New Zealand Law Society - Bell Gully announces six new senior associates

Bell Gully announces six new senior associates

Bell Gully has appointed six senior associates in the corporate, litigation, employment and projects and real estate teams: Charles Wong, Hannah Turton, Rebecca Compson, Ruth Keats, Adam Conti and Matthew Flinn. 

Top: Charles Wong, Hannah Turton, and Rebecca Compson. Bottom: Ruth Keats, Adam Conti, and Matthew Flinn.

Charles Wong, projects and real estate 
Charles focuses on real estate developments and front-end construction work. He advises on a range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and divestments, commercial leases, ground leases and project development. He also advises on construction contracts, professional services agreements and construction financing arrangements across a range of sectors. 

Hannah Turton, corporate 
Hannah is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises organisations across a broad range of sectors. She works for companies, listed issuers, private equity sponsors and other financial investors, on M&A and other corporate and commercial matters. Hannah started her career at Bell Gully and returned to the firm in 2024, after four years working in the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 

Rebecca Compson, employment 
Rebecca is a specialist employment lawyer with experience supporting corporate businesses and senior executives. She provides advice on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters and transactional issues, such as large-scale corporate restructurings, personal grievances, incentive schemes, disciplinary and performance management processes and negotiated exits. Rebecca has recently returned to Bell Gully, where her legal career began, after practising for several years in the UK. 

Ruth Keats, corporate 
Ruth is an experienced commercial lawyer, and provides advice on commercial contracts across both public and private sectors. She provides advice on all manner of procurement and commercial contracts, with a particular focus on technology, infrastructure, public sector contracting and procurement. Ruth worked for several years in the Commercial legal team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, advising on technology procurement projects. Prior to joining Bell Gully, she was a senior associate at another New Zealand law firm. 

Adam Conti, litigation and dispute resolution 
Adam specialises in complex commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and technology disputes. He also has practising experience in insolvency, insurance, corporate advisory, construction and workplace health and safety. Prior to joining Bell Gully, Adam spent several years working for commercial firms in Melbourne as a senior associate. Adam’s international experience positions him to assist individual and corporate clients to navigate the interplay between the Australian and New Zealand legal and regulatory landscapes in cross-border matters. 

Matthew Flinn, litigation and dispute resolution 
Returning to New Zealand after 12 years’ working as a barrister with 1 Crown Office Row Chambers in London, Matthew is an experienced litigator and advocate, with particular experience in tort law, data protection and public law. His experience negotiating outcomes in contentious matters and dealing with vulnerable clients positions him to manage cases which involve both complex legal regulatory issues and a sensitive human element.