New Zealand Law Society - Bell Gully announces eight senior appointments

Bell Gully announces eight senior appointments

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Bell Gully has announced the appointment of three new partners, two special counsel, a consultant, and two senior associates.

Jennifer Coote has been appointed a partner. Based in Auckland, she advises corporates, private equity and sovereign wealth funds on both the buy and sell sides.

She advises on transactions in a variety of industries including financial services, consumer products, manufacturing and industrial, technology and telecommunications.

Jennifer was admitted in 2006 after graduating with LLB(Hons) and BA degrees from the University of Otago. She returned to Bell Gully in 2015 after four and a half years working in the corporate team of the London office of Herbert Smith Freehills.

Glenn Shewan has been appointed a partner. Glenn is a specialist competition, regulatory and overseas investment lawyer and is based in Auckland.

He has extensive experience advising on the competition law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, having acted for leading corporate clients on major global transactions in Australia at Allens in Melbourne from 2005 to 2007, the UK at Linklaters from 2007 to 2011, and Europe.

Glenn has a BCom and LLB(Hons) from the University of Canterbury and a diploma in economics for competition law from Kings College, London. He was admitted in New Zealand in 2003, in Victoria in 2005 and in England and Wales in 2009 (non-practising).

Toni Forrest has been appointed a partner. Based in Wellington, Toni has significant experience and expertise in commercial property, projects and corporate matters and is in the industry-leading projects and real estate team.

As a transactional lawyer, Toni is accustomed to advising and delivering on complex transactions. Toni previously spent almost six years working in the corporate team of CMS Cameron McKenna, London from 2011 to 2016.

Tony was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2007 after graduating with BA and LLB degrees from the University of Otago.

Susannah Shaw has been appointed a special counsel and is a senior commercial lawyer with significant experience in both private and public sector contracting, with a particular focus on the ICT sector.

Admitted in 1998, Susannah commenced legal practice at Bell Gully that year after graduating BA and LLB from the University of Canterbury. She subsequently worked for two US multinationals (including a period based in the Netherlands) as well as New Zealand's largest telecommunications providers before returning to Bell Gully in 2017.

Campbell Pentney has been appointed senior counsel. He specialises in indirect taxes such as GST and custom duties as well as emerging technologies including blockchain and cryptocurrency.

He frequently advises on GST aspects of a broad range of transactions and is also an immigration lawyer. He has been involved in various disputes with both the Inland Revenue Department, Immigration New Zealand and the New Zealand Customs Service. Campbell graduated with BA and LLB(Hons) at the University of Auckland and was admitted in 2004.

Taylor Wood has been appointed to senior associate, Based in the Auckland litigation department, Taylor is a commercial litigator with particular experience in regulatory matters, competition and consumer law.

Taylor acts for a wide variety of clients across contentious matters including in regulatory investigations, court proceedings, arbitration, mediation and adjudications. She previously interned for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She then completed her training with Norton Rose Fulbright in Toronto, Canada between 2011 and 2012, which included a secondment to a major North American auto manufacturer. ​

Kate Redgewell has rejoined Bell Kelly as a consulant in the Wellington office after five years at Transpower New Zealand. Kate has substantial experience advising both public and private sector clients on all aspects of climate change law. This includes on regulatory and commercial constraints and opportunities to enable decarbonisation and adaptation.

Kate started her legal career at Bell Gully after her admission in 2000 after graduating LLB and BSc at the University of Otago.

Rupert Rouch has been appointed to senior associate in the Wellington office corporate team. ​​​​​Rupert advises a range of clients including listed and large unlisted companies, start-ups and public sector entities. He has significant knowledge across all aspects of commercial law.

Rupert joined Bell Gully in 2019 after several years as a senior associate in another major New Zealand law firm. He was admitted in 2011 with BCom and LLB degrees from the University of Canterbury.