Bell Gully has appointed Stephen Macliver as the firm's new Chief Executive, following an international search.
Stephen, who this year was appointed Chairman of the International Bar Association's Law Firm Management Committee, has 20 years' management experience in the UK, European, Asian and Australian legal markets.
"To remain the best law firm in New Zealand it is valuable to understand and adopt international best practice," said Bell Gully chairman David Simcock. "Stephen brings a wealth of legal industry knowledge, experience and technical expertise to the firm and a commitment to grow our reputation further, both locally and internationally."
Stephen began his career as a solicitor in Australia, going on to be the co-founder of leading London-based legal consultancy The David Andrews partnership in 1987. In 1996, he was appointed Managing Partner of Minter Ellison in Perth and three years later Executive Managing Partner of the firm based in its Melbourne office. In 2003, he established his own Melbourne-based consultancy to the international legal profession.
"Bell Gully has developed a reputation as being the acknowledged leading law firm in New Zealand," said Mr Macliver. "I am particularly excited to be offered the opportunity to play a role in the further development of the firms market leading position, with a focus on clearly positioning Bell Gully as the firm of first choice for clients in New Zealand, and to help build its profile and reputation internationally."
Stephen will join the firm in August and replaces Maggie Callicrate who is returning to her native United States.
"Maggie has made a huge contribution to the firm during her three year tenure," said David . "Following a well earned sabbatical she'll no doubt take her career to new heights in the US."
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