Bell Gully, Kensington Swan announce new appointments

by Allie Sanchez27 Jan 2017
Two major New Zealand law firms named veteran lawyers to key positions, according to separate announcements.

Bell Gully said in an online notice that it added five lawyers to its roster of partners, as well as two special counsels.

Karl Anderson, a commercial property and real estate lawyer; Tim Fitzgerald, a commercial litigation expert; Tania Goatley, a media law expert; mergers and acquisitions specialist Chris Goddard; and tax specialist Graham Murray were named partners in the law firm.

Meanwhile, Sarah McQueen is special counsel with focus on managed law funds, while Sally Whincop specialises in commercial property transactions.

“These seven appointments further strengthen our team across all our practice areas and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing clients with the highest standard of advice and service across all areas of law,” Bell Gully chair Chris Gordon said in the announcement.

Similarly, Kensington Swan said it has made one new appointment and three promotions within its ranks.

Marija Batistich was brought in to be special counsel for environment and planning. Meanwhile, Duncan Haliwell was named special counsel for construction; Natalie Amos was bumped up to senior associate for environment and planning; and Tom McLaughlin was promoted to senior associate.

 “All four have a strong commitment to their clients and these appointments recognise the expertise and leadership they possess in their areas of specialisation,” the firm said in its announcement.

The appointments in the two law firms took effect 1 January.

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