Moving on up in NZ firm

by Sam Jones17 Apr 2015
Three lawyers have been promoted at a national intellectual property firm.

James & Wells this week announced the appointment of Owen Culliney and Peter Brown as senior associates and Sebastien Aymeric as an associate.

A commercial lawyer in charge of the firm’s growing commercial team, Culliney joined James & Wells in 2013.

Culliney’s diverse practice sees him working to commercialise intellectual property, negotiate mergers and acquisitions, draft commercial agreements and oversee property related capital raising and development.

Brown is a patent attorney based at the firm’s Auckland office, who heads the Food and Beverage division. After joining James & Wells in 2008, he went on to pass his exams to qualify as a registered patent attorney in less than three years,  taking out the country’s top mark in two exams.

Aymeric is a member of the Auckland litigation and commercial teams, and focuses on commercial and intellectual property disputes. He joined the firm in 2012 and is on his way to becoming a registered patent attorney.

The promotions are a reflection of James & Wells’ commitment to professional development, managing partner Kate Wilson said.

“We have a clear vision of where we are heading, and it is definitely a good space for all of us.

“Owen, Peter and Sebastien’s professionalism, quality and value of the work is outstanding.

“Their promotions are a chance for us to celebrate their achievements, and to acknowledge the firm’s confidence in them for what they will accomplish with their new responsibilities.”