One newly promoted lawyer had extensive experience working with Big 4 accounting firms
Lane Neave has announced a series of mid-year promotions, with eight solicitors stepping up to new roles as of last Friday.
The firm elevated senior associates Katharine Hockly and Bethany Frowein to special counsel, while associates Ken Huang and Kristina Sutherland have been elevated to senior associates.
Hockly is a resource management and project lawyer with extensive experience acting for developers, infrastructure providers, and local government. She provides strategic advice on consenting strategy for major development and infrastructure projects and plan change processes.
An experienced litigator, she has represented clients in multiple proceedings before the High Court and the Environment Court. She has also settled several disputes through mediation processes.
Frowein specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She has over 14 years’ experience dealing with clients across the private and public sectors in Christchurch, London and Auckland.
She has represented liquidators, creditors, directors and finance companies in insolvency disputes and regulatory proceedings. She is also an insurance law specialist who has acted for numerous insured parties in complex insurance disputes.
Huang is a specialist Immigration lawyer who speaks fluent Mandarin and provides legal services to the firm’s Chinese client base. He assists private and corporate Chinese nationals with their business and investment related immigration applications.
He also plays a key role in providing support to other Chinese clients across the firm’s several practice areas, including commercial, employment, litigation, property, and family law.
Sutherland is a member of the firm’s corporate team. She regularly advises on a broad range of corporate, commercial, and business law matters.
She first joined Lane Neave as a senior solicitor in 2017. Previously, she managed the tax dispute resolution group of Deloitte UK in London, and began her legal career with PwC New Zealand as a tax consultant.
Meanwhile, Giana Fyfe, Hygeia King and Sophie Hayman have ascended to the role of associate. The firm also promoted solicitor Lisa Catto to senior solicitor.