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Wynn Williams appoints partners and senior associates

11 March 2019

Wynn Williams has announced the appointment of two partners and seven senior associates.

Andrew Watkins has been promoted to partner in the national dispute resolution team after joining the firm in December 2018.  Andrew is based in the Christchurch office and has over 25 years’ experience specialising in complex relationship property estate matters.  Andrew has a special interest in trust law, having presented at numerous national conferences over the last 15 years on its interplay with the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

Rebecca Saunders joins the firm as a partner in the national dispute resolution team.  She is based in the Auckland office and specialises in construction law, in particular resolving construction related disputes.  Rebecca has broad national and international experience in construction adjudication under the Construction Contracts Act 2002, arbitration, court litigation and mediation.

Greg Simms joins the Auckland office as a senior associate in the national dispute resolution team. Greg has experience in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, arbitration proceedings and regulatory investigations.  Having worked in London at a Magic Circle firm for the past five years, Greg also has extensive international experience in commercial disputes and investigations.

Kimberley Wong has joined the firm’s national corporate and commercial team as a senior associate, also based in the Auckland office.  Kimberley has national and international experience, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investment.

Five of the firm’s associates have also been promoted to senior associate. The firm would like to congratulate its five associates promoted to senior associate, who include

Richard Hargreaves is a senior associate in the national dispute resolution team and is based in Christchurch. He has an honours degree in law from Oxford University and was admitted to the bar in England in 2010 and started at Wynn Williams in 2012. Richard is a civil litigator with a background in insurance law.

Tiana Ritchie is a senior associate in the national dispute resolution team. Tiana joined the firm in February 2015 after graduating from the University of Canterbury. She works primarily on complex commercial disputes and has developed particular experience in trust law and Māori land law. Tiana is based in Christchurch.

Nicholas Lawrence is a senior associate in the national dispute resolution team, based in Auckland. He has been with the firm for four years after graduating from the University of Canterbury. Nicholas works on complex commercial disputes and regularly advises on insolvency, insurance, trusts, defamation and regulatory issue.

Kirstie Wyss is a senior associate in the national resource management team and is based in Christchurch. She specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law and has particular expertise in advising regional councils on the development and implementation of freshwater management plans.

Kate Woods is a senior associate in the national resource management team, based in Christchurch. She worked in London for several years before joining the firm and also spent three years with another New Zealand law firm. Kate has experience in district and regional resource management matters.

Last updated on the 11th March 2019