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Bell Gully appoints eight senior staff

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Bell Gully has appointed a new partner, Tim Smith, and seven senior associates.

Tim Smith joins the Wellington litigation team. He specialises in commercial and public law litigation. Before joining Bell Gully he was a partner in the Wellington Crown Solicitor’s office and Crown Counsel and deputy team leader of the tax and commercial team at the Crown Law Office.

Ian Becke joined Bell Gully in November 2016 after moving to New Zealand in 2014 from Australia where he worked for Ashurst. He has 10 years’ experience advising on the structuring, procurement and delivery of infrastructure and construction projects including public private partnerships and the acquisition and divestment of real estate assets.

Toni Forrest has returned to the firm after five and a half years working in London. She is a specialist corporate lawyer with experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, capital raisings and corporate restructurings.

Angela Harford has returned to Bell Gully after four years working for Slaughter and May in London. She specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, private equity, corporate restructuring and complex commercial contracts.

Richard Massey has worked with the firm since 2013 and has broad commercial litigation experience. He acts on major regulatory investigations and complex High Court disputes, with a particular focus on competition, banking and consumer law.

Susannah Shaw returns to the firm after working in-house at Unisys New Zealand. She specialises in contracting advice to the public and private sector and has particular expertise on major IT outsourcing projects.

Brad Ward joined Bell Gully in 2010 after graduating. He is a commercial litigator with experience in complex commercial disputes, particularly in contentious construction matters and insurance disputes.

Lauren Whitehead joined the firm in March 2017 after a decade working for Australian firm Herbert Smith Freehills. She advises on infrastructure projects and public private partnerships including probity aspects, as well as construction and general corporate advisory.