Duncan Cotterill strengthens nationwide legal offering with four partner promotions

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Duncan Cotterill is delighted to announce four new partners, Chris Thomas, Edwin Boshier, Juliet Short and Nick Laing*. Upon their approval the firm will have 49 partners across five offices making us the second (equal) largest New Zealand law firm by partner number.

Richard Lang, Partner and Chairman of the Board at Duncan Cotterill, commented:

“These promotions reflect the demand we are seeing, from our clients, for commercially focussed legal advice and great service. 

The inclusion of Juliet brings the count of female partners to sixteen (32% of our partnership). As a group Chris, Edwin, Juliet and Nick have considerable and diverse experience including agribusiness, health and safety, insurance, insolvency and restructuring, litigation and dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions, public law, and technology. The partners and I are delighted to have them join us.”

Chris Thomas (Wellington) is a corporate and commercial lawyer who advises Start-Ups and Growth Companies in NZ’s burgeoning tech-sector. Chris’ clients include fast growing NZ companies in the Gaming, SaaS, Fintech, Agritech, FMCG, Biotech and Medical Technology sectors. Chris also advises a number of domestic and international Venture Capital firms investing into New Zealand companies.

With extensive dispute resolution experience, Edwin Boshier (Auckland) specialises in regulatory defence, civil and commercial litigation, and advising insurers.  Edwin will continue to represent businesses and individuals facing regulatory investigations and prosecution, particularly in the health & safety and resource management space, to provide legal counsel to liability and general insurers, and to manage a diverse range of civil, commercial and judicial review litigation.

Corporate and commercial lawyer Juliet Short (Auckland) offers strategic and practical legal support to business owners. With a background in private practice and in-house experience in primary sector/FMCG and financial services clients, Juliet will continue to focus on business establishments, restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, and contract drafting and negotiation.

Nick Laing (Nelson) is an experienced litigation lawyer with expertise in civil and commercial litigation, resolving diverse disputes (including in tribunals, mediations, arbitrations, and all levels of courts). Nick is a recognised medico-legal expert representing health service providers and health practitioners, as well as leading a specialist hospitality and alcohol-licensing practice.

Richard Lang, Partner and Chairman of the Board at Duncan Cotterill, commented

As we celebrate the promotion of our new partners, we look to the future. We remain committed to providing clients expert legal advice and working alongside them to help them achieve their goals”.

As soon as Law Society approval is obtained.

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