LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – One of New Zealand’s leading law firms is focussed on the future with the announcement of a new CEO.
Auckland-based law firm Brookfields has appointed David Graham as its new CEO, continuing its tradition of having a businessman at the helm rather than a lawyer.
Howard Johnston, Chairman for Brookfields Lawyers says, “We are thrilled to have David on board. Having a ‘non-lawyer’ in this role, as we have done over the last decade or so, is a real point of difference.”
Graham is a seasoned and senior executive with an extensive background in professional services. Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA, Graham has worked nationally and internationally in finance, telecommunications, consulting and legal sectors including senior level experience in PMP Distribution, Simpson Grierson, AT Kearney and Telecom New Zealand.
Graham comments, “This is an exciting period for Brookfields Lawyers with the partners very keen to embrace new and innovative approaches. It is refreshing to see the focus placed on providing business, not just legal, advice. This is testament to decades of loyalty from clients ranging from high profile institutions through to private individuals.”
This loyalty also continues through to staff – with even Graham’s wife Stephanie, a former lawyer at Brookfields, acting as an enthusiastic advocate for the firm.
Johnston says, “David is here to build on a great base and steer the firm forward to even better outcomes for both Brookfields and its clients. With his strong experience and fresh eyes, we are sure David will lift our sights even higher.”