Former Kensington Swan and Chapman Tripp chief executive Alastair Carruthers has ended his long New Zealand-London commutes as he moves to London full time to be with partner, famed chef Peter Gordon and to enjoy time in Europe.
The Sunday Times reported that Sugar Club founder Gordon is himself a long distance commuter with his restaurants and food enterprises, which bring him back to New Zealand around five times a year he told the magazine.
While there’s still a plateful of food pursuits – including consulting for Air NZ, a trendy doughnut business, cooking for events and thoughts of opening a simple new eatery in London Fields – Gordon is hoping the next 12 months will allow time for ski trips with Al and dinners in Venice.
“My boyfriend is moving, so I’d like to have a more relaxing rest of the year,” he said.
He is also a former NZLS Corporate Lawyer of the Year and follows Alastair Carruther’s work on rebuilding Kensington Swan after a tough few years and enhancing its role in terms of gender diversity and introducing new legal talent such as Nicole Xanthopol and creating a more cohesive and competitive firm.
Alastair Carruthers was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and has enjoyed an extensive career in the arts and business.
He has worked as executive assistant to then cabinet minister Phil Goff, taught music and writing, worked as a consultant, chaired the Arts Council from 2007-2012 and served on the board of NZ Ballet – all in addition to his roles at Chapman Tripp, at the tender age of 32, and subsequently at Kensington Swan.
He also produced the film “Romeo & Juliet: A Love Song” among other activities.
Of Kensington Swan, he was reported in the NZ Herald last year talking of the firm in glowing terms:
“I’d always loved this firm,” he says. “Some of the best judges and most wonderful lawyers have come out of here. It’s always been a great place for women and always stood for something rigorous and wonderful, but also very contemporary and commercial in the way they do stuff.”
Part of the deal was that his work with KS would involve frequent travel to London, something he could do with the technology which, he says, was indicative of the firm’s bold and forward thinking.
“This firm is more likely than any other to take on what the modern century is like – it’s great to be a part of this.”
A New Film
While in London he may also be producing a film with a strong legal twist.
“It’s a legal drama which follows the trial of a guy called William Joyce in 1946. He was the Irish propagandist called Lord Haw-Haw and he annoyed Britain and Churchill a great deal by broadcasting from Berlin. He was then arrested and taken to Britain and tried and ultimately hanged for treason,” he told NZ Lawyer.
The proposed film will look in particular at the relationship between the defendant his lawyer in the context of 1946 British establishment.
“There are a whole bunch of legal and ethical issues associated with the story and it’s a fascinating piece,” said Carruthers.