MinterEllisonRuddWatts elevates three to partner

by Sol Dolor11 Dec 2017
The MinterEllisonRuddWatts partnership will get a boost in the new year with the promotion of John Conlan, Jane Standage, and Oliver Skilton.

Six new senior associates have also been named by the firm, which said it is continuing its strong growth despite a competitive legal-services environment. They are Maria Collett-Bevan, John Fowler, Elena Kim, Briar Richardson, Alisaundre van Ammers, and Wendy Wang.

The promotions take effect on 1 January and upon completion of New Zealand Law Society requirements.

Conlan started his legal career as a law clerk at the firm before moving to Herbert Smith Freehills and London. When he returned to New Zealand, he then took on in-house roles at Z Energy NZ and then returned to MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Conlan specialises in M&A, corporate finance, structured finance, and commercial contracting.

In addition to being a judge’s clerk at the Court of Appeal and a junior to David Goddard QC at Thorndon Chambers, Standage also has international experience. She joined Allen & Overy in London after finishing her LLM from the New York University School of Law on Fulbright and Hauser Global scholarships.

She joined Bell Gully upon her return to New Zealand in 2014, before moving to MinterEllisonRuddWatts earlier this year. Standage is a specialist in banking and financial services litigation, class-action disputes, complex contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and disputes involving issues of companies and securities law.

Skilton, who worked at Clayton Utz in Sydney and Clyde & Co in London before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2010, is a commercial litigation expert. His extensive experience includes work in regulatory investigations, contractual, shareholder and intellectual property disputes, and consumer-related issues.


(L-R) Oliver Skilton, Jane Standage and John Conlan


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