Simpson Grierson welcomes back two alumni as new senior associates

Firm says both appointments bring with them “a wealth of knowledge and experience”

Simpson Grierson welcomes back two alumni as new senior associates

Simpson Grierson has announced the return of Michelle Dunlop and Judith Cheyne as new senior associates.

Dunlop, a digital technology, privacy, and data specialist, joins the firm’s Auckland commercial group. She has experience across a wide range of commercial matters, with a focus on working with clients in the development, deployment, and implementation of technology solutions, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning-based solutions.

Prior to re-joining Simpson Grierson, she worked in-house for AI company DeepMind, where she advised on a variety of contracting arrangements and regularly counselled on regulatory and compliance issues affecting emerging technologies.

Meanwhile, Cheyne, a local government expert, joins the firm’s Christchurch local government and environment group. She advises on all areas of local government, including decision-making, consultation and conflict of interest matters, rating issues, development contributions, land transport/roads, Three Waters issues, and bylaws and policy development.

Prior to re-joining Simpson Grierson, Judith was part of the in-house legal team at Christchurch City Council for several years. She has significant experience with the Building Act and other local government regulatory issues, and advises on statutory interpretation and liability issues.

Anne Callinan, chair of Simpson and Grierson, said that the firm is delighted to welcome back two alumni who are both leaders in their respective fields.

“We enjoy keeping in touch with alumni and it’s very rewarding when they choose to return after pursuing new opportunities in-house and overseas,” said Callinan. “Michelle and Judith bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that add to the strength of our commercial and local government and environment groups.”

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