Five minutes with...Dean Russ, Fletcher Vautier Moore

by NZ Lawyer28 Feb 2014
Dean Russ is a partner at Nelson-based full-service firm Fletcher Vautier Moore and specialises in contract and insolvency litigation. He talks to NZ Lawyer about the one thing not to miss on a visit to Tasman Bay and what he thinks the biggest issue facing regional firms in 2014 will be…

NZ Lawyer: How long have you worked with Fletcher Vautier Moore and what brought you to the firm?
Dean Russ: I’ve worked for Fletcher Vautier Moore for six years. An opportunity to work in a progressive law firm in a fabulous location [attracted me to Fletcher Vautier Moore].
NZL: What’s the best thing about being a lawyer in a regional area?
DR: Great work and great lifestyle
NZL: How would you sum up lawyers in three words?
DR: Diverse, interesting and dedicated
NZL: What’s the most interesting/challenging case you’ve ever worked on?
DR: A commercial claim for compensation from the Crown under the New Zealand Bill of Rights, which ended in the Privy Council
NZL: What’s the strangest case you’ve ever worked on/been involved with?
DR: Anything crime-related!
NZL: You’re based in Nelson – what’s one thing that visitors to the town should never miss?
DR: Golden Bay.
NZL: Do you have any hobbies/interests outside of work?
DR: Anything outdoors but particularly tramping, hunting and fishing.

NZL: What do you think will be single biggest issue facing the legal industry in New Zealand in 2014, particularly regional firms?
DR: Maintaining a high level of client service in an increasingly competitive and regulated environment

NZL: What do you love about your job?
DR: No two days are ever the same - and the learning process never stops