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Ten promotions at MinterEllisonRuddWatts

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts has announced 10 promotions, including five new partners, one special counsel and four senior associates.

Amanda Spratt has been promoted to partner in the Auckland Property and Real Estate team. Amanda advises on a broad range of property matters, specialising in complex real estate acquisitions and disposals, property finance and commercial leasing. Amanda’s focus areas are health and aged care, agri-law and insolvency and she acts for a number of international real estate funds and global players in the agriculture and dairy industries.

Nick Frith has been promoted to partner in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team in Auckland. Nick specialises in commercial litigation with a focus on insurance disputes across all areas of the industry. He regularly acts for insurers, insured corporates and insurance brokers. Nick has significant experience in claims against and involving insurance brokers, large scale property damage and business interruption insurance claims and regulatory investigations. He also acts for lending institutions and other clients in debt recovery and enforcement matters.

Sarah Salmond has moved laterally to partner in the Corporate team in Auckland. Sarah has almost 20 years’ experience advising on a wide variety of public and regulatory law matters. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in law, public policy and economics fields in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and France. Her focus has been on international trade and investment law. Sarah also provides specialist advice on agriculture, food and beverage industry regulation and aspects of competition and consumer law.

Scott Thompson has been promoted to partner in the Construction team in Auckland. Scott is a specialist construction disputes lawyer. He advises clients involved in project disputes, both during and after the construction phase, including for negligence and non-compliant works, variations and extensions of time. He has acted on major infrastructure projects including road, rail, sport, education, and Government. Scott is also experienced in contentious rent review disputes and regularly appears in the arbitration forum.

Travis Tomlinson has been promoted to partner in the Construction team in Auckland. Travis is a front-end construction and major projects lawyer. He helps public and private-sector clients on their procurement planning, tendering, contract drafting and negotiations, project governance and project administration across a wide spectrum of industry sectors.

Travis is an elected Council Member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law, lectures the Construction Law paper at the University of Auckland Law School and is the lead lecturer for Law for Construction at the Auckland University of Technology.

Miles Dean has been promoted to Special Counsel in the Real Estate – Property team in Wellington.

April Payne (Dispute Resolution, Auckland), Holly Hill (Real Estate - Property, Wellington), Jordan Oldham (Construction, Auckland) and Olivia Wylie (Construction, Auckland) have been announced as new senior associates.