Alumni Update

​December 2020

A note from Anna

For many, the end of this year is welcomed. 2020 has been a year like no other and I'm incredibly proud of how the firm has worked through the challenges 2020 brought.

We have ended the year on a high note winning seven awards at the 2020 New Zealand Law Awards - held virtually on 10 December - including New Zealand Deal of the Year for the Vodafone NZ acquisition and Deal Team of the Year (Corporate team).

Wellington corporate partner Angela Harford won Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (35 or under), with Resource Management partner Na​tasha Garvan receiving an excellence award in the same category.

It’s been a year where many needed A Helping Hand and our Community and Pro Bono Programme continued to provide that. You can read more about it in this issue.

Meet two of our people who responded to their own COVID curve balls. Senior associate Alix Boberg found herself unexpectedly stranded in New Zealand and decided to stay while James Lansdown took several attempts to get to the UK.

It’s that time of the year when we farewell retiring partners and welcome our new partners, special counsel and senior associates for 2021.

It is also my final Alumni Update as Chair as I pass the baton to Andrew Petersen in 2021.

Meri Kirihimete to you and your whanau. Stay safe and we look forward to connecting in 2021.

Anna Buchly

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