New promotions at Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is pleased to announce a number of new promotions to mark the start of 2018

"Anthony Harper is continuing to grow and this growth is sustained by the strength and expertise of the people who work in our teams," says Malcolm Hurley, Managing Partner.

Two new promotions to partner at Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is pleased to announce the promotion to partner of Jackie Behrnes in Employment and Megan Compton in Corporate Advisory, both based in our Christchurch office.

"I am very proud to add Jackie and Megan to our partnership team," says Malcolm Hurley, Managing Partner.

"The road to partnership is difficult, combining exemplary talent, dedication and a willingness to always go above and beyond with each and every client. Both Jackie and Megan have distinguished themselves in their chosen practice areas of employment law and corporate advisory, providing outstanding results for their clients and fostering inclusive working relations within their teams."

"We value each member of our partnership team. Our diverse leadership gives Anthony Harper a strong competitive advantage as we are able to look at opportunities from a myriad of different perspectives. It is one of the factors behind our tremendous growth and success over the last few years," adds Hurley.

Jackie Behrnes joined Anthony Harper in early 2017. She has worked as a specialist employment lawyer in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and has extensive experience in employment law. She has particular expertise in senior executive employment issues, redundancy, personal grievances, disciplinary processes, employment agreements and dispute resolution.

"Jackie is a valued member of our team. Her skill and expertise have already won her many new clients who value her sound, business focused advice."

Megan Compton joined Anthony Harper in 2015 as a Senior Associate, having practised in large national and international practices in Auckland and London. She provides her clients with the full range of corporate and commercial law services, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements and intellectual property advice. She has a particular interest in the tourism sector and leads Anthony Harper's tourism speciality.

Clients describe Megan as "very knowledgeable" and a "joy to work with". She is recognised a "Next Generation Lawyer" in both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide.

"Megan is justly recognised as a 'rising star' and is one of our most talented young partners. She has the drive to take on new challenges and consistently delivers exceptional results for her clients."

Bumper crop of new internal promotions to senior positions

"We have a strong, collaborative culture and we like to see our people grow and develop. This year we have promoted more lawyers to the position of Special Counsel and Senior Associate than at any previous time."

Lynne Van is promoted to Special Counsel. Based in Auckland, Lynne is an expert litigator with extensive experience in insolvency, property, securities enforcement and recoveries. Lynne was recently ranked as a "Next Generation Lawyer" in the 2018 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide. Lynne graduated from Auckland University with both a bachelors and masters in law and she is noted by clients for 'providing an extremely good service'.

Aimee Edwards is also promoted to Special Counsel. Aimee is a highly experienced trust and asset planning lawyer with over 17 years' experience. Based in Christchurch her practice focuses on trusts, asset protection, elder law, estate planning and wills. Aimee joined Anthony Harper in late 2016 as a Senior Associate and this promotion recognises her proven ability and technical expertise.

Six lawyers were promoted to the position of Senior Associate. These include Pip Breitmeyer, Jessica Hanning and Jullion Nelson Parker who are also ranked as "Next Generation Lawyers" in the2018 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide. Joey James, Dominic Fitchett and Sarah Chin are also promoted to Senior Associate.

Alice Chan, Sarah Anderson and Jordan Wright have been promoted to Associate.

The internal promotions took effect from 1 January 2018.


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