Ben Abbott

Ben Abbott

Ben has worked in many capacities and countries with the Key Media family over the last 8 years including significant stints on our legal publications. This time around, he is writing on a freelance basis for the Australasian Lawyer, and NZ Lawyer websites.

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Aspiration drives four new partner promotions

A law firm has elevated four new lawyers to its partnership thanks to what it calls its aspiration for four key practices within its full-service client offering.

Trump and Brexit votes could bear on 2017 election

The management of top tier law firms in New Zealand have warned next year’s election is not immune from global political shifts that have resulted in Trump and Brexit.

Four fresh partnership faces for top local firm

A top tier law firm has refreshed its partnership bench with the promotion of four new lawyers in a move it says will enhance its ‘dynamic’ network of legal specialists.

Law firms bet on diversity for future success

New Zealand law firms say diversity has now become a matter of pure survival, with a diverse team of lawyers likely to be better suited to the challenges of legal change ahead.

Centre of excellence

Centre of excellence

New Zealand’s highly competitive capital demands the best of law firms, and as Ben Abbott finds, excellence in Wellington means being something greater than just local.

Australasian firms at risk of collapse in current market

Some firms in Australasia may be at risk of collapsing as highly dynamic market forces combined with the inability to change leave businesses exposed.

Contribution the key, as local leader makes her mark

A prominent NZ lawyer will continue to make a contribution to New Zealand’s legal practice and society this year in two ways.

Clients warned on paying ‘lip service’ to ‘corporate veil’

A recent case highlights that New Zealand’s courts may be willing to pierce the ‘corporate veil’ of ownership in pursuit of parent companies.

Male lawyers failing to impress female in-house clients

Male-dominated law firms will need to adjust their approach to legal service if they are to win over and meet the needs of female in-house clients.

Conflict a part of life as disputes continue steady flow

Dispute resolution practitioners are expecting 2015 to result in continued activity in both commercial litigation and arbitration.