Alumni Update

​April 2018

A note from Chris

Dear All,

This is my last Alumni Update as, with effect 31 March, I retired from the role of Chair to resume practice full-time. I am delighted to report that Anna Buchly is the firm’s new chair. Anna has tremendous passion for the firm and I have no doubt the firm will be well-served with Anna at the helm.

It has been a privilege to have served the firm as Chair. I really got to see the great people, past and present, that make this firm a special place to be. I look forward to getting back ‘on the tools’ full-time, and working more with our team and clients in practice.

In this issue I’m pleased to introduce our two new partners Laura Littlewood and Jesse Wilson, special counsel Glenn Shewan and eight new senior associates.

We hear from Rachel Paris who has established a thriving FinTech practice at the firm. She is off to London for a family adventure and the practice has been left in capable hands. We also farewelled two stalwarts at the end of last year – partner Garry Downs and COO Cecilia Burgess.

We catch up with former legal secretary Lisa Small who studied part time while working here and has now realised her dream of becoming a solicitor.

You will be well aware of the headlines bringing the legal profession under a spotlight. While it is uncomfortable to have the industry be the subject of such scrutiny and speculation, we are continuing to focus on what we can do better as an organisation, and as an industry. It has sparked some good internal discussions and a review of our policies with our priority to continue to provide a safe and supportive workplace for our people to thrive in. But I do think there needs to be change in our industry and we want to be part of the drive to do that.

Kind regards,

Chris Gordon

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