Acting Principal Environment Judge Laurence Newhook has been appointed the permanent Principal Environment Judge. Judge Newhook graduated LLB (Hons) and was admitted in 1972. He worked as staff solicitor and later partner at law firm Towle and Cooper and successor firms Brandon Brookfield, latterly Brookfields, until his appointment to the Environment Court in 2001. Judge Newhook has been acting as Principal Environment Judge for the past two years and has been actively involved in courts administration.
Auckland commercial barrister and legal consultant Rabin Rabindran has been appointed a Director of Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd. Mr Rabindran is the Chairman of the Bank of India (NZ) Ltd and a Director of Auckland Transport.
Linda Clark has been appointed to the judging panel for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. A solicitor at Chapman Tripp in Wellington, Ms Clark is a former political journalist.
The College of Law New Zealand has appointed seven new adjunct lecturers in its Professional Legal Studies Course, commonly referred to as “profs”. Deborah Fox is an Auckland sole practitioner with a background in commercial and corporate law. She was previously a partner of Simpson Grierson. Philip Hamlin is an Auckland barrister who specialises in criminal matters and was for many years a Crown prosecutor. Robert Hesketh is an Auckland barrister who practises in professional discipline and negligence, criminal law, civil litigation, relationship property, employment law and family protection. For 10 years he was the Director of Human Rights Proceedings at the Office of Human Rights Proceedings. Jacqueline Lethbridge is a litigation partner at Grove Darlow & Partners in Auckland. She practises in complex commercial disputes including ordinary proceedings, liquidation and bankruptcy proceedings, writ of sequestration proceedings, interim injunctions, freezing order applications, and declaratory judgment applications. Robert Makgill is an Auckland barrister with 18 years’ experience specialising in environmental, natural resources and public law. Rosemary Robertson is a Hamilton barrister working in personal and company insolvency law, contractual and company disputes, and estate disputes including family protection claims. Jeremy Sutton is a Manukau family law specialist. He has had 21 years’ experience as a senior barrister in New Zealand and overseas.