Anderson Lloyd senior partner and former chairman of the firm has encouraged younger lawyers to be aware that the stress lawyers need to live with can be countered by keeping fit and a sense of humour.
He also encourage lawyers to keep a strong interest outside of the law.
Coming from the leading firm in LawFuel’s Gender Diversity survey he told the Otago Daily Times in an interview that he was a firm believer in the need for firm’s to accurately reflect society, including the diversity that involves.
Anderson Lloyd lead the gender survey with 41 per cent of its partners being female and 80 per cent of the firm’s staff are female.
Part of his inspiration to be a lawyer and his current strong interest in diversity issues stems from his inspirational uncle, the acclaimed Wellington barrister and academic leader Dr George Barton who, among other cases, successfully sued then Prime Minister Robert Muldoon in the Fitzgerald v. Muldoon case involving an attempt by the Prime Minister to suspend a statutory obligation via a press statement.
The fact that the Prime Minister was sued demonstrated the power of the law for doing good and also imbued him with a strong sense of justice and fairness.
He also has a firm focus on the need to address issues like climate change that younger lawyers are much more engaged with, along with diversity, sustainability, Treaty issues and ‘wider issues we’re going to have to grapple with’.
Helping Anderson Lloyd pursue these goals has been a source of pride regarding his former role as firm chair.