Alumni Update

​​​​​​​​​​​March 2019

A note from Anna

As-salamu 'alaykum... Peace be upon you.

We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the horrific events that unfolded on 15 March. The country is reeling and our thoughts are still very much with the victims, their families and the wider Muslim communities in Christchurch and around the country.

The firm observed two minutes silence a week after the tragedy. We felt it was important for us to all come together to support the Muslim community, to acknowledge how we were feeling and share the moment together. It was lovely to see so many there and we are heartened by the commitment across New Zealand to embrace diversity in all forms in our communities.

It is on that more positive note that I would like to share with you firm and alumni news.

We are extremely proud that Auckland litigation partner of 25 years, Ian Gault has been appointed to the High Court. In Wellington, alumnus Damian Stone has been made a Māori Land Court Judge. Congratulations to you both.

At the firm we have welcomed five new senior appointments. We have four new Bell Gully partners – Ian Becke​Liz CoatsNatasha Garvan and ​Angela Harford as well as new special counsel, Sooyun Lee.

We recently marked International Women’s Day and we are pleased to celebrate three new female partners which continues our progress towards our gender diversity target of 25% female partners by 2025.

Finally, public law consultant, UN auditor of general elections in Afghanistan, chairman of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, Paul East QC has retired from the firm. We wish him a happy retirement.

Kind regards,

Anna Buchly

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