Henry Stokes appointed general counsel at Perpetual Guardian

The trustee services space is an area where you get to have a massive impact on more people.
Perpetual Guardian general counsel Henry Stokes


Trustee company Perpetual Guardian has appointed Henry Stokes to the role of general counsel. Stokes joined the company on August 1 and brings a wealth of trustee services experience from in-house and private practice roles.

Stokes most recently served as general counsel, retail for state-owned trustee company Public Trust and was previously a partner of Hamilton law firm McBreens Solicitors. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato.

“The legal profession and trustee services can be viewed as traditional and not particularly fast-paced – though to me, as someone that likes to break down these stigmas, the trustee services space is an area where you get to have a massive impact on more people. It is both a very interesting and rewarding area of law to be in,” he said.

Stokes said in addition to his core duties as general counsel, much of his focus in the first year on the job will  relate to the new Trusts Act 2019, which will come into effect on 30 January 2021. 

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