Duncan Cotterill bolsters its Wellington partner team

Hamish Walker and Olivia Grant.

This is a supplied media release.

Duncan Cotterill adds to its Wellington partner team with the lateral hire of Hamish Walker from another Wellington firm and the promotion of Olivia Grant to partner.

“2018 is proving to be a big year for Duncan Cotterill’s Wellington office with the growth in work we are seeing from new and existing clients. The appointments of Hamish and Olivia increase our Wellington-based partner numbers to nine and adds further expertise and experience to our client offering,” says partner Scott Moran.

“Hamish’s appointment strengthens our commercial team. He has a strong business, property and private client practice with a focus on franchising and licensing. His appointment complements our retail and franchise team’s skills and he will be supported by our existing commercial partners Dan Winfield, David Briscoe, Matt Yates, Nick Crang and myself.”

Mr Walker is experienced in acquisitions and sales, structuring, financing, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, governance, compliance, and contracts. His property work involves both residential and commercial property, and his private client work includes family trusts, asset protection, and estate planning. He is a member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand and the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society. He also sits on the Franchise Association’s complaints panel.

“Olivia has a particular focus on employment, health and safety and insurance matters which further reinforces our market leading national team and also works alongside fellow litigation partners Jonathan Scragg and Aaron Sherriff, who are growing our Wellington litigation practice,” says Mr Moran.

Ms Grant acts on statutory liability claims, professional indemnity and disciplinary matters, WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions, compliance and the implementation of health and safety policies and procedures, in a range of industries including forestry, manufacturing, agriculture, education, construction and hospitality.

She also advises senior management and HR advisers on all aspects of employment law, including disciplinary and performance matters, restructuring and redundancy procedures, personal grievances, protection of confidential information and human rights issues.


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