Top Auckland lawyer rides off into the Christchurch sunset

by Sol Dolor19 Dec 2016
A retiring Auckland lawyer has been recognised for his top work, particularly the years he spent providing pro bono legal advice to help those less fortunate.
John Delugar, co-founder of the Manukau firm Denham Bramwell Lawyers, is retiring this month and moving to Christchurch soon to be closer to family, a Times report notes.
Delugar, a Cockle Bay resident, has been particularly supportive of Habitat for Humanity New Zealand. In fact, he was a member of the committee which set up the organisation in the Manukau area.
That’s where he met Ken Stevenson, described by the Times as a long-time friends and colleague, who says Delugar has had a “tremendous contribution” Habitat for Humanity.
“When Habitat for Humanity first started up, we needed proper legal documents for national (family and international contracts), and he did that all for free. It was outstanding,” Stevenson said, noting how the top lawyer saved the organisation a lot of money by working for free.
“He’s a really neat guy,” Stevenson said of his friend.
Delugar, who first worked in London after earning his degree, has served as Manukau’s representative to the national board of Habitat for Humanity NZ for nine years. He was also president of the Manukau Rotary Club for around 12 months in the mid-1990s, the [publication notes.
In 2010, Delugar was inducted into the Manukau Business Hall of Fame for his charity work in the Manukau area.
He co-founded Denham Bramwell Lawyers in 2014 with former business partner Brett Abraham. The firm focuses on property, estates and trusts, commercial and civil litigation and family and private client services.

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