Palmerston North Prosecutor Joined By New Partners

Palmerston North Prosecutor Joined By New Partners 2

Leading crown prosecutors Deb Davies and Guy Carter have joined Ben Vanderkolk as partners in BVA The Practice.

Deb Davies has been with BVA since 2005 and has been a senior crown prosecutor for 16 years. She has led more than 200 trials in the High and District Courts and is highly respected by police and victims for her huge work ethic, strong sense of justice and integrity. Deb also represents the Police at coronial inquests and appears at Parole Board recall hearings.

Deb has mentored more than 15 junior crown prosecutors at BVA in recent years sitting alongside them as they prepare and review charges and represent the Crown at trial. She says being appointed to partner is an exciting step in her career.

Growing demand for civil litigation


Before joining BVA in 2019, Guy Carter was a litigator for 8 years at national law firms representing clients in complex and significant cases. Since becoming a crown prosecutor Guy has prosecuted serious crime. He has also worked closely with the Police in criminal proceeds seizure and recovery.

Thanks to BVA’s open approach to career development Guy now has a rare combination of extensive experience in commercial, construction and trust & estate litigation, and excellent court and trial skills.

BVA founder, Ben Vanderkolk says with increasing demand in both the crown prosecution and the private litigation areas of the firm’s business, he’s delighted to welcome Deb and Guy as the second generation of BVA partners.

“This is an important milestone in our firm’s progression. I think Deb and Guy are the smartest criminal trial and civil litigation lawyers in the region and I’m excited they want to develop and grow BVA for the future.”


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