Anthony Harper starts year with a bang

by Sol Dolor16 Jan 2018
Anthony Harper has started 2018 with a bang with its largest promotion round yet.

The firm has appointed two new partners, two new special counsel, six new senior associate and three new associates.

Malcolm Hurley, managing partner, said that the firm is continuing to grow and this growth is sustained by the strength and expertise of the people who work in its teams.

The firm’s new partners, Jackie Behrnes and Megan Compton, are both based in Christchurch. Behrnes is a member of the firm’s employment team, while Compton is with its corporate advisory group.

Behrnes, who has practiced in both New Zealand and the UK, joined the firm in early 2017. She has extensive experience in employment law, with a particular focus on senior executive employment issues, redundancy, personal grievances, disciplinary processes, employment agreements and dispute resolution.


Jackie Behrnes
Compton, who joined the firm in 2015, has also worked in both New Zealand and the UK. Her practice covers M&A, commercial agreements, and intellectual property. She has particular expertise in the tourism sector and she leads the firm’s tourism specialty.


Megan Compton
 “We value each member of our partnership team. Our diverse leadership gives Anthony Harper a strong competitive advantage as we are able to look at opportunities from a myriad of different perspectives. It is one of the factors behind our tremendous growth and success over the last few years,” Hurley said.

Anthony Harper’s new special counsel are Aimee Edwards and Lynne Van, who are based in Christchurch and Auckland, respectively.

Edwards, who has more than 17 years’ experience as a lawyer, is an expert trust and asset planning lawyer. She has particular focus on trusts, asset protection, elder law, estate planning and wills.


Aimee Edwards
Van is a litigation expert who has extensive experience in insolvency, property, securities enforcement, and recoveries. She has bachelors and masters degrees from Auckland University. She was listed as a "Next Generation Lawyer" in the 2018 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide.


Lynne Van
“We have a strong, collaborative culture and we like to see our people grow and develop. This year we have promoted more lawyers to the position of special counsel and senior associate than at any previous time. This gives us a real depth of expertise which in turn provides our clients with the very best service," Hurley said.

The firm’s new senior associates are Pip Breitmeyer, Sarah Chin, Dominic Fitchett, Jessica Hanning, Joey James, and Jullion Nelson Parker. Breitmeyer, Hanning, and Jullion are listed as “Next Generation Lawyers.”


Pip Breitmeyer


Sarah Chin


Dominic Fitchett


Jessica Hanning

Joey James


Jullion Nelson Parker

Promoted to associate are Sarah Anderson, Alice Chan, and Jordan Wright. The firm’s promotions took effect at the start of the year.


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