Simpson Grierson’s new partners for 2017 have been announced. The top firm has appointed Jo-Anne Knight, Josh Cairns, and Sarah Scott to the partnership. Their appointments took effect 1 January.
Knight, who became a partner in the firm's Auckland commercial litigation group, is a construction litigation and dispute resolution specialist. She has acted for contractors, principals, local authorities and consultants in more than 100 mediations and judicial settlement conferences. She has more than 20 years' experience in negotiating and advising on construction contracts and all forms of construction dispute litigation.
Cairns, who was named a partner in the firm’s Wellington banking and finance group, is a specialist in corporate finance and restructuring and insolvency law. His experience includes advising banks, financial institutions, corporates, and local authorities in matters that include transactional banking, project finance, acquisition finance, master lease programs, and syndications. He was part of the team that advised Solid Energy on its voluntary administration, a transaction that clinched both Deal of the Year and Capital Markets Deal of the Year at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards.
Scott will be heading the firm's Christchurch local government and environment group. She specialises in resource management and environmental law, advising public and private clients on district and regional planning processes, earthquake recovery matters, development and infrastructure projects, and resource management litigation. She was named Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year at last year's New Zealand Law Awards.
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