New chair elected to Dentons Kensington Swan board

Hayden Wilson will also become part of Dentons's global board

New chair elected to Dentons Kensington Swan board

A new chair has been elected to the Dentons Kensington Swan board.

Hayden Wilson took over from David Campbell, who stepped down after three years as chair, effective yesterday. Wilson also becomes part of the Dentons global board.

Wilson is a seasoned litigator who has headed up Dentons Kensington Swan’s litigation team in Wellington. He focuses on public, regulatory and commercial litigation, and has acted for regulatory bodies and government agencies, playing, the firm said, a key role in Dentons Kensington Swan’s relationships with these bodies.

He has much experience in handling complex commercial and public law disputes, and honed his skills in mediation at New Zealand’s Resolution Institute and California’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine University). He has also received recognition from the Legal 500 for his litigation work in New Zealand.

In addition, Wilson served as an active board member at Dentons Kensington Swan for three years. He brings “a wealth of governance and leadership experience” to his new role as chair, as well as “an exciting vision for the future of law and Dentons Kensington Swan,” the firm said.

“We are delighted that Hayden been appointed as our new chair. Hayden has an absolute commitment to client service and a deep understanding of our business. We know with his guidance, we are in a strong position to continue building the firm of the future,” CEO Charles Spillane said.

Spillane also thanked Campbell for his contributions to the firm during his time as chair.

“We would also like to thank David Campbell for his incredible contribution and commitment to setting the strategic direction of Dentons Kensington Swan during his tenure as chair. He, alongside Hayden, were key driving forces behind our decision to seek greater international connectedness to serve our clients by combining with Dentons earlier this year,” Spillane said.

Joining Wilson on the current board of Dentons Kensington Swan are Paul Buetow, Catriona Grover and Hayley Miller.

“The equal representation of women and men at the highest levels of the firm’s governance is something the firm is truly proud of, and speaks volumes about Dentons Kensington Swan’s culture and our commitment to diversity,” the firm said.

In July, Dentons made promotions across its Australasia offices, which saw John Simpson and Scott Pollok from the IP and technology team in Auckland elevated to senior associates. The firm also promoted Komdal Lonagata (commercial) and Maryanne Tusais (litigation) from its Port Moresby office in Papua New Guinea to senior associates.

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