Alumni Update

​​July 2017

A note from Chris

Dear All,

We held our annual mid-year partners' conference in Melbourne this year. We used the time to fast forward a decade and discuss how the practice of law and our firm might look, and the implications for our people, our clients and the way we work. This includes our premises needs and the use of technology, both as an enabler and a disrupter of our business.

But, for many of you reading Alumni Update, it is probably more about casting your mind back. That was the case for our newest partner, Wellington litigator Tim Smith. Rather than ‘welcome’ it was ‘welcome back’ as Tim summer clerked and law clerked for us about 20 years ago. More recently he was at Luke Cunningham and Clere.

The Wellington office is delighted also to welcome back other impressive alumni, Toni Forrest (née Brown), Angela Harford (née Bamford) and Susannah Shaw, who we hear from in this issue.

Finally, there have been a couple of notable farewells. Auckland stalwart, Office Services Manager Wendy Nixon, began her career as the litigation department office junior back in 1986. She left us last month, but she hasn’t gone too far; in fact, just up the road to work for David Cooper at Shortland Chambers. And Mike Colson has hung up his safari suit. Mike left the partnership at the end of May to embark on the next stage of his career, practising at the bar. We wish Wendy and Mike all the best.​

Kind regards,​​

Chris Gordon

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