New Zealand Law Society - Brian Desmond Lynch LLB, 1929 - 2012

Brian Desmond Lynch LLB, 1929 - 2012

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By Chris Lynch

The legal profession lost one of its most respected and dedicated members, and our family a most loved and cherished father and grandfather when Brian Lynch died suddenly and unexpectedly on 9 September 2012.

The loss of my father Brian will not only be felt by the partners and staff at Inder Lynch, and the clients he served so diligently, but by the legal profession as a whole. Throughout his whole working life – right up to the day that he died – Brian worked tirelessly for his clients, maintaining the highest professional standards and ethics. Although he retired from partnership in 1997, he continued working as a consultant for Inder Lynch with the same dedication to his clients and to the firm he had given as a partner.

Born on 29 May 1929, Brian worked for Buddle & Richmond as a law clerk while he studied at the University of Auckland, and after graduating in 1951, found employment with RH Mackay. In March 1953, he came to Papakura and joined Norm Inder in practice. He became a partner on 1 April 1955, and thus the firm of Inder Lynch came to be. Brian and Norm forged a unique partnership together, built on mutual respect, and putting your clients’ needs ahead of your own. Always courteous, always humble. He once told me the sagest piece of advice he received as a young lawyer from a senior practitioner was: “Don’t worry about the fees, just remember to always look after your clients.” This was the philosophy that Brian Lynch applied to his practice of law every day.The two words I have heard most about my father since his passing are “integrity” and “gentleman”. Never were two words more accurate.

Brian also served the profession in a number of roles throughout his life. From President of the Franklin Law Practitioners Association in 1957, he went on to serve as a member of the Auckland District Law Society from 1966 to 1987, and was President in 1978. He also served on the Council of the New Zealand Law Society from 1975 to 1979, becoming Vice-President in 1979. Brian also served on the NZLS Ethics Committee from 1981 to 1984, and was a highly respected member of the NZLS Disciplinary Tribunal from 1985 to 1992. Although he was never one to boast of his achievements, I do know the achievement that gave him the most satisfaction was his role as Convenor of the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office Committee from 1979 to 1981 which established the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office – the first of its kind in the country.

Brian was honoured as Distinguished Member of the Auckland District Law Society in 2001.

Away from the law, Brian had a great love of sport, his church, music, singing and the great outdoors. As a member of the Auckland Tramping Club he walked many of the great walking tracks (and some of the lesser known ones, too) that our country has to offer. In fact, that is what he was doing on 9 September, when he passed away.

Brian is survived by his 6 children and 13 grandchildren. His passing has left a huge gap in all of their lives. He was involved in their lives in every way, and so proud of their achievements. For myself and others at Inder Lynch, not having him in the next door office to get advice or cast a discerning eye over a letter or a document, will leave a gap which cannot be filled.

To our family, he was a loving Dad, and Grandpa, our Pater Familias, and we all miss him.

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