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28 April 2014

Chris Moore has been re-elected President of the New Zealand Law Society. He was elected unopposed at the Law Society Council meeting on 11 April. Mr Moore became the Society’s 29th President in April last year, when he succeeded Jonathan Temm. Since April 2013 Mr Moore has been a partner with specialist projects firm Greenwood Roche Chisnall. This is the third firm he has been a partner of, having moved from Meredith Connell. Before that he was a partner of Russell McVeagh. Mr Moore was chair of the Property Law Section from 2003 until 2013, President of the Law Society’s Auckland branch from 2009 until March 2013, and Vice-President (Auckland) from 2012 until he became the Society’s President. Mr Moore has more than 35 years’ legal experience, spanning a range of industry sectors, including commercial property, resource management, local government and public law. He regularly acts for overseas and institutional investors acquiring property interests in New Zealand and on the ongoing management and administration of those investments.

Mark Wilton is the new Wellington Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Society. Mr Wilton, the Police Prosecution Service’s Principal Prosecutor, has just served as Wellington branch President for the last two years. Wairarapa born and bred, Mr Wilton went from Rathkeale College to Canterbury University, where he graduated with a BA LLB. Music was his BA major. Admited in 1993, he worked as a paralegal at Stephenson Harwood in London, and was admitted in England and Wales in 1995. On his return to New Zealand, he worked as a litigator in Christchurch before returning to the Wairarapa and working for Wollerman Cooke & McClure (now WCM Legal) for about five years. In 2001, he moved to Wellington, joining Tripe Matthews & Feist as a criminal and civil litigator. Mr Wilton’s move to the Police Prosecution Service came in late 2003, when he became the Taranaki rural prosecutor, based in Hawera. He then moved to Wellington. Alongside law, opera is a passion for Mr Wilton. He is married to Annabel, who has practised family law, and they have two sons, Henry and Oscar.

Sarah-Jane Weir has been appointed to the Copyright Tribunal for a term of three years. Ms Weir will join Professor Susy Frankel (chairperson), Paul Sumpter, Peter Dengate-Thrush, Jane Glover and Sarah Bacon as the current tribunal members. Professor Frankel has also been reappointed chair and Mr Sumpter as a member for another term. Ms Weir has a Masters in Intellectual Property Law from Melbourne University. Previously a partner at Anderson Lloyd and now a consultant, she is also a director of Nelmac Ltd, a Nelson City Council controlled organisation, and Network Tasman Ltd, an electricity lines company, and is chairperson of Fresh FM, a community access radio station.

Auckland barrister David Plunkett has been appointed a member of the Accident Compensation Appeal Authority for a three-year term. The authority hears appeals against Accident Compensation Corporation decisions and reviews decisions that were made under the 1972 or 1982 Accident Compensation Acts. Generally, the appeals and reviews considered by the authority relate to injuries that occurred before 1 July 1992. Mr Plunkett has previously held appointments to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, Deportation Review Tribunal, Residence Review Board, Removal Review Authority and Refugee Status Appeals Authority.

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