Bell Gully announces two new partners and 10 new senior associates

Thursday 29 January 2015

​​​​​​​Bell Gully is pleased to announce two new partners and 10 new senior associates. The two new partners are corporate lawyers Dean Alderton and James Cooney.

“The addition of Dean and James further strengthens our Corporate team. Their appointment and the appointment of our 10 very talented senior associates is extremely exciting and reflects the depth we have across all our practice areas,” said Bell Gully Chairman Chris Gordon.

Dean Alderton has been part of our Corporate team since joining Bell Gully in January 2012. Prior to joining Bell Gully, Dean spent seven years as a corporate lawy​​er at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and three years at Dentons in Dubai – where he was a partner. Dean advises on a broad range of corporate work, including private equity transactions, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and capital markets. He is experienced in advising on cross-border transactions.
James Cooney specialises in corporate and securities law. He has a broad practice that includes takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals and equity capital markets. James returned to Bell Gully in 2010 after four years working in the Corporate team of leading London law firm, Slaughter and May.


Our 10 new senior associates are Karl Anderson, Fran Burley, Elena Chang, Liz Coats, Claire Harmsworth, Jenny Hills, Simon Mee, Nick Moffatt, Brigit Morrison and Rebecca Rose.

Karl Anderson is an experienced property lawyer who has acted for a broad range of clients both in New Zealand and in the UK. Karl’s experience includes general transactional real estate work (sales and purchases, leases and developments), as well as providing specialist real estate advice for large-scale corporate and banking transactions.
Fran Burley acts on a variety of banking and financing transactions, with a particular focus on corporate and leveraged financing, restructurings and refinancings. She has acted for lenders and borrowers across various industries in domestic and international financing transactions. Fran worked at Bell Gully for two and a half years before moving to London to join the banking department of Allen & Overy. During her time at Allen & Overy she was seconded to the Leveraged Finance team at HSBC Bank.
Elena Chang has expertise in a wide range of property transactions, with a particular focus on property acquisitions, disposals, development, complex subdivisions and overseas investment in New Zealand. Elena is qualified to practise in New Zealand, New South Wales, Australia and New York State.
Liz Coats specialises in employment law. She has experience representing employers at mediation and in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and Court of Appeal. She advises employers on a wide range of employment issues including personal grievances, parental leave complaints, restraints of trade, investigations, redundancy and performance issues, negotiated exits, and health and safety. Liz is also regularly involved in advising corporate clients on employment issues arising from corporate restructurings.
Claire Harmsworth specialises in providing commercial and public law advice to entities in the public sector, particularly on commercial contracts and procurement processes. Her experience also includes advising a range of clients on climate change issues. Before joining Bell Gully in 2011, Claire spent three years as a public sector lawyer in the Treasury in-house legal team.
Jenny Hills is a corporate lawyer with experience across a wide range of commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and general corporate and commercial contracts. She joined Bell Gully as a law clerk in 2008.
Simon Mee​ is a commercial property specialist who has built strong relationships with some of Bell Gully’s key clients across a broad range of property transactions. He was involved from 2009 to 2012 with advising and leasing work on the NZ$200 million-plus shopping mall development, The Base, in Hamilton. Simon has also assisted with a number of sales by a well-known property fund with a large, diversified portfolio.
Nick Moffatt is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in debt recovery and security enforcement issues. He frequently appears as counsel in the High Court on bankruptcy, liquidation and summary judgment matters. Nick has been with Bell Gully since 2008.
Brigit Morrison is a trust and personal asset planning specialist. She rejoined the firm as a member of the Trust and Asset Planning team in March 2014 having previously worked for Bell Gully for five years in the 1990s. In the intervening years, Brigit has continued to work in trust related areas including working in-house for a large firm of employee benefit consultants, as an associate in a London law firm specialising in pensions, and, most recently, in Bermuda in the private client and trust team of an international law firm.
Rebecca Rose specialises in general civil litigation and dispute resolution. Since commencing practise, she has been involved in a number of high profile cases and has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of New Zealand, as well as in major commercial arbitrations. Rebecca is a past Pegasus Scholar and recipient of the Cleary Memorial Prize.​