Alumni Update

​November 2016

A note from Chris

Dear All,

Last week was a turbulent one for much of the country. For many of us in Wellington it started with a violent wake up call just after midnight on Monday morning.

Fortunately, we have planned for such an event and our Business Continuity Team swung into action, first to ensure everyone was safe, and then to assess damage to the office.

It was the beginning of a challenging week for those in Wellington, who, in addition to dealing with numerous aftershocks, were also hit with gale force storms from the north and south, flooding, and road and rail closures. But they all dealt with things brilliantly, with plenty of support and encouragement.

It was nice to end the week on a brighter note at the New Zealand Law Awards. The firm won six awards, more than any other law firm, including Deal Team of the Year for the firm’s corporate team.

In other news, I would like to congratulate Phil Leightley, who has been promoted to senior associate. Phil, who is in the the Auckland corporate team with Brynn Gilbertson, started his career with us and returned from London law firm Slaughter & May late last year. And more recently, senior associate Ian Becke joined the Auckland property team.

Finally, two remarkable young alumni feature in this Update. Sophie Wallace returned home from New York inspired to open a contemporary art gallery in the Hawke’s Bay, and Anna Watson is a Future Leaders programme manager with Inspiring Trusts. I hope you enjoy reading about them.

All the best,


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