Dunedin-based Anderson Lloyd’s continued growth has seen the law firm, one of the country’s longest-established, creating perhaps the largest property law practice in the country with five partners handling the firm’s property work firm-wide.
The firm’s Auckland office, established in 2014 has been a remarkable success and has recently added former senior Russell McVeagh partner Alan Paterson to the ‘mix’, joining former Russell McVeagh partners Geoff Busch, David Holden and Chris Bargery in the Britomart offices.
But this is no Russell McVeagh reboot. Anderson Lloyd’s smaller size, but national presence and rock-solid client base have contributed towards making the firm one of the strongest performers in the New Zealand legal marketplace.
The Auckland contingent is now at 20, with four partners working in property compared to none just two months ago. The firm size has doubled in the past six months alone.
The Paterson Effect
While the firm was always busy, including with its substantial and well established South Island practice, including a number of national and international businesses, the inclusion of Alan Paterson and clients who have followed him from Russell McVeagh has been a shot in the arm for Anderson Lloyd’s Auckland team.
The firm has always had a strong infrastructure and resource management practice, as well as its property and commercial law work, and is currently involved in two major infrastructure deals, including an irrigation project and other works that Chief Executive Richard Greenaway says has seen the Auckland office “buzzing”.
However, the rest of the firm has also been active.
South Island Growth
However not all the growth is in the north. The South Island offices are particularly busy also and the firm’s Dunedin office is shortly to be joined by a senior employment lawyer in a lateral move from another firm, further adding to the practice’s employment law strength.
The firm’s Queenstown office is another boomtown story, home to six of the firm’s 19 partners and frantically busy.
Richard Greenaway says the firm is fully committed to national growth, not just Auckland, and the dividends are now being gained through the quality of the firm’s work and its overall culture.