High Court associate judge appointed

The Christchurch barrister’s main areas of practice have been contract, commercial, insolvency, and estate litigation

High Court associate judge appointed

Dale Lester has been appointed as associate judge of the High Court.

The Christchurch barrister earned his LLB (hons) from Canterbury University in 1990 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court in 1991, when he also started work as a solicitor at White Fox & Jones in Christchurch.

He was also a judge’s clerk at the Christchurch High Court bench in 1991 and 1992. He joined Rhodes & Co in 1994 as a litigation solicitor, before joining Saunders & Co in 1994. He made partner in 1998.

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He became a barrister sole in 2003 and co-founded Canterbury Chambers in 2007. His main areas of focus have been contract, commercial, insolvency, and estate litigation. He has extensive experience in disputes concerning property transactions and leases. He has also been mediator and arbitrator.

The associate justice’s swearing in is on 19 December at the High Court in Christchurch at 11am.

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