Property expert makes Partner in latest wave of firm promotions
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July 2019 – Leading national law firm Kensington Swan has promoted commercial property expert Michelle Hill to Partner. Michelle joins partners Matthew Ockleston and Paula Ormandy in leading the Auckland property team, which has seen significant recent growth and is part of the Firm’s now six-partner strong national property practice.
Michelle is an expert in commercial property deals with 20 years’ experience, and has particular focus on commercial leasing, development projects and body corporate matters. She regularly advises a wide range of clients including multi-national corporations, developers, property investors, organisations with extensive leasing portfolios and private clients.
Michelle started at Kensington Swan as a Senior Associate in 2013 and was promoted to Special Counsel in 2018. Michelle is the fifth new Partner this year and brings to twelve (38%) the number of (all full-equity) female Partners at the Firm. The promotion is a recognition of not just the expertise and energy that Michelle brings but also the focus she has on delivering an unbeatable experience for the firm’s clients.
Matthew Ockleston, Partner, said, “I’m delighted Michelle has joined the partnership. She has built an impressive reputation and thoroughly deserves this professional recognition. Michelle will be a huge asset in helping to lead our growing property team in Auckland. Her expertise in leasing and unit titles, and her ability to work closely with clients on a wide range of complex property matters, makes her a huge asset to Kensington Swan and our clients.”
Charles Spillane, Chief Executive, said, “We’re delighted to announce another promotion to Partner this year. Michelle has recognised expertise and has proven her ability to develop trusted client relationships. This promotion is further demonstration of the leading property practice that the firm now has.”