Three litigators receive senior associate nod at Russell McVeagh

The firm’s board chair referred to the newly promoted lawyers as “rising stars within our firm”

Three litigators receive senior associate nod at Russell McVeagh
Michelle Mau, Patrick Senior, Hannah Bain

Three litigators have been elevated to senior associate at Russell McVeagh.

Hannah Bain operates from the firm’s Wellington office, while Michelle Mau and Patrick Senior are based in Auckland. They are experts in various areas, including commercial disputes and environmental law.

“As rising stars within our firm, these lawyers are deserving of their promotions to senior associate, with each bringing expertise that supports growth areas for our clients and having proven themselves to be invaluable team members,” board chair Malcolm Crotty said.

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Bain has handled a variety of contentious matters, although she focuses on complex commercial disputes in the infrastructure, energy, banking and financial services sectors. She has been involved in regulatory investigations, and has also tackled climate change cases.

She spent some time in London with Herbert Smith Freehills specialising in banking litigation and dispute resolution. While there, she assisted in major proceedings and investigations that involved leading financial institutions in the UK.

She returned to Russell McVeagh this year.

Mau has experience providing top NZ businesses with advice on high-value commercial disputes. She has taken on many disputes involving construction and property and leasing, as well as insolvency and health and safety matters.

She joined the firm following her admission to practice in 2013.

Senior specialises in environmental and resource management law, as well as issues involving the local government and climate change. He has advised on a wide range of policy, advisory and transactional matters.

He has appeared before both the Environment Court and local authorities. He is a member of the Resource Management Law Association and of the Auckland District Law Society’s environmental and resource management law committee.

Senior first joined Russell McVeagh in 2012, just before his 2013 admission to the bar. He then headed to the UK to work with Stephenson Harwood, and recorded a stint with another NZ firm before he returned to Russell McVeagh this year.

The firm also elevated 16 to senior solicitor.

“The firm congratulates all of our senior lawyers on these career milestones,” Russell McVeagh said.

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