New Zealand Law Society - Otago branch President re-elected

Otago branch President re-elected

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Frazer Barton has been re-elected President of the New Zealand Law Society’s Otago branch.

Elected the branch’s Vice-President in 2014, Mr Barton became President last year.

The chair of Anderson Lloyd’s board and the head of the firm’s Dunedin litigation team, he has always been a litigation specialist and specialises in court work.


His career has involved many personal highlights.

“Working on a case that was heard in the Privy Council in London which involved a commercial partner and a breach of trade is one of the more significant examples,” he says.

“Another was being involved with a professional negligence case that resulted in a hearing in the Supreme Court, and I acted for the organiser of a cycle race which involved the death of a competitor. That particular case went all the way to the Court of Appeal and resulted in an acquittal.”

Mr Barton graduated from Otago University with a BA and an LLB with First Class Honours, specialising in public law.

He was admitted in January 1985 and worked as a solicitor in Christchurch before moving to Dunedin where he became a partner in Anderson Lloyd’s predecessor firm in 1988.

He has been a faculty member of the NZLS CLE Ltd Litigation Skills Programme since 1995.

Mr Barton was appointed to the Otago University Council in January this year. He is a member and former chair of the board of Presbyterian Support Otago and is a member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association.

He is married with three children and three grandchildren (who also live in Dunedin).

New Council

Webb Farry partner John Farrow has been elected the branch’s Vice-President and the Immediate Past President is David Robinson.

The Council members are: Karilyn Canton, Taryn Gudmanz, Jo Hambleton, Craig Power, Lucia Vincent, Dale Lloyd (Central Otago representative), Phil Hope (Oamaru representative), Kim Jarvis (OWLS representative) and Adam Keith (new practitioners representative).

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