child Matters CEO

Former lawyer Jane Searle has been appointed the new chief executive of the child advocacy organisation Child Matters.Ms Searle worked as a barrister and solicitor practising criminal and family law before joining the New Zealand Police where she worked in the child abuse team as a detective.She has spent the ... More about Jane Searle new Child Matters CEO.

10 July 2017
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Katrina Hammon becomes partner at Duncan Cotterill

Katrina Hammon has become a partner in Duncan Cotterill’s Auckland office.She specialises in franchising, distribution and licensing with a particular focus on retail, intellectual property, network growth and international expansion.Before joining Duncan Cotterill Katrina was the senior legal counsel at SumoSalad Group and a senior associate at global firm Norton ... More about Katrina Hammon becomes partner at Duncan Cotterill.

4 July 2017
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WRMK Lawyers appoint new Director

WRMK Lawyers in Whangarei have appointed a new Director.Chris Taylor graduated and was admitted to the bar in 2005. In 2010, he joined the WRMK business department. Chris handles corporate and business legal matters, including securities, capital raising, funds management, contract negotiation and drafting, finance, joint ventures, limited partnerships, and ... More about WRMK Lawyers appoint new Director.

23 June 2017
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Jackie Floyd joins Fonterra legal team

Jackie Floyd has joined Fonterra’s legal team as General Counsel – Group Functions and Farm Source.Jackie was previously Associate General Counsel at Vector Ltd and the primary legal contact responsible for Vector’s customer (and brand) facing arrangements across Vector’s portfolio of businessesBefore joining Vector she was a principal at Chapman ... More about Jackie Floyd joins Fonterra legal team.

21 June 2017
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Solomons acquires new staff members

A number of new staff have joined Dunedin firm Solomons from another Dunedin-based firm. Amy Marslin. Amy Marslin has joined as a partner, specialising in property, commercial, trusts, estate planning and mental health law. Admitted in December 2002 after graduating from the University of Otago Amy joined another Dunedin firm ... More about Solomons acquires new staff members.

20 June 2017
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Disability Rights Commissioner appointed

Disability advocate and former paralympian Paula Tesoriero has been appointed as the Human Rights Commission’s next Disability Rights Commissioner.Ms Tesoriero will take up her three-year appointment on 31 July 2017, replacing Paul Gibson.Since February 2016 Ms Tesoriero has been General Manager, Systems and Partnerships with Statistics New Zealand. From 2010 ... More about Disability Rights Commissioner appointed.

20 June 2017
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Fulbright Award for Wellington lawyer

Buddle Findlay solicitor Lottie Boardman has been awarded a Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award. The award will assist her to study towards a Masters of Environmental Management at Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in Connecticut, United States.Originally from Christchurch, Lottie Boardman studied at the University of Canterbury, ... More about Fulbright Award for Wellington lawyer.

19 June 2017
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David Gubb appointed Associate

David Gubb has been appointed Associate at Mount Maunganui firm Beachside Legal.David was admitted in 2004 after graduating from Otago University. He joined the firm in 2016 after moving from Hamilton and has also worked in Te Aroha, Tauranga and London.David specialises in property and commercial law. ... More about David Gubb appointed Associate.

19 June 2017
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Elizabeth Longworth appointed to FMA

Former New Zealand lawyer Elizabeth Longworth has been appointed to the Financial Markets Authority for a three-year term.She replaces outgoing board member Shelley Cave, who has been a member of the FMA since 2011.Ms Longworth's experience includes being Inhouse Counsel at the Reserve Bank from 1987-88. Since 2003 she has ... More about Elizabeth Longworth appointed to FMA.

15 June 2017
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Honour for Lee Robinson

Saunders Robinson Brown partner Lee Robinson was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours.Mr Robinson received the award for services to the community and sport. He has been with Saunders Robinson Brown since 2001 and has extensive commercial and property law experience, ... More about Honour for Lee Robinson.

8 June 2017
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Auckland practices merge

Titirangi Law Centre (Ray Ganda) and Thomas & Co Lawyers Ltd have merged their practices. The combined practice operates from 3 Totara Avenue, New Lynn, Auckland as Thomas & Co Lawyers Ltd.The directors are Don Thomas (Managing Director), Ray Ganda, Michael Richardson and John Gandy. Alison Jones continues in the ... More about Auckland practices merge.

8 June 2017
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David Compton appointed partner of Jackson Russell

Auckland firm Jackson Russell has appointed David Compton as partner.With 17 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer he has joined the firm as a commercial property specialist.David advises clients on all facets of property matters including complex subdivisions and developments, leasehold structures, major property acquisitions, commercial leases, due diligence, disputes, ... More about David Compton appointed partner of Jackson Russell.

6 June 2017
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Tim Gresson awarded MNZM

Timaru lawyer Tim Gresson has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to law and sport.Mr Gresson, who was admitted in March 1967, is a Consultant with Gresson Dorman & Co. He was Crown Solicitor in the Timaru district ... More about Tim Gresson awarded MNZM.

1 June 2017
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Ross Knight joins TGT Legal

Ross Knight has joined Auckland firm TGT Legal as a partner.Ross was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1980 after graduating from Auckland University with LLB and LLM degrees.He specialises in trust and relationship property litigation and acts on complex cases involving significant assets, both in New Zealand and ... More about Ross Knight joins TGT Legal.

19 May 2017
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Glen Holm-Hansen joins Lowndes

Auckland firm Lowndes has appointed Glen Holm-Hansen a senior associate. Glen has practised in commercial litigation for 10 years with experience in significant investigations undertaken by the Commerce Commission under the Commerce Act and Fair Trading Act as well as other regulatory bodies including the Serious Fraud office.He regularly advises ... More about Glen Holm-Hansen joins Lowndes.

11 May 2017
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John Wayne Howell joins Mackenzie Elvin

John Wayne Howell has joined Tauranga firm Mackenzie Elvin as an Associate.John Wayne graduated from Victoria University in 2008 and began his career in Wellington before moving to Tauranga in 2014.He specialises in litigation with a focus in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defence, employment and family/relationship property matters. ... More about John Wayne Howell joins Mackenzie Elvin.

10 May 2017
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Chris Walker joins Wynyard Wood

Chris Walker has merged his practice Chris M Walker Lawyer with Wynyard Wood, effective from 1 April 2017.Chris is now practising as a consultant from the Wynyard Wood Highbrook, Auckland office. He has over 30 years’ experience practising in trust, property and business law. ... More about Chris Walker joins Wynyard Wood.

8 May 2017
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Norling Law appoints new Associate

Anna Cherkashina has joined Auckland firm Norling Law as an Associate.Anna, who is fluent in Russian, specialises in commercial litigation and has appeared as counsel in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.She has a special interest in insolvency, debt recovery and security enforcement. ... More about Norling Law appoints new Associate.

3 May 2017
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Three new associates at Fee Langstone

Auckland firm Fee Langstone has appointed three associates. Fran Darlow. Fran Darlow joined the firm in 2013 after returning from several years practising insurance law in London.Fran’s experience includes advising and acting on property insurance matters (including earthquake related work), general and product liability claims, and professional negligence claims, as ... More about Three new associates at Fee Langstone.

2 May 2017
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New DLA Piper partner

Katie Carson has joined DLA Piper’s New Zealand Financial Services team as a partner.A graduate of Oxford University, she has 20 years local and international experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.Katie has practised in partnership in New Zealand since 2012. Her specialist practice areas include securitisation and capital ... More about New DLA Piper partner.

1 May 2017
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David Carden reappointed chair of Health Professionals Disciplinary Tribunal

Auckland barrister David Carden has been reappointed as Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, for a three-year term. The re-appointment follows three years as Chair preceded by several years as a Deputy Chair. Mr Carden has practised as a barrister focusing on alternative dispute resolution in recent years, including ... More about David Carden reappointed chair of Health Professionals Disciplinary Tribunal.

20 April 2017
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Wilson Harle promotes four staff

Specialist Auckland litigation firm Wilson Harle has promoted four staff to senior solicitor positions.Rachael Baillie. Rachael Baillie has a BHSc LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland.She was admitted to the bar in 2013 and worked as a Judges Clerk at the High Court before joining Wilson Harle in 2015.Her ... More about Wilson Harle promotes four staff.

20 April 2017
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Hollister-Jones Lellman promotions

Tauranga firm Hollister-Jones Lellman has promoted three of its lawyers.Richard Jenson has become Principal of the firm. Admitted in 2008 and a Crown Counsel since 2011, Richard is a Senior Crown Prosecutor. He specialises in all aspects of criminal prosecutions in the District and High Courts, Proceeds of Crime, regulatory ... More about Hollister-Jones Lellman promotions.

13 April 2017
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Honorary doctorate for Julie Maxton

Legal academic and Royal Society Executive Director Julie Maxton has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Canterbury at its April Graduation ceremony.Dr Maxton began her career as a lecturer at the University of Canterbury after studying law at University College London. She moved to the ... More about Honorary doctorate for Julie Maxton.

10 April 2017
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Harkness Henry promotions

Hamilton firm Harkness Henry has announced three promotions. Geraldine Austin. Geraldine Austin has been promoted to Senior Associate. Geraldine was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2003 and joined the firm the same year. She specialises in the areas of residential property, relationship property and estate planning. Erica Quilter. ... More about Harkness Henry promotions.

7 April 2017
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Kahu Simmonds new Principal at Wackrow Williams & Davies Ltd

Kahu Simmonds has joined Auckland based firm Wackrow Williams & Davies Ltd as a Principal.Kahu lives and will be practising in Christchurch and will develop the firm’s commercial practice there. He specialises in commercial property and leasing, buying and selling businesses, residential property, building contracts and general commercial law. Kahu ... More about Kahu Simmonds new Principal at Wackrow Williams & Davies Ltd.

4 April 2017
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Brendan Cash joins Kensington Swan

Brendan Cash has joined Kensington Swan and will lead the firm’s Construction team in Wellington. He will be formally appointed as a partner once regulatory requirements are fulfilled.Brendan is an experienced construction and commercial litigator and has worked with clients in their dispute resolution strategies for large scale infrastructure projects ... More about Brendan Cash joins Kensington Swan.

22 March 2017
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Esther Bennett joins Buddle Findlay

Esther Bennett has joined Buddle Findlay's Wellington office as a senior solicitor in the firm's environment and resource management team.Before joining Buddle Findlay, Esther worked in the regulatory and professional discipline team at a London-based law firm.Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in February 2012, she has previously worked for ... More about Esther Bennett joins Buddle Findlay.

16 March 2017
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Don Mackinnon appointed to IAAF Panel

The managing partner of Auckland employment law firm SBM Legal, Don Mackinnon, has been appointed to the three-person independent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Vetting Panel.The inaugural panel has been appointed to act until the 2019 IAAF Congress. It was appointed following a recruitment process where 37 people were ... More about Don Mackinnon appointed to IAAF Panel.

15 March 2017
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Timothy Orr joins Martelli McKegg

Timothy Orr has joined Auckland law firm Martelli McKegg as an associate in their trusts and estates team.He advises on all aspects of trust creation and administration, estate administration and asset planning matters.Tim was previously the ADLSi Documents and Precedents Manager before spending three years in an Auckland-based firm. ... More about Timothy Orr joins Martelli McKegg.

7 March 2017
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Camilla Belich joins Bartlett Law

Camilla Belich joined Wellington boutique employment law firm Bartlett Law as a Senior Associate in January 2017.Camilla has returned to New Zealand after several years working as an employment lawyer in London. This included acting as instructing solicitor in the European Union Court of Justice.She has a particular interest in ... More about Camilla Belich joins Bartlett Law.

3 March 2017
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Two Mackenzie Elvin lawyers promoted

Tauranga firm Mackenzie Elvin has promoted two of its lawyers to Associates.Clare Murphy specialises in family law. She graduated at Otago University and worked at a Wellington firm before joining Mackenzie Elvin in 2014. Clare represents clients in court on a regular basis and her areas of expertise include relationship ... More about Two Mackenzie Elvin lawyers promoted.

3 March 2017
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Six new appointments at Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson has appointed five senior associates and a senior litigation adviser.Dominic Toomey has been promoted to senior associate as a member of the Auckland transactional banking and finance group. Dominic’s practice focuses on property financing and leveraged transactions. He also has specialist knowledge in complex receivables financing and development ... More about Six new appointments at Simpson Grierson.

3 March 2017
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New partner at Hesketh Henry

Transport and trade specialist Simon Cartwright has re-joined the Hesketh Henry partnership after 16 years working in London and Dubai.He was previously a partner in the international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan, leading its shipping and commodities team in the Middle East.Mr Cartwright is qualified in New Zealand and England ... More about New partner at Hesketh Henry.

2 March 2017
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Shieff Angland appoints Senior Associate

Auckland firm Shieff Angland has appointed Shan Langston as Senior Associate.Shan is a member of the firm’s litigation team, specialising in commercial litigation. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in May 2004. Her experience includes assisting clients in disputes relating to tortious and contractual claims, competition law, media ... More about Shieff Angland appoints Senior Associate.

2 March 2017
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Morris Legal launched

Auckland lawyer Sally Morris has launched a boutique litigation firm, Morris Legal, specialising in trust, estate and relationship property disputes. Ms Morris will be assisted by Senior Solicitor Georgia Angus.The new firm is located at the Vero Centre, Shortland Street, Auckland.Founding partner Sally Morris is admitted as a barrister and ... More about Morris Legal launched.

23 February 2017
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Fiona Carney joins Simpson Grierson

Fiona Carney has joined Simpson Grierson as a senior consultant in its health and safety advisory business.She has over 20 years' experience in the health and safety sector in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, after beginning her career in the explosives industry. She has worked in health and safety ... More about Fiona Carney joins Simpson Grierson.

9 February 2017
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New CR Law partner

Kirsten Harper became a partner at CR Law Lawyers on 16 January and will be based in CR Law’s Feilding office. Before joining the firm Kirsten was in partnership with another Manawatu-based firm. Her main focus is property law, including all aspects of commercial, rural and residential. She is also ... More about New CR Law partner.

1 February 2017
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Buddle Findlay Associates promoted

Buddle Findlay has promoted eight Associates to Senior Associate.Mark Davis is based in the Auckland office and specialises in banking and finance. He has a broad range of experience in advising lenders and borrowers on domestic and cross-border financings, with an emphasis on leveraged and acquisition finance, syndicated lending and ... More about Buddle Findlay Associates promoted.

27 January 2017
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Promotions at Wynn Williams

Wynn Williams has promoted and welcomed a number of staff in recent months.Lucy de Latour became a partner in the Resource Management and Environmental Law team on 9 January. Admitted in September 2007, Lucy joined Wynn Williams in 2013 and specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law.Stephen Lowe ... More about Promotions at Wynn Williams.

26 January 2017
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Barrister appointed to ERA

Silverdale barrister Jenni-Maree Trotman has been appointed as a new Member of the Employment Relations Authority.Ms Trotman holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Auckland. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in June 1999 and has been a barrister sole since October 2005.She specialises in employment ... More about Barrister appointed to ERA.

18 January 2017
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Four new Associates for Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper has appointed four new associates. Sarah Duncraft. Sarah Duncraft is a member of the Auckland Property team. Admitted in 2011, Sarah advises clients on a range of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and divestments, leasing, subdivision and construction matters. Tim Grimwood. Tim Grimwood is a member of the ... More about Four new Associates for Anthony Harper.

18 January 2017
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Buddle Findlay appoints two partners

Buddle Findlay has announced the appointment of two new partners, effective from 1 January 2017. David Broadmore. David Broadmore (Auckland, Litigation) specialises in commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in resolving insolvency, professional negligence, property, construction, insurance and contractual disputes. He advises and acts for financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, insurers, ... More about Buddle Findlay appoints two partners.

18 January 2017
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Rainbow Tick for Bell Gully

Bell Gully has become the third New Zealand law firm to be awarded the Rainbow Tick, certifying that it is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation.The Rainbow Tick team worked with Bell Gully’s LGBT committee and HR teams to review current ... More about Rainbow Tick for Bell Gully.

18 January 2017
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James Wilkinson joins Gibson Sheat

James Wilkinson has joined Gibson Sheat’s Lower Hutt office as a Principal. James was previously a partner with Jackson Russell in Auckland and Brandons in Wellington.James was admitted in May 2001. He has over 15 years' experience in a wide range of property, trust and private client matters, and is ... More about James Wilkinson joins Gibson Sheat.

15 December 2016
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Two new lawyers at Hauraki Gulf Law

Megan Price and Holly Goodwin have joined Waiheke Island firm Hauraki Gulf Law Ltd.Megan Price is admitted to both the New Zealand (in October 2016) and Australia bars as a barrister and solicitor, and is currently working with the commercial, conveyancing and trusts teams.Holly Goodwin was admitted to the New ... More about Two new lawyers at Hauraki Gulf Law.

5 December 2016
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Rabin Rabindran deputy chair of DHB

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has appointed barrister Rabin Rabindran as Deputy Chairperson of the Counties Manukau District Health Board.Mr Rabindran is a commercial barrister specialising in major project negotiation and documentation. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court in September 1988.Mr Rabindran is currently a ... More about Rabin Rabindran deputy chair of DHB.

2 December 2016
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Wakatu appoints first CEO in four years

The Nelson-based multinational commercial enterprise, Wakatū, has appointed its current General Counsel, Kerensa Johnston as its new chief executive.“Caring for the whenua on which our assets depend, and nurturing the talents of our people have been, and will always be, critical to our success,” said Ms Johnston.Wakatū was established in ... More about Wakatu appoints first CEO in four years .

30 November 2016
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Jane Meares appointed to head TAIC

Wellington barrister Jane Meares has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.Auckland barrister Richard Marchant has been appointed as a Commissioner.The appointments are made by the Governor General on the recommendation of Transport Minister Simon Bridges.Ms Meares was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in October 1990 ... More about Jane Meares appointed to head TAIC.

24 November 2016
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Churchill Fellowship for Michael Cameron

Department of Corrections in-house lawyer Michael Cameron has been awarded a 2017 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.One of 18 fellows in 2017, Michael will travel to Washington in the United States to study world-leading laws and processes for protecting the community against dangerous former offenders, while protecting the rights of ... More about Churchill Fellowship for Michael Cameron.

24 November 2016
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Buddle Findlay becomes Halberg sponsor

Buddle Findlay says it has become a key sponsor of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.The Foundation works with talented young sportspeople and their families to provide them with support to pursue their sporting dreams, and to benefit from sport and recreation.Buddle Findlay says it will provide the Foundation with financial ... More about Buddle Findlay becomes Halberg sponsor.

23 November 2016
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Shaan Ross establishes Statera Legal

Shaan Ross has returned from maternity leave to establish Statera Legal, a virtual provider of legal assistance services to law firms and legal practitioners.Shaan was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2007 and Western Australia in 2009 and has over five years' experience working in commercial law.She spent four ... More about Shaan Ross establishes Statera Legal.

23 November 2016
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Four staff promoted by Glaister Ennor

Auckland law firm Glaister Ennor has promoted four staff.Wayne Pearson has been made a consultant. Wayne is a member of the firm's commercial team and specialises in the development and implementation of customised trust, estate and wealth planning solutions.Stephanie Lau has become a senior associate. Stephanie is a member of ... More about Four staff promoted by Glaister Ennor.

18 November 2016
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NZ Law Award winners announced

The winners of the 12th annual New Zealand Law Awards have been announced in Auckland.BlackmanSpargo Rural Law Ltd won the Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year, with Dean and Associates highly commended. Webb Henderson was winner of the Boutique Law Firm of the Year, with Simmonds Stewart highly commended.Anderson Lloyd ... More about NZ Law Award winners announced.

17 November 2016
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Beth Smith joins Norling Law team

Beth Smith has joined Auckland law firm Norling Law as a solicitor.Beth has worked in litigation departments of law firms in Auckland and Dublin since 2007. She has experience in general commercial litigation and an interest in litigation involving liquidations, bankruptcies, and receiverships. Beth also has experience in debt litigation ... More about Beth Smith joins Norling Law team.

10 November 2016
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Whanganui Crown Solicitor appointed

Attorney-General Christoper Finlayson has announced the appointment of Michele Marina Wilkinson-Smith as Crown Solicitor for Whanganui, effective from 1 December 2016.She takes over the role from Lance Rowe following his appointment as a District Court Judge in April 2016.Ms Wilkinson-Smith graduated from the University of Auckland with a LLB(Hons) in ... More about Whanganui Crown Solicitor appointed.

3 November 2016
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New appointments at Govett Quilliam

New Plymouth law firm Govett Quilliam has made four new appointments.Catherine Grogan and Will Downey have been appointed associates. Catherine works as a commercial lawyer in the firm’s Inglewood office and specialises in farming transactions but also general property and company related matters. Will also specialises in commercial law and ... More about New appointments at Govett Quilliam.

3 November 2016
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Sarah Jameson joins Crown Law

Sarah Jameson has joined Crown Law’s Wellington office as an Assistant Crown Counsel in the revenue team.Sarah was admitted in September 2013.She has a background in tax law and policy from her time in the Legal and Technical Services and Policy Advice and Strategy units at Inland Revenue and will ... More about Sarah Jameson joins Crown Law.

27 October 2016
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IFLR1000 rankings released

The IFLR1000 2017 Guide to Leading Financial Law Firms has been published, with 55 New Zealand lawyers rated as Financial and Corporate Leading Lawyers, and one rated as a Rising Star.IFLR - the International Financial Law Review - was first published in 1982 and is a London-based organisation. It is ... More about IFLR1000 rankings released.

20 October 2016
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Five lawyers join Buddle Findlay

Five lawyers have joined Buddle Findlay. Charlotte Hendriks has joined the firm's Auckland office as a solicitor in the employment and general litigation teams. Charlotte advises on a range of employment matters, including holiday and leave entitlements, redundancies and general employment agreements. She also assists with general litigation matters, including ... More about Five lawyers join Buddle Findlay.

20 October 2016
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Lawyer changes at Wynn Williams

Two lawyers have joined Wynn Williams and another has been promoted.Hazel Bowering-Scott was promoted to solicitor in the Christchurch insurance team. Hazel was admitted in September 2016.Jasmine Koh has started in the Auckland branch corporate and finance team as an associate. Jasmine was admitted in June 2010.Victoria Hadlow has started ... More about Lawyer changes at Wynn Williams.

13 October 2016
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Gibson Sheat promotes two to Associate

Gibson Sheat has announced the appointment of legal executives Marie Colling and Paula Campbell as Associates.Marie joined Gibson Sheat in August 2004 and is a member of the Wellington office property team, with experience in all aspects of personal and investment property transactions, as well as subdivisions, trusts, wills and ... More about Gibson Sheat promotes two to Associate.

12 October 2016
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New chair for NZ LAW Ltd

NZ LAW Ltd has appointed Kristine King as its new chair, succeeding Auckland lawyer Michael Busch who has retired from the board.Two new directors have also been elected - Natalie Gaskin and Daniel (Dan) Moore - effective from 7 October 2016.Ms King was elected to NZ LAW's board in 2012. ... More about New chair for NZ LAW Ltd.

6 October 2016
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Anderson Lloyd moves Auckland office

Anderson Lloyd says it has moved its Auckland office into Britomart's Australis Nathan Building.Built in 1903 and 1904 respectively, the Nathan Building and Australis House, at 33-37 Galway Street, right on the edge of Britomart's Takutai Square, originally served as shop fronts and storage for two local merchants.The buildings are ... More about Anderson Lloyd moves Auckland office.

29 September 2016
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New director for Lyon O'Neale Arnold

Tauranga law firm Lyon O'Neale Arnold Lawyers Ltd has appointed Nick Earl as a director.Nick joined Lyon O'Neale Arnold in 2010, after completing a double degree in Law and Commerce at Victoria University, and being admitted in July 2010.He specialises in property, commercial and trust law, and advises clients ... More about New director for Lyon O'Neale Arnold.

22 September 2016
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New appointments at DAC Beachcroft

DAC Beachcroft New Zealand has appointed Rebecca Scott as a partner in its Auckland office. Rebecca specialises in employment law, professional liability and insurance. Richard Flinn has been made a principal in the firm's Wellington office. Richard is a general insurance litigator who specialises in professional indemnity and statutory liability. ... More about New appointments at DAC Beachcroft.

16 September 2016
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GreenwoodRoche appoints principal

GreenwoodRoche has appointed Nick Dunn as a principal in its Wellington office.Nick specialises in commercial and property law, with particular experience in large-scale acquisitions and divestments, commercial leasing, infrastructure projects and commercial contract negotiations.He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 2003. ... More about GreenwoodRoche appoints principal.

16 September 2016
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New staff at Johnston Lawrence

Penny Liu has joined Wellington law firm Johnston Lawrence as a senior associate. Penny was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in July 2008 and will work in the firm's business and property team. Her specialist areas include business sale and purchase, franchising, commercial leasing and wealth protection. Penny speaks ... More about New staff at Johnston Lawrence.

29 August 2016
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Brian Geary joins Stephens Lawyers

Wellington law firm Stephens Lawyers has announced that Brian Geary of Brian Geary Law Office has merged his practice with Stephens Lawyers and will practice from their offices at 89 The Terrace, Wellington.Brian Geary has over 45 years' experience as a barrister and solicitor and specialises in property, commercial, family ... More about Brian Geary joins Stephens Lawyers.

25 August 2016
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Sarah Ongley associate at SBM Legal

Sarah Ongley has joined Auckland law firm SBM Legal as an associate.Sarah has a BCom LLB from Otago University and was admitted in September 2005. She has experience in employment and general litigation in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.Before joining SBM Legal, Sarah was employed as an associate in ... More about Sarah Ongley associate at SBM Legal.

25 August 2016
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Anthony Harper announces appointments

Anthony Harper has announced a series of appointments.They are: Kevin Patterson, special counsel - employment; Ethelred Chey, associate - employment; Pip Breitmeyer, associate - banking and finance; Alice Chan, solicitor - banking and finance; Cornelia Mu, solicitor - corporate advisory; Miranda Gray, solicitor - litigation; Harriet Quinlan, solicitor - litigation; ... More about Anthony Harper announces appointments.

25 August 2016
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Two barristers join Barristers.Comm

Gordon Davis and Edward Power have joined Barristers.Comm in Wellington.Gordon Davis was admitted in December 1981 and specialises in providing advice and litigation services in civil disputes and public law. His areas of work include employment law, reviews, inquiries and investigations, governance and machinery of government in the State sector ... More about Two barristers join Barristers.Comm.

25 August 2016
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Gareth Abdinor joins Malley & Co

Gareth Abdinor has joined Christchurch firm Malley & Co as a consultant to lead the employment and health and safety practice.Gareth was admitted in July 2006 and he holds MA and LLB degrees.As well as employment law, Gareth has a particular interest in privacy and cyber law. He is a ... More about Gareth Abdinor joins Malley & Co.

25 August 2016
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Lawyer among CERT advisors

Lowndes Jordan partner Rick Shera is one of nine people appointed to the CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) Establishment Advisory Board.The Board will provide advice to the Minister for Communications and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the establishment of a national CERT.The CERT will sit at the ... More about Lawyer among CERT advisors.

11 August 2016
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Catherine Fry begins practice as barrister

Catherine Fry has begun practice as a barrister based at Southern Cross Chambers, Auckland. Catherine specialises in litigation and advocacy involving information technology, intellectual property, company law, contract and torts. Before joining the independent bar, Catherine worked in the litigation teams of a specialist intellectual property law firm and a ... More about Catherine Fry begins practice as barrister.

11 August 2016
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Katrina Hammon joins Duncan Cotterill

Katrina Hammon has joined Duncan Cotterill as an associate. Katrina adds specialist experience in retail, franchising and licensing to the team. She will be based in the Auckland office, but will service clients nationwide. Katrina was formerly senior legal counsel at SumoSalad Group and a senior associate at Norton Rose ... More about Katrina Hammon joins Duncan Cotterill.

10 August 2016
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Gary Hughes moves to independent bar

Gary Hughes has commenced practice as a barrister, helping to establish the new Akarana Chambers in Auckland.Gary has 21 years experience providing advocacy and strategic risk advice. He specialises in regulatory investigations, disputes, and approvals and contract, commercial, insurance and financial services cases. Gary was previously a partner at ... More about Gary Hughes moves to independent bar.

5 August 2016
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Nicola Ridder rejoins Buddle Findlay as a senior associate

Nicola Ridder has rejoined Buddle Findlay's Wellington office as a senior associate in the litigation team. Nicola specialises in employment and industrial relations, health law, and dispute resolution. She has particular expertise in the public health sector, and represents individuals and employers in both the public and private sectors. Before ... More about Nicola Ridder rejoins Buddle Findlay as a senior associate .

3 August 2016
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Clare Maddocks joins Stephens Lawyers

Wellington law firm Stephens Lawyers says Claire Maddocks has joined the firm as a Senior Associate (Legal Executive).Claire has over 25 years' experience specialising in the buying and selling of real estate, wills, trustrs and estates, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and asset planning.She joins Stephens Lawyers from another Wellington law ... More about Clare Maddocks joins Stephens Lawyers.

2 August 2016
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Jonathan Robinson appointed PCO Access to Legislation Director

Jonathan Robinson has been appointed Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel (Director Access to Legislation) at the Parliamentary Counsel Office, effective from 29 August 2016.Mr Robinson is currently Executive Director of Resources and Legal Services with the Environment Agency in England.He has significant experience in the development of policy and legislation, including ... More about Jonathan Robinson appointed PCO Access to Legislation Director.

28 July 2016
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Tanya Young joins Anderson Lloyd

Tanya Young has joined Anderson Lloyd. Tanya worked for the firm as a summer clerk in 2014 and a law clerk in 2015. She was admitted in July 2016 and is now a solicitor in the Auckland commercial team where she works primarily on infrastructure, construction, banking and finance matters. ... More about Tanya Young joins Anderson Lloyd.

27 July 2016
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Daniel Wong appointed to NZSO Board

Lawyer Daniel Wong has been appointed to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says."Mr Wong has an extensive background in the corporate legal sector in New Zealand and the UK, and is the director and co-founder of the Auckland based specialist corporate law ... More about Daniel Wong appointed to NZSO Board.

14 July 2016
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Three lawyers join Buddle Findlay

Samantha Barrington Prowse has rejoined Buddle Findlay's Wellington office as a senior associate in the banking and finance, and corporate and commercial teams. Samantha advises on corporate transactional banking, acquisition finance, property finance, debt restructuring and recovery as well as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate advisory matters. ... More about Three lawyers join Buddle Findlay.

14 July 2016
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Danny Tuato'o promoted to Associate

Danny Tuato'o has been made an associate at Marsden Woods Inskip Smith in Whangarei. Danny has been part of the firm since 2014 in the property and commercial team. He practises in residential and rural property, business sales and purchases including leases, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, easements and advising ... More about Danny Tuato'o promoted to Associate.

14 July 2016
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New lawyers join Morrison Kent

Debbie Dunbar has joined Morrison Kent in Wellington as a partner, adding a family law practice to the firm. Debbie specialises in all areas of family law, with a focus on separation and relationship property matters as well as contested estates. Maretta Twentyman has joined the family law team at ... More about New lawyers join Morrison Kent.

14 July 2016
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New special counsel at Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay has appointed two new special counsel. Myles O'Brien advises on transactional banking and restructuring in the Auckland insolvency team. Myles specialises in advising financiers on corporate transactional banking and property finance and also advises financiers and insolvency practitioners in relation to distressed debt solutions and enforcement of security. ... More about New special counsel at Buddle Findlay.

14 July 2016
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Catherine Deans promoted at Claro

Catherine Deans has been promoted to senior solicitor at health law specialist firm Claro. Catherine is based in Claro's Christchurch office, having previously worked in the litigation team at Chapman Tripp and then for a human rights firm in India. She joined Claro in February 2015 after completing her LLM ... More about Catherine Deans promoted at Claro.

5 July 2016
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FMA reappoints Code Committee members

The Financial Markets Authority has announced the reappointment of two members of the Code Committee. The Committee was established in July 2009 to draft a code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisers.Kensington Swan partner David Ireland, Chair, and insurance broker Gary Young have each agreed to extend their term ... More about FMA reappoints Code Committee members.

5 July 2016
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Karin Thomas appointed to REAA

Hamilton lawyer Karin Thomas has been appointed a member of the Real Estate Agents Authority, replacing David Russell.Her appointment, from 1 July 2016, is for a three-year term.Ms Thomas was admitted in September 1997 and holds a law degree and post-graduate diploma in strategic leadership and management from the University ... More about Karin Thomas appointed to REAA.

30 June 2016
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Justice Patrick Keane retires

One of New Zealand's longest-serving judges, Justice Patrick Keane, has retired as a Judge of the High Court after 27 years as a member of the judiciary. Justice Keane. "You are the essence of what a Judge should be," New Zealand Law Society President Kathryn Beck told Justice Keane's final ... More about Justice Patrick Keane retires.

30 June 2016
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McWilliam Rennie team expands

Wellington family law firm McWilliam Rennie has announced the appointment of two new Associates.Emma Cooney graduated from Victoria University BCA/LLB and began working in family and criminal law in 2007. Emma works across all areas of family law and has been included on the Court-appointed Lawyer for Child list. She ... More about McWilliam Rennie team expands.

30 June 2016
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Rainbow Tick for Russell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh says it has been awarded Rainbow Tick certification.The Rainbow Tick programme is designed to help an organisation ensure it is a safe and welcoming workplace for employees of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation.Becoming certified involves an audit of relevant documents and the use of two focus groups. ... More about Rainbow Tick for Russell McVeagh.

27 June 2016
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NZLS Auckland branch Council elected

The Auckland branch of the New Zealand Law Society has elected its Council for the 2016/17 year. The branch has a new President, Kensington Swan partner David Campbell.Mr Campbell was elected unopposed and succeeds Glaister Ennor partner Tim Jones, who was appointed New Zealand Law Society Vice-President, Auckland in April ... More about NZLS Auckland branch Council elected.

23 June 2016
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NZLS Otago branch Council elected

The Otago branch of the New Zealand Law Society has elected its Council for the 2016/17 year.President: Frazer Barton.Vice-President: John Farrow.Immediate Past President: David Robinson.Council: Karilyn Canton, Taryn Gudmanz, Jo Hambleton, Craig Power, Lucia Vincent.Central Otago Representative: Dale Lloyd.Oamaru Representative: Phil Hope.OWLS Representative: Kim Jarvis.New Practitioners' Representative: Adam Keith. ... More about NZLS Otago branch Council elected.

23 June 2016
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NZLS Wellington branch Council elected

The New Zealand Law Society Wellington branch has elected the following Council members for 2016/17:President: David Dunbar.Vice-Presidents: Annette Gray, Mark Wilton.Council Members: Melanie Baker, Sue Barker, Stephanie Dyhrberg, Chris Griggs, Yemo Guo, Mike Lennard, Chris O'Connor, Megan Paish, Cathy Rodgers, Julia White.Wairarapa Representative: Jessie Hunt.ILANZ Representative: Jeremy Ford.Young Lawyers' Committee ... More about NZLS Wellington branch Council elected.

16 June 2016
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Viv Zhang and Doris Tu promoted

Viv Zhang and Doris Tu have both been promoted to associate at Christchurch law firm Parry Field Lawyers. The pair are involved in the firm's Asia practice. Viv Zhang has a law degree from Taiyuan University in China and an LLM from Canterbury University. Her areas of practice are immigration, ... More about Viv Zhang and Doris Tu promoted.

2 June 2016
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Three new associates at Wynn Williams

Wynn Williams has announced the promotion of three lawyers to Associate. All are based in Christchurch.Pip Allan is part of the Insurance team. She is involved in acting for both insurers and policyholders in matters involving both domestic and commercial insurance. She was admitted in September 2012.David Dingwall joined the ... More about Three new associates at Wynn Williams.

2 June 2016
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Chapman Tripp announces 10 promotions

Chapman Tripp has announced 10 promotions in its Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington offices, effective from 1 June 2016.Promoted to senior associateKirsten Todd, Corporate, Christchurch: Kirsten specialises in corporate and commercial law with a particular focus in banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, commercial contracts, and statutory and regulatory compliance. She ... More about Chapman Tripp announces 10 promotions.

16 May 2016
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Former professional rugby player becomes solicitor at Buddle Findlay, Auckland

Adam Siddall has joined Buddle Findlay's Auckland office as a solicitor in the property team. He advises on a range of commercial property matters including leasing, acquisitions, disposals and proposed development. Before joining Buddle Findlay, Adam Siddall completed his Master of Laws at the University of Southern California.Prior to a ... More about Former professional rugby player becomes solicitor at Buddle Findlay, Auckland.

29 April 2016
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Lawyer appointed to NZ on Air Board

Wellington lawyer John McCay has been appointed a board member of NZ on Air, effective from 1 May 2016.Mr McCay is a partner in the Wellington office of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, with extensive experience in corporate and commercial law. He is an experienced sport, technology, media and entertainment lawyer ... More about Lawyer appointed to NZ on Air Board.

28 April 2016
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2016 Global Counsel shortlist announced

Lexology and the International Law Office have announced the shortlist for the 10th annual Global Counsel Awards in association with the Association of Corporate Counsel.The list has been prepared after over 4,500 individual nominations from in-house counsel and lawyers around the world.The shortlist covers both individuals and teams.The winners will ... More about 2016 Global Counsel shortlist announced.

22 April 2016
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Anderson Lloyd makes two appointments

Anderson Lloyd has made two appointments in its Christchurch commercial team.Andrew Orme has been appointed a Senior Associate. Admitted in October 2003, Andrew specialises in corporate, commercial and property.Steph Gifford has been appointed an Associate. Steph was admitted in December 2001 and specialises in property and private client matters. ... More about Anderson Lloyd makes two appointments.

22 April 2016
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Godfreys promotes Andy Ogilvie

Christchurch law firm Godfreys Law has promoted Andy Ogilvie to Associate.Andy was admitted in July 2009 and joined Godfreys Law in September 2015. Before becoming a barrister and solicitor he worked in the banking and hotel management industries, and was also Registrar of the Court of Appeal.Andy's area of practice ... More about Godfreys promotes Andy Ogilvie.

21 April 2016
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Alyn Higgins joins Quigg Partners

Alyn Higgins has joined Wellington firm Quigg Partners as a senior associate in the employment team. Alyn was admitted in April 2004. He has experience in employment law, acting for small- and medium-sized organisations and in the public sector. Alyn's specialty areas include performance management, restructures, personal grievances, drafting employment ... More about Alyn Higgins joins Quigg Partners.

21 April 2016
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Nine new staff at Wynn Williams

Wynn Williams has announced the appointment of nine new staff in its legal team. Kate Woods has joined as an associate in the resource management and environmental law team. She brings both domestic and international local government, resource management and environmental law experience. Sophie Meares has joined as an associate ... More about Nine new staff at Wynn Williams.

21 April 2016
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New NZLS Nelson branch President

Gerard Praat has been elected President of the New Zealand Law Society's Nelson branch.Mr Praat is a partner with Knapps Lawyers, which he joined in 2003 after practising in Wellington with the Wellington firm now known as Rainey Collins.He graduated from Victoria University with LLB and BCA degrees and was ... More about New NZLS Nelson branch President.

21 April 2016
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Noel Sainsbury new CBA President

Wellington barrister Noel Sainsbury is the new President of the Criminal Bar Association.Mr Sainsbury was admitted in December 1985 and began work with Richardson & McCardle in Upper Hutt. He moved to Crown prosecution with Luke Cunningham and Clere before joining Bell Gully as a commercial litigator.Mr Sainsbury moved to ... More about Noel Sainsbury new CBA President.

18 April 2016
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Susan Begg appointed to ACCC

New Zealand Commerce Commission deputy chair Susan Begg has been appointed an associate member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).Ms Begg's appointment has been made under the cross-appointment arrangement between the Commerce Commission and its Australian equivalent.The cross-appointments at associate member level between the Commerce Commission and the ... More about Susan Begg appointed to ACCC.

11 April 2016
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Alyn Higgins joins Quigg Partners

Alyn Higgins has joined Wellington firm Quigg Partners as a senior associate in the employment team. Alyn has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law acting for small and medium sized organisations and in the public sector. Alyn's areas of expertise include performance management, restructures, personal grievances, drafting employment ... More about Alyn Higgins joins Quigg Partners .

7 April 2016
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New CEO for Kensington Swan

Law firm Kensington Swan has announced the appointment of Charles Spillane as Chief Executive, effective from 11 April 2016.Charles Spillane was admitted to the bar in 1996 having graduated from the University of Auckland Law School with an LLB (Hons). After an early career in private practice where he specialised ... More about New CEO for Kensington Swan.

5 April 2016
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Lay members of High Court appointed

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC has announced four re-appointments and one new appointment of lay members of the High Court under the Commerce Act 1986.The appointments are effective from 5 April 2016. The lay members are appointed for five-year terms.Dr John Small (lay member from August 2003 to March 2014): Dr ... More about Lay members of High Court appointed.

1 April 2016
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New partner joins Russell McVeagh

Kylie Dunn has been promoted to partner at law firm Russell McVeagh.Ms Dunn was admitted in September 2003 and lead's Russell McVeagh's employment practice.She has advocacy experience at all levels of the court system. Her practice includes advising on relationships with unions, the protection of confidential information, personal grievances, employment ... More about New partner joins Russell McVeagh.

16 March 2016
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Hermann Retzlaff appointed Samoa Attorney-General

Auckland-based Public Defence Service lawyer Hermann Retzlaff has been appointed Attorney-General for Samoa.Attorney-General-designate Hermann Retzlaff Mr Retzlaff takes up his position on 18 April 2016. His father, Telefoni Retzlaff, was Attorney-General for Samoa from 1986 to 1988.Admitted in December 2003, Mr Retzlaff has worked in the Auckland, Manukau and Waitakere ... More about Hermann Retzlaff appointed Samoa Attorney-General.

16 March 2016
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Large lawyer intake at Holland Beckett

The following lawyers have recently joined Tauranga law firm Holland Beckett: Simon Rickit joins the Commercial Team in a senior role. He has experience advising various entities, from individuals and SME's through to Crown organisations and listed companies.Amy Baker started in December 2015. Her previous experience in the Public Defenders ... More about Large lawyer intake at Holland Beckett.

16 March 2016
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Rainey Collins Lawyers promotes senior solicitor

Rainey Collins Lawyers are delighted to announce the promotion to Senior Solicitor of Louisa Gommans. Louisa is a commercial solicitor with the Business and Personal Legal Services Team, assisting clients with Sales & Purchases of Businesses, Shareholders' Agreements, Terms of Trade, Company Constitutions, Commercial Advice, Property, Leases, Trusts, Asset Protection, ... More about Rainey Collins Lawyers promotes senior solicitor.

15 March 2016
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Three solicitors join Buddle Findlay

Damien Steel-Baker has joined Buddle Findlay's Wellington office as a senior solicitor in the corporate and commercial team. Damien specialises in commercial contracting and procurement with a focus on technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) matters.Kate Maclean has joined Buddle Findlay's Auckland office as a solicitor in the banking and financial ... More about Three solicitors join Buddle Findlay.

7 March 2016
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Four promotions at Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay wishes to announce the promotion of four senior associates. In the Wellington office, Anna Bloomfield specialises in civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She advises on contractual disputes, company law, Fair Trading Act claims, trust law, negligence, public law, insolvency and debt recovery, and defamation and has ... More about Four promotions at Buddle Findlay.

3 March 2016
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Chapman Tripp promotes seven

Chapman Tripp has announced the promotion of six new senior solicitors and one new senior legal advisor in its Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices, effective from 1 March 2016.New senior solicitor Philip Ascroft is based in Auckland and specialises in corporate and securities law with a particular focus on equity ... More about Chapman Tripp promotes seven.

26 February 2016
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Simpson Grierson appoints new partners

Simpson Grierson has announced the appointment of four new partners.Matt Conway becomes a partner in the Wellington local government and environment group.Commercial litigator Helen Smith has joined the Christchurch office as a partner.Stuart Evans becomes a partner in the Auckland office.Andrew Matthews becomes a partner in the Auckland office. ... More about Simpson Grierson appoints new partners.

19 February 2016
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Promotions at Anthony Harper

Alistair Law has been made a partner of Anthony Harper. Alistair, who practises property law, has moved to Anthony Harper from Chapman Tripp, where he was a senior associate. The firm has also promoted three lawyers from associate to senior associate: Chloe Jolliffe, Lisa Taylor and Tim Bunker. Anthony Harper ... More about Promotions at Anthony Harper.

19 February 2016
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Two promotions at Malley & Co

Megen McKay was recently promoted to Senior Solicitor. Megen's specialist areas are: Family and Business Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Incorporated Societies, Trustee Disputes, Estate Planning, Wills, Deeds of Family Arrangement, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Contracting Out Agreements.Sarah White was promoted to Associate. Her practice at Malley & Co is principally ... More about Two promotions at Malley & Co.

19 February 2016
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Two join Crown Law Legal Risk Group

Rosemary Dixon has joined Crown Law as Senior Crown Counsel in one of the Public Law teams in the Crown Legal Risk Group. Rosemary has a specialist resource management law background with an interest in policy (particularly freshwater and geothermal resources) and litigation. She joins Crown Law from a Special ... More about Two join Crown Law Legal Risk Group.

19 February 2016
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Brown Partners appoints three

Brown Partners has recently made three appointments. MIKE KITTO and KATHERINE BINSTED have joined the firm's property team: Mike is a consultant with over 20 years experience working with progressive firms both here and in the U.K; and Katherine has joined the firm after spending two years in London law ... More about Brown Partners appoints three.

17 February 2016
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Paula Nicolaou new Lane Neave partner

Lane Neave has announced the promotion of Paula Nicolaou to partner.Paula specialises in front-end building and construction law and has extensive experience in this area in both vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure across a range of areas including health, education, roading, rail, water, aviation, public amenities, institutional facilities and private ... More about Paula Nicolaou new Lane Neave partner.

11 February 2016
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Paul Morten joins Harbour Chambers

Barrister Paul Morten has joined Harbour Chambers in Wellington. Paul is a civil litigator with more than 30 years' experience. He practices in Wellington and in Auckland. Paul has a particular interest in commercial litigation; land law (including resource management) and commercial and residential property litigation; real estate law; employment ... More about Paul Morten joins Harbour Chambers.

11 February 2016
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Rachel Roff joins Thorndon Chambers

Rachel Roff has joined Wellington's Thorndon Chambers. Before joining the independent bar Rachel spent over eight years as a Crown Counsel in the Crown Legal Risk Group at Crown Law. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in October 2005.Rachel specialises in tax and commercial litigation and administrative law. ... More about Rachel Roff joins Thorndon Chambers.

11 February 2016
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Graeme Crombie joins Lane Neave partnership

Graeme Crombie, formely a Corporate/Commercial Partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, has joined Lane Neave in Christchurch as a Partner. Graeme specialises in advising IT suppliers and consumers. He also has experience with corporate structuring, governance and compliance, commercial contracts, procurement and tendering, consumer issues, privacy, and oil and gas regulatory compliance. ... More about Graeme Crombie joins Lane Neave partnership.

11 February 2016
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Two appointments at Crown Law

David Jacyk has joined Crown Law's Wellington office as a Crown Counsel in the Revenue Team. David has practised tax and public law for over 20 years at the Department of Justice in Canada, appearing at all levels of the Canadian Court system, and also has New Zealand tax law ... More about Two appointments at Crown Law.

11 February 2016
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Four new partners at Duncan Cotterill

Duncan Cotterill has announced the appointment of four new partners.Sarah Watson in the Christchurch office has extensive experience as a resource management lawyer working on matters of local or national significance. She has specialist skills in the urban and rural sectors.Sarah Townsend in the Christchurch office is a specialist employment ... More about Four new partners at Duncan Cotterill.

10 February 2016
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Chambers Asia-Pacific ratings released

The international law firm rating guide Chambers & Partners has released its 2016 ratings for Asia-Pacific.The ratings of law firms and lawyers cover 41 jurisdictions and 20 specialist areas of law.English-based Chambers ranks lawyers and law firms on several factors and considerations, using a large team of researchers. It says ... More about Chambers Asia-Pacific ratings released.

5 February 2016
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Lisa Fong Acting GCSB Director

The Chief Legal Advisor at the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), Lisa Fong, will become the Acting GCSB Director from 15 February 2016.Ms Fong was admitted in January 2004. She has held her current role since April 2013 and has also spent time as Acting General Counsel for the New ... More about Lisa Fong Acting GCSB Director.

4 February 2016
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New legal counsel at AMP

Kate Driver was appointed to the role of Legal Counsel at AMP Capital on 7 December 2015. Kate specialises in financial services and funds management, advising the business on all related matters and particularly assisting AMP Capital's transition to the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. ... More about New legal counsel at AMP .

3 February 2016
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Anthony Harper appoints new CEO

Anthony Harper has appointed Lisa Jacobs as its new CEO. She has been with the firm in the role of Chief Operating Officer for the past four years.Before her move to Anthony Harper Lisa was General Counsel at NZ Funds Management for 14 years. Before that she worked at Ernst ... More about Anthony Harper appoints new CEO.

2 February 2016
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Four new senior associates at Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson has announced the appointment of four new senior associates.Mark Allen is a commercial property expert with broad experience across a range of commercial property, property development, commercial and contract matters. He has advised on projects for major corporate clients utilising his contract management and negotiation skills.Natalie Miller specialises ... More about Four new senior associates at Simpson Grierson.

2 February 2016
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New partner at DLA Piper

DLA Piper New Zealand has appointed insurance litigator Caroline Laband a partner. The firm says the appointment means it has 24 partners in New Zealand, 29% of whom are women.Ms Laband moved to New Zealand in 2008 from the United Kingdom where she practised as a barrister at 7 King's ... More about New partner at DLA Piper.

27 January 2016
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Bell Gully promotes seven

Bell Gully says it has appointed two special counsel and five new senior associates. Special counsel is a new position within the firm and Bell Gully says it recognises long serving, highly respected practitioners in the firm who demonstrate outstanding legal skills and have built reputations as trusted advisors to ... More about Bell Gully promotes seven.

26 January 2016
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New associate at Norris Ward McKinnon

Rebekah Revell has been appointed as an Associate at Norris Ward McKinnon.Rebekah is a specialist lawyer in the Family Disputes team, skilled in resolving disputes through direct negotiation and mediation. Trust and estate disputes, often with relationship property components, are a focus for Rebekah and an area of particular interest.Rebekah ... More about New associate at Norris Ward McKinnon.

18 January 2016
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British MBE for Paul Rishworth QC

Crown Counsel and Auckland University Professor Paul Rishworth QC was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Overseas List of the British New Year Honours.Professor Rishworth, who is also Attorney-General of the Pitcairn Islands, received the award for legal services in that capacity.Professor Rishworth has been a ... More about British MBE for Paul Rishworth QC.

14 January 2016
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Webb Henderson promotes Jordan Cox

Jordan Cox has been promoted to senior associate in the Auckland office of Webb Henderson.Jordan joined the firm in 2007 and is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with a particular focus on the telecommunications, media and technology and electricity sectors. He advises New Zealand and international clients on their commercial ... More about Webb Henderson promotes Jordan Cox.

14 January 2016
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Tom Elvin joins Mackenzie Elvin

Tom Elvin has joined Tauranga firm Mackenzie Elvin as a senior solicitor.Tom was admitted in December 2010 after completing BA and LLB degrees at the University of Otago. He was worked in large and boutique firms in Auckland where he has developed specialist skills in commercial, construction and property law. ... More about Tom Elvin joins Mackenzie Elvin.

11 January 2016
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John Walton is new AMINZ President

Auckland barrister John Walton has been elected President of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) following the resignation of David Patten.Mr Patten stepped down from the AMINZ presidency in December 2015 after 18 months in the role.Mr Walton is a specialist in construction law, an arbitrator and ... More about John Walton is new AMINZ President.

11 December 2015
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Justice sector science advisor appointed

University of Auckland academic Ian Lambie has been appointed to the role of Justice Sector Science Advisor.Dr Lambie is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology. His research and clinical specialty is youth offending, and child and youth forensic psychology and conduct problems.He is a member of his profession's disciplinary tribunal, and ... More about Justice sector science advisor appointed.

8 December 2015
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Two win 2015 Cleary Memorial Prize

Auckland lawyers Ashiq Hamid and Alexandra Sinclair have won the 2015 New Zealand Law Foundation Cleary Memorial Prize.The $5,000 Prize is awarded annually to a young barrister or solicitor who shows outstanding future promise in the legal profession. Ashiq Hamid.Ashiq Hamid graduated from the University of Waikato in 2011 with ... More about Two win 2015 Cleary Memorial Prize.

7 December 2015
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Three join Anderson Lloyd

Anderson Lloyd is pleased to advise that Charlotte Houghton, Jessica Barnard and Louise Trevena-Downing have recently joined the firm.Charlotte specialises in litigation and dispute resolution with a particular expertise in personal and corporate insolvency, debt recovery, and security enforcement. Charlotte also has expertise in dealing with disputes between directors, shareholders ... More about Three join Anderson Lloyd.

7 December 2015
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Stace Hammond appoints partner

North Island law firm Stace Hammond has appointed Patrick Learmonth as a partner. Patrick is an experienced commercial, corporate and intellectual property law expert and was previously a partner with Kensington Swan, for over 16 years. Patrick represents a range of national and multi-national clients. He is a member of ... More about Stace Hammond appoints partner.

4 December 2015
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Fitzherbert Rowe appoints partner

Palmerston North's Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers has appointed Shannon Johnston to the partnership. Shannon (LLB, BA) has been with the firm for 5 years having previously practiced as a senior lawyer in Wellington, Melbourne and Palmerston North. Shannon is an experienced lawyer with a background in Resource Management, Local Government and ... More about Fitzherbert Rowe appoints partner.

3 December 2015
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New partner at Wynn Williams

Wynn Williams has appointed Joshua Shaw as a partner in its Christchurch-based dispute resolution team.Joshua was previously a partner at another significant national law firm and brings exceptional prosecution experience.He will work alongside Jared Ormsby, Jeremy Johnson and Amanda Douglas to provide dispute resolution solutions to clients throughout New Zealand. ... More about New partner at Wynn Williams.

1 December 2015
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Russell McVeagh appoints two partners

National law firm Russell McVeagh has announced the appointment of Tom Hunt and David Raudkivi to the partnership.Tom Hunt, who is based in the firm's Wellington office, specialises in debt capital markets and financial services regulation.David Raudkivi is based in Auckland, and specialises in equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, ... More about Russell McVeagh appoints two partners.

30 November 2015
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Webb Henderson promotes Jordan Cox

Webb Henderson has promoted Jordan Cox to senior associate. Jordan is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with a particular focus on the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) and electricity sectors. He advises New Zealand and international clients on their commercial arrangements, including wholesale supply and the rollout of new fibre ... More about Webb Henderson promotes Jordan Cox .

30 November 2015
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Wilson Harle promotes Janna McGuigan

Auckland law firm Wilson Harle has promoted Janna McGuigan to Senior Associate. Janna specialises in complex commercial and civil cases, and has particular experience in trust litigation, regulatory and competition matters, and directors' duties cases. Before joining Wilson Harle in 2011, Janna took her LLM as a Grotius Fellow at ... More about Wilson Harle promotes Janna McGuigan.

27 November 2015
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Former lawyer to head BusinessNZ

Kirk Hope has been appointed Chief Executive of the business advocacy group BusinessNZ, replacing Phil O'Reilly.Mr Hope is currently Chief Executive of the NZ Bankers' Association. Holding an LLM, Mr Hope has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor and has practised as a lawyer. He was formerly Executive Director ... More about Former lawyer to head BusinessNZ.

25 November 2015
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Tribute to retiring Coroner Garry Evans

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC has acknowledged the contribution to the coronial system and Wellington legal community of Coroner Garry Evans, whose final hearing was held on 19 August 2015."Since Garry Evans' appointment as Wellington District Coroner in 1997, New Zealand has benefited from his good judgement, strong work ethic and ... More about Tribute to retiring Coroner Garry Evans.

24 November 2015
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Tom Elvin joins Mackenzie Elvin

Tom Elvin has joined Tauranga firm Mackenzie Elvin as a senior solicitor. Graeme Elvin and Fiona Mackenzie (Tom's parents), together with Marcus Wilkins are very pleased to welcome Tom to the Mackenzie Elvin team. Tom has been practising in Auckland, mainly in the areas of property and construction law. ... More about Tom Elvin joins Mackenzie Elvin.

20 November 2015
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New Zealand Law Award winners announced

Key Media's NZ Lawyer 11th annual New Zealand Law Awards were presented in Auckland on 19 November 2015.The winners of individual and team awards were as follows:AwardWinnerYoung In-House Lawyer of the YearTom LaneBanking & Finance In-House Team of the YearASBInsurance In-House Team of the YearAIGIn-House Team of the YearAuckland Council ... More about New Zealand Law Award winners announced.

18 November 2015
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New staff join Hesketh Henry

Auckland law firm Hesketh Henry has announced the employment of three lawyers.Hak Jun Lee has joined the commercial property team as a Senior Associate. He advises in all aspects of commercial and property law including complex business and property transactions, land developments, banking and finance and overseas investments.Saroja McDonnell has ... More about New staff join Hesketh Henry.

16 November 2015
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Buddle Findlay Auckland appointments

Mere King has joined Buddle Findlay's Auckland office as a senior associate in the litigation team. Mere specialises in employment law, providing strategic and practical advice on all aspects of employment law, including drafting and reviewing employment agreements, policies and procedures and advising on personal grievances, restructures and disciplinary matters.Jessica ... More about Buddle Findlay Auckland appointments.

16 November 2015
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Promotions at Gascoigne Wicks

Blenheim firm Gascoigne Wicks has promoted Scott Wight to Senior Associate and Rob Andersen to Associate. Scott and Rob both work in our Commercial/Conveyancing Team which covers a broad range of legal issues including property, finance, commercial, trusts and wills. ... More about Promotions at Gascoigne Wicks.

12 November 2015
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Hugo Farmer wins Rex Mason Prize

Auckland lawyer Hugo Farmer has been awarded the 2014 Honourable Rex Mason Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing.The prize, which was established in 1973, is awarded for the best legal article published in a calendar year. It commemorates former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Henry Greathead Rex Mason (1885-1975).Mr Farmer ... More about Hugo Farmer wins Rex Mason Prize.

12 November 2015
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College of Law NZ appointments

The College of Law New Zealand has made a number of appointments of adjunct lecturers.Anne Longdill has over 10 years Crown litigation experience with Meredith Connell and commenced practise as a barrister sole this year. She has represented Immigration New Zealand, Police, Department of Corrections, Department of Internal Affairs, Department ... More about College of Law NZ appointments.

12 November 2015
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Promotions at Harmans Lawyers

Mary Crimp has been made a partner of Harmans Lawyers in Christchurch. Mary specialises in civil and commercial litigation, insolvency and debt recovery, insurance litigation, estate litigation, PPPR Act applications and employment disputes. Amy Hyland and Catherine Gilvray have been appointed senior associates of the firm. Amy leads a team ... More about Promotions at Harmans Lawyers.

3 November 2015
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Two new staff join Anderson Lloyd

Rosie Hodson and Aaron Crampton have joined Anderson Lloyd.Rosie Hodson has joined the firm's Queenstown resource management team as a Solicitor. Before joining Anderson Lloyd she spent two years as an in-house lawyer at the Ministry for the Environment's legal team in Wellington.Aaron Crampton has joined the Dunedin corporate commercial ... More about Two new staff join Anderson Lloyd.

28 October 2015
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New partner for AWS Legal

Southland law firm AWS Legal has announced the appointment of Doreen Evans as a partner.Ms Evans specialises in solution-driven outcomes in corporate and commercial law (acquisitions, mergers, restructures, start-ups), property, franchising, insolvency and business recovery, trust and asset protection, trademarks, and personal client services.The firm has also announced the employment ... More about New partner for AWS Legal.

21 October 2015
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Terry Johnson joins Simpson Grierson

Terry Johnson has joined law firm Simpson Grierson as Director, Health & Safety Advisory Services.Terry has over 20 years' experience working on health and safety programmes for leading businesses in New Zealand and Australia, including Fonterra and Du Pont.His work at Simpson Grierson will focus on helping clients to develop ... More about Terry Johnson joins Simpson Grierson.

21 October 2015
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Appointments to Takeovers Panel

Sacha Judd has been appointed to the Takeovers Panel and Simon Horner and Roger Wallis have been reappointed.Ms Judd is a former partner at Buddle Findlay and recently took up the role of Managing Director of the Hoku Group. She has acted for a large number of private and listed ... More about Appointments to Takeovers Panel.

21 October 2015
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Wynn Williams promotes nine lawyers

Wynn Williams has announced the promotion of nine of its lawyers to either Senior Associate or Associate.Charlene Bell in the Christchurch Commercial team has been promoted to Senior Associate. Charlene works with local small and medium sized businesses as well as larger national and international corporate clients. She helps business ... More about Wynn Williams promotes nine lawyers.

20 October 2015
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Ken Palmer honoured by LRF

Auckland University's Legal Research Foundation has made Associate Professor Ken Palmer an honorary life member.It particularly recognises his ten years of service as editor of Recent Law Review from 1978 to 1988.Foundation Director Andrew Brown QC says Professor Palmer's outstanding and consistent effort anchored and enhanced the publication among both ... More about Ken Palmer honoured by LRF.

20 October 2015
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Bevan Miles joins Chapman Tripp

Bevan Miles has joined Chapman Tripp's Auckland office as Special Counsel.He joins the firm from ASB Bank, where he was General Manager Taxation. He has over 18 years' experience advising on a wide range of tax matters, including restructuring, international transactions and transfer pricing, significant mergers and acquisitions, financing and ... More about Bevan Miles joins Chapman Tripp.

16 October 2015
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Barristers appointed to tribunal

Wellington barrister Jo Hughson of Featherstone Chambers has been appointed chair of the Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal for a three-year term.Catherine Garvey, a barrister at Quay Chambers in Auckland, has been appointed deputy chair.Both appointees have many years' experience in professional disciplinary matters involving a wide range of ... More about Barristers appointed to tribunal.

14 October 2015
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Hesketh Henry announces promotions

Auckland law firm Hesketh Henry has announced two promotions.Sarah Gibbs has been promoted from Senior Solicitor to Senior Associate. Sarah has been with the firm since October 2010 after four years at a national law firm. Her principal area of practice is corporate and commercial law.Sarah Holderness has been promoted ... More about Hesketh Henry announces promotions.

8 October 2015
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Clive Elliott QC next NZBA President

Auckland's Shortland Chambers has congratulated one of its members, Clive Elliott QC, on his recent appointment as President-elect of the New Zealand Bar Association.Clive is a member and former convenor of the New Zealand Law Society's Intellectual Property Law Committee.Shortland Chambers says he will assume the role of New Zealand ... More about Clive Elliott QC next NZBA President.

8 October 2015
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EMA Northern legal team changes

The Employers & Manufacturers Association Northern Inc (EMA) has made four appointments or promotions.Charlotte Hatlauf is the new Assistant General Counsel, and Head of EMA Legal. Charlotte gained experience as a litigator in corporate firms, including employment and health and safety teams, before becoming a senior internal legal advisor.Matthew Dearing ... More about EMA Northern legal team changes.

8 October 2015
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Emma Monsellier joins Davenports Harbour

Emma Monsellier has joined Auckland law firm Davenports Harbour as a senior associate, primarily developing the employment practice from both contentious and non-contentious angles. With her commercial litigation background, Emma is also helping out the commercial team. Emma's background in commercial litigation involved issues such as shareholder disputes, trust litigation, ... More about Emma Monsellier joins Davenports Harbour.

1 October 2015
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Four new law staff at VUW

Victoria University of Wellington's law faculty has made four academic appointments.Dr Matteo Solinas from the University of Glasgow's School of Law has taken up a senior lectureship in commercial law.Estair van Wagner has moved from Canada to take up an appointment as lecturer in property and resource management.Victoria Stace and ... More about Four new law staff at VUW.

1 October 2015
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Whanganui firms merge

Robert Handley & Co has merged with JRT Lawyers in Whanganui. The new firm is named Bullock & Associates.Mark Bullock, who is President of the New Zealand Law Society's Whanganui branch, is principal of the firm. Robert Handley and Ian Burgess from Robert Handley & Co are consultants.The other staff ... More about Whanganui firms merge.

1 October 2015
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Susanne Ruthven joins Harbour Chambers

Susanne Ruthven has joined Harbour Chambers in Wellington.Susanne was admitted in May 2005. She worked as a solicitor for the Ministry of Fisheries (now the Ministry for Primary Industries) where she managed the ministry's litigation files in public law, employment law and Māori customary law.She moved to Blackstone Chambers in ... More about Susanne Ruthven joins Harbour Chambers.

22 September 2015
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Three law firms win White Camellia Awards

Three law firms have won White Camellia Awards, presented in Auckland on 17 September 2015.The awards recognise organisations that are promoting gender equity through the international United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles.EEO Commissioner Jackie Blue says companies who commit to the seven principles create a platform for true gender equity in ... More about Three law firms win White Camellia Awards.

21 September 2015
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New Chapman Tripp senior associates

Chapman Tripp has announced the appointment of two new senior associates in its Auckland office.Gerard Souness recently returned to Chapman Tripp after three years at Westpac. He specialises in corporate and institutional finance advising banks, corporates and other entities. Gerard advises clients on syndicated and bi-lateral lending, securitisation and trade ... More about New Chapman Tripp senior associates.

16 September 2015
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Pip Newland joins Wynn Williams

Pip Newland has joined Wynn Williams' Christchurch office as an Associate in the resource management and environmental law team.She was admitted in December 2003 and has experience in district and regional resource management matters, including planning, resource consents, enforcement and RM-related due diligence in commercial matters. ... More about Pip Newland joins Wynn Williams.

10 September 2015
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Three Waitangi Tribunal appointments

Former Supreme Court judge Bill Wilson QC is one of three new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.Dr Hauata Palmer, Derek Lardelli and Bill Wilson QC will join the Tribunal along with 13 other members who have also been reappointed.New appointments to the ... More about Three Waitangi Tribunal appointments.

10 September 2015
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Buddle Findlay scholarship welcomed

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson says he welcomes Buddle Findlay's decision to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Land March with a scholarship.Buddle Findlay has agreed to offer a scholarship to one third or fourth year Māori law student to be selected from across New Zealand. In addition to covering tuition ... More about Buddle Findlay scholarship welcomed.

10 September 2015
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Grant Kemble CEO at Complectus group

The Complectus group has appointed Grant Kemble to the new role of Chief Executive Officer. The group includes Perpetual Guardian, Guardian Trust, Covenant Trustee Services and Foundation Corporate Trust. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in October 1992, he joins Complectus from the law firm Russell McVeagh, which he first ... More about Grant Kemble CEO at Complectus group.

10 September 2015
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Nikhat Chandra appointed director

Auckland law firm Johnston Prichard Fee Ltd has appointed Nikhat Chandra as a director.Nikhat was admitted in September 2005 and has been a Senior Associate since 2011 and has worked in the firm since 2006.She specialises in commercial contracts, corporate advisory, commercial property, estates and trusts. ... More about Nikhat Chandra appointed director.

10 September 2015
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Jill Thomson joins Buddle Findlay

Jill Thomson has joined Buddle Findlay's Christchurch office as a senior solicitor in the litigation team.Jill was admitted in February 2010 and advises on a range of matters including general litigation.Before joining Buddle Findlay Jill worked at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. ... More about Jill Thomson joins Buddle Findlay.

9 September 2015
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Jason McHerron on MVDT

Wellington barrister Jason McHerron has been appointed an adjudicator for the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal.The appointment, announced on 9 September 2015, is for a five-year term.Mr McHerron will be responsible for the adjudication of cases for the South Island and the lower North Island from New Plymouth to Hawke's Bay.He ... More about Jason McHerron on MVDT.

26 August 2015
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Fee Langstone announces details

Four of the former partners of Auckland law firm Jones Fee have announced that from 1 September 2015 they will practise in Auckland as Fee Langstone.Philippa Fee, Craig Langstone, Pauline Barratt and Cecily Brick say they are skilled lawyers who understand the insurance industry.Fee Langstone will be based at Level ... More about Fee Langstone announces details.

20 August 2015
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Geoffrey Clews reappointed to Disciplinary Committee

Barrister Geoffrey Clews has been reappointed to the Disciplinary Committee under the Financial Advisers Act.Admitted in February 1980, Mr Clews specialises in contentious tax and trusts matters. He has taught and written extensively on the obligations of investment professionals and on fiduciary investment standards for trustees.A director of Regional Facilities ... More about Geoffrey Clews reappointed to Disciplinary Committee.

12 August 2015
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DLA Piper staff promotions

DLA Piper New Zealand has promoted Nicole MacFarlane to special counsel in its financial services team. Nicole advises clients in the financial services and funds management sector.The firm has promoted five lawyers as senior associates: Tom Barnes in the financial services team, Aimee Credin in the healthcare team, Pavanie Edirisuriva ... More about DLA Piper staff promotions.

12 August 2015
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ERA appointments announced

Jim Crichton has been appointed Chief of the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).Mr Crichton was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in March 1979 and was first appointed to the ERA in 2004.Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says Mr Crichton is a well-respected member of the employment law community ... More about ERA appointments announced.

5 August 2015
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Sarah Ongley moves to Bank Chambers

Sarah Ongley has commenced practice as a barrister and has joined Susan Hughes QC, Keryn Broughton and Turitea Bolstad at New Plymouth's Bank Chambers.Sarah was admitted in September 1993 and is experienced in environment and local government law.Her experience includes working at two of New Zealand's largest law firms and ... More about Sarah Ongley moves to Bank Chambers.

4 August 2015
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Belinda Moffat leaving FMA

The head of the Financial Market Authority (FMA) enforcement team, Belinda Moffat, is leaving the regulator after three and a half years.Ms Moffat joined the FMA in March 2012 in its establishment phase, with a mandate to complete the its finance company investigations and to build the FMA's enforcement capability.Before ... More about Belinda Moffat leaving FMA.

4 August 2015
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Helen Cull QC reappointed Chief Commissioner

Helen Cull QC has been reappointed Chief Commissioner for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.Wellington Queen's Counsel Peter McKenzie has been appointed Deputy Commissioner. Businessman Stephen Davies Howard has been appointed a Commissioner, joining current Commissioner Wellington barrister Jane Meares.Transport Minister Simon Bridges says Helen Cull has been in the role ... More about Helen Cull QC reappointed Chief Commissioner.

3 August 2015
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New Partner for Meredith Connell

Meredith Connell has appointed Leo Farmer as a partner in its Auckland office.Mr Farmer was admitted in February 2006 and began working with Meredith Connell. He now leads the firm's work for the Commerce Commission in its investigation into backs for breaches of the Fair Trading Act.Specialising in commercial litigation, ... More about New Partner for Meredith Connell.

30 July 2015
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Auckland Coroner appointed

Auckland barrister Debra Bell has been appointed a coroner.Ms Bell fills the vacancy creatred when Judge Deborah Marshall was appointed Chief Coroner earlier in 2015. She joints the four other coroners serving Auckland.Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in January 1998, Ms Bell has practised as a barrister sole since ... More about Auckland Coroner appointed.

20 July 2015
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Promotions at Corcoran French

Christchurch law firm Corcoran French has announced the promotions of three of its lawyers.Rowan Aspros has been promoted to senior associate. Rowan was admitted in December 2011. Her areas of practice include commercial law, property law, wills, powers of Attorney, and rural property.Geraldine Biggs has been promoted to senior solicitor. ... More about Promotions at Corcoran French.

20 July 2015
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Richard Hearn joins Corcoran French

Richard Hearn has joined Christchurch law firm Corcoran French's litigation team as a Senior Solicitor.Richard graduated BCA/LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 2005 and completed an LLM (Hons) at Auckland University in 2011. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in July 2007.Before joining Corcoran French, Richard worked ... More about Richard Hearn joins Corcoran French.

14 July 2015
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Four law students Fulbright Scholars

Four New Zealand law students were among the 84 new Fulbright Scholars and Grantees announced on 22 June 2015.Fulbright New Zealand makes a number of exchange awards for New Zealand and American graduate students, academics, artists and professionals to study, research, teach, or present their work in each other's countries.Kingi ... More about Four law students Fulbright Scholars.

10 July 2015
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Jenny Marren joins Wynn Williams

Jenny Marren has joined Wynn Williams' Christchurch-based private client team as a solicitor.Jenny was admitted in October 2011. She holds LLB and BCom degrees.She assists clients chiefly with residential property transactions, estate planning, trusts, wills, subdivision and estate work. ... More about Jenny Marren joins Wynn Williams.

10 July 2015
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Judge Advocate General appointed

Wellington barrister Kevin James Riordan ONZM has been appointed Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces.Mr Riordan has been Deputy Judge Advocate General and Deputy Chief Judge of the Court Martial since October 2013. He takes over from Christopher Hodson QC who is retiring.Mr Riordan was admitted as a barrister ... More about Judge Advocate General appointed.

3 July 2015
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New staff at Anderson Lloyd

Holly Anderson has joined Anderson Lloyd's Auckland commercial team as a solicitor. Holly is experienced in corporate, commercial, and banking and finance law. She was admitted in December 2011 and has gained four years legal experience working at Auckland firm Mayne Wetherell. Olivia Wensley has joined the Queenstown litigation team ... More about New staff at Anderson Lloyd.

3 July 2015
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New associates for Grimshaw & Co

Litigation and dispute resolution firm Grimshaw & Co has appointed five new associates. Sarah Tomlinson started with the firm in October 2012. She currently works on a range of civil and commercial disputes, specialising in insurance and construction law cases. Kishen Kommu joined the firm in July 2014 having previously ... More about New associates for Grimshaw & Co.

25 June 2015
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NZLS Wellington branch Council elected

The New Zealand Law Society's Wellington branch elected its Council for 2015/16 at the branch AGM in Wellington on 24 June 2015. The Council is as follows: President: Nerissa Barber. Vice-Presidents: David Dunbar and Catherine Rodgers. Members: Melanie Baker, Susan Barker, Stephanie Dyhrberg, Felix Geiringer, Annette Gray, Jessie Hunt, Steven ... More about NZLS Wellington branch Council elected.

24 June 2015
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Duncan Cotterill announces promotions

Duncan Cotterill has congratulated a number of its staff who have been promoted recently. Joanna Stafford has been promoted to Special Council. Joanna works in litigation and is in the firm's Auckland office. Willie Hamilton has been promoted to Associate. Willie works in litigation in the firm's Christchurch office. Katherine ... More about Duncan Cotterill announces promotions.

18 June 2015
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New DB role for Matt Wilson

DB Breweries has appointed Corporate Relations Manager Matt Wilson to the newly established role of Corporate Relations & Legal Director. Matt joined DB in 2009 as legal counsel. After three years in the role he was promoted to a senior legal and regulatory affairs role, before taking a position on ... More about New DB role for Matt Wilson.

18 June 2015
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FMA executive team changes

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has announced several appointments to its executive team. These are effective from 1 July 2015. Liam Mason becomes director of regulation. The role includes responsibilities formerly under the director of compliance role, which was dis-established after Elaine Campbell's departure in May 2015. Garth Stanish becomes ... More about FMA executive team changes.

18 June 2015
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Acting GCSB Director term extended

The term of the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), Una Jagose, has been extended to 31 March 2016. The Minsiter Responsible for the GCSB, Christopher Finlayson, says the Government has decided not to continue with the State Services Commission's current recruitment process and instead to extend ... More about Acting GCSB Director term extended.