Bell Gully builds ranks with 11 promotions

by Sol Dolor31 Jan 2018
Bell Gully has elevated 11 lawyers to its senior ranks. The round of promotions included the appointments of two new partners and a special counsel.

Laura Littlewood and Jesse Wilson have joined the firm’s partnership, while Glenn Shewan has been promoted to special counsel.

Littlewood is a specialist in corporate transactions, commercial contracts, technology innovation, data, cybersecurity, consumer law, and e-commerce. She has a particular focus on data and disruption in the consumer and retail sectors.

“Laura's appointment further strengthens the firm's digital offering,” said Chris Gordon, Bell Gully chair.

Wilson is a seasoned commercial litigator with specialist knowledge in company and shareholder disputes, competition law, and regulatory investigations. He has particular expertise in securities law. Gordon said Wilson also specialises in contentious construction and insurance disputes.

Shewan, who is known for his handling of complex matters, was promoted for his work for clients needing competition and other regulatory expertise, Gordon said.

Bell Gully’s eight new senior associates are Adri Lock, Hannah Musgrave, Nicola Peak, Morgan Powell, Hayden Roberts, Bridget Thompson, Michael Tilley, and Rosemary Wooders.

Lock specialises in commercial property law, with a particular focus on retail leasing, and acts for large commercial property landlords and tenants.

Musgrave is a commercial and criminal trial advocate, who has experience in insurance, judicial review, local government matters, trust disputes, and regulatory and white-collar crime.

Peak’s practice covers commercial property, including property transactions, buying and selling land and commercial buildings, development agreements, commercial leasing and complex transactions.

Powell specialises in litigation, particularly in commercial, insurance, and leasing disputes. He acts for insurers in matters related to the Canterbury earthquake sequence.

Banking and finance expert Thompson specialises in acquisition finance, asset finance and leasing, securitisations, and general corporate finance.

Tax specialist Roberts has particular experience in tax disputes and litigation, having been involved in a number of disputes with the Inland Revenue Department, acting for taxpayers.

Tilley, who is a specialist in competition and regulatory matters, focuses on merger control, cartel investigations, and misuse of market power claims.

Wooders is an expert in employment law. Her clients include employers and senior executives who she advises on contentious and advisory employment matters including personal grievances and disputes, collective bargaining matters, restraints of trade, absence management, redundancy and performance issues, and negotiated exits.


Laura Littlewood


Jesse Wilson


Glenn Shewan


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