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NZ Power Law Firm Briefings: Insights, Briefs & Articles From New Zealand Law Firms

  • Buddle Findlay’s #MeToo Moment – Concern Over Claim of Big Law Partner’s Inappropriate Conduct
    Despite the furore over the Russell McVeagh conduct that is now – some three years later – wending its way through a Law Society disciplinary process, the incident at a Buddle Findlay social event last Christmas has renewed focus upon the problem as the firm’s resource management partner has left the firm. The NZ Law […] More
  • Chapman Tripp – FMA Releases Guidance for fund managers to ensure their fees are reasonable
    Chapman Tripp – Although the statutory obligation not to charge an unreasonable fee is specific to KiwiSaver schemes, the Guidance is directed at all fund managers to assist them to satisfy the FMA’s conduct expectations and its interpretation of their issuer obligations to act in members’ best interests and to ensure members are treated equitably. […] More
  • Bell Gully – Access to justice cuts both ways: Class action law reform must ensure that all parties are treated fairly
    Bell Gully – The Law Commission is currently reviewing class actions and litigation funding, and considering whether reform is needed in this fast-growing and mostly unregulated area of the law. The Law Commission soug​ht submissions on an Issues Paper as part of its r​eview (see our previous summary here). Given our role representing ​clients in many […] More
  • Westpac demerger: What does that mean for NZ Inc.?
    In recent days, Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) announced it is considering a demerger of its New Zealand business. On 24 March 2021, WBC issued the following media release: MinterEllisonRuddWatts- As part of Westpac’s fix, simplify and perform strategy we have been actively  considering the businesses we operate in. Westpac has already placed a number of  […] More
  • Russell McVeagh Welcomes Back Senior Alumni
    Russell McVeagh is welcoming back an impressive group of senior alumni who have returned to the firm over recent months, with many of these lawyers re-joining the firm following overseas experience working at top global law firms. In addition to Tax partner Greg Neill (far right) who joins the firm in April*, Louise Taylor (left, above) has joined as […] More
  • The New Zealand Law Firms Leading the Twitter Power List . . And The Big Law Firm With Just 3 Followers
    It’s smaller firms leading the Twitter charge but Donald Trump may have put others off the platform’s advantages The smaller firms and one of the oldest in New Zealand are leading the Twitter charge while the bigger law firms lag in the rankings here. Among the Big Law contenders, Meredith Connell have 122 followers, Anderson […] More
  • DLA Piper advises Accel-KKR and Seequent on $USD1 Billion of Seequent Group
    DLA Piper has advised Accel-KKR and its portfolio company, Seequent Holdings Limited on the sale of Seequent Holdings Limited to Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY) for ~NZD 1.46 billion (USD 1.05 billion).  Seequent, head-quartered in Christchurch, is a global leader in software for geological and geophysical modeling, geotechnical stability, and cloud services for geodata management, visibility, […] More
  • Russell McVeagh Takes a Lead On Women-in-Law With 3 Key Points For Junior Woman Lawyers
    Russell McVeagh is putting its best womens’ feet forward with International Women’s Day and having the firm’s newly appointed woman Chair, Allison Arthur-Young speak to the firm’s breakfast club, their network of junior women lawyers. It’s as if the crisis of three years ago never happened – or because of it that the event and […] More
  • JunoLegal Grows With Another NZ In-House Counsel Hire
    New Law firm Juno Legal has recruited another senior New Zealand In-house Counsel with its recruitment of former BP NZ General Counsel Rachael Lynch. She has spent 15 years as in-house lawyer with BAT NZ, working in Australia and London before moving to the BP role in New Zealand. She previously worked at Simpson Grierson. […] More
  • Russell McVeagh Appoint Female Chair
    Russell McVeagh Partner and Board member Allison Arthur-Young has been elected as Russell McVeagh’s Board Chair. Arthur-Young, who has been a Board member for three years, succeeds outgoing Board Chair Malcolm Crotty who has completed his term, having served three years in the role. Crotty will resume his full-time practice as a key Litigation partner at the firm. Joining […] More
  • New Chair At Bell Gully
    Bell Gully has announced a new chair to replace Anna Buchly after three years in the role, by appointing projects and real estate chief Andrew Petersen. Petersen has been at Bell Gully for almost two decades, having joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2003. His clients include Cooper and Company (the company redeveloping Auckland’s Britomart […] More
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts: COVID-19 reaction, increased regulatory action and legislative change ahead
    MinterEllisonRuddWatts–Continued responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, greater regulatory action and adjustments to legislation will all shape the litigation landscape in the year ahead. These are among the predictions made by MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ leading dispute resolution team in its Litigation Forecast 2021.Partner and co-leader of the national law firm’s Dispute Resolution team, Andrew Horne (pictured) says that […] More
  • Anderson Lloyd: Promotions at Anderson Lloyd
    Senior Associate Eva Roe has been promoted to Senior Associate in Anderson Lloyd’s Queenstown Property and Private Client Team. Eva specialises in property law, with a focus on projects, property subdivisions and developments, and has a background in banking and finance. Heidi Bendikson has been promoted to Senior Associate in Anderson Lloyd’s Queenstown Property and Private Client […] More
  • Chapman Tripp Veteran Nick Wells Steps Back
    Former Chapman Tripp chief executive Nick Wells has stepped back from a lead role at the firm, leaving the partnership to become a consultant to the firm’s corporate practice and to its Maori legal group, Te Waka Ture. Wells, a LawFuel Power List entrant at No. 30 last year, has been at the firm for […] More
  • Duncan Cotterill: What Trustees Need To Consider With The New Trust Act
    The Trusts Act 2019 passed on 30 July 2019 and will replace the Trustee Act 1956 with the purpose of making the law more accessible to both trustees and beneficiaries of trusts. The Trusts Act will come into effect on 30 January 2021, and there is a lot that trustees should be considering as a result of […] More
  • Chapman Tripp: Maori Economy Soars to $68bn
    Latest estimates from BERL (Business and Economic Research Limited) are that the asset base of the Māori economy was worth $68.7 billion at 2018. This does not reflect the effects of the COVID pandemic, but still represents very high growth. BERL’s estimate at 2013 in the same series was just $42.6b, while in 2017 the Māori economy […] More
  • Bell Gully Lawyers Recognised in Chambers Directories
    Bell Gully is proud to have many of its people and practice areas recognised across two recently released major international directories – Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021.​ The rankings are a result of extensive research which analyses the views of clients, investment bankers, commercial bankers and accountants who work closely with lawyers […] More
  • DLA Piper Wellington Office Moves
    DLA Piper has moved its Wellington office into new waterfront premises in the Deloitte building. DLA Piper’s New Zealand Country Managing Partner, Martin Wiseman, says “Our move in Wellington is another exciting step in our firm’s ongoing pursuit of excellence and innovation. Once again, we have created a world-class, technically sophisticated office environment which not […] More
  • Growing Law Firm Tompkins Wake Uses ‘Lowndes Factor’ To Join Global Network
    The merger of Lowndes & Co and Tompkins Wake has seen the growing law firm join the global Multilaw Group, which comprises 10,000 lawyers across 100 countries. Former Lowndes & Co principal Mark Lowndes has chaired Multilaw for a two-year term that terminated in 2013. He merged his firm with Tompkins Wake in September this […] More
  • New Partners at Russell McVeagh
    Russell McVeagh has today announced the promotions of two of its standout lawyers, Michael Taylor and Simon Pilkinton, who join the firm’s partnership effective 1 December 2020. The appointment of Michael and Simon continues to build depth in the firm’s partnership with the appointments announced earlier this year of Kirsten Massey, Caleb Hensman and Cath Shirley-Brown. Promoted from their previous Senior Associate roles […] More

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