Senior associate makes partner in Lane Neave's New Year promotions round

The new addition to the partnership has experience with commercial property and aviation law

Senior associate makes partner in Lane Neave's New Year promotions round
Michelle Needham

Senior associate Michelle Needham has made partner in Lane Neave’s annual New Year promotions round.

She is the only solicitor in the promotions cycle to be elevated to the partnership, and will take up the role on 1 January.

Queenstown-based Needham has experience in handling commercial property law and aviation law. She has tackled property matters, succession planning, rural and residential conveyancing, and the sale and purchase of assets.

She has worked with individuals and large corporations, bringing a solutions-centred approach to her property practice. She is also part of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

The firm also promoted associate Joseph Harrop (employment) to senior associate. Meanwhile, senior solicitors Alex Stone (corporate and commercial) and Kieran Miller (property) rose to the associate position.

Solicitors Steffan Ronald (commercial property), Isabella Eaton (litigation and dispute resolution) and Hannah Petrie (Lifelaw) were promoted to senior solicitor. These promotions will also take effect on 1 January.

“We promote carefully and selectively, so the seven lawyers promoted in this round have every right to feel very proud of their achievements, and excited about this next stage of their careers,” Lane Neave managing partner Andrew Shaw said. “All seven promotions are very well deserved and recognise each person’s professional growth and dedication to their clients.”

The firm said that its bi-annual promotions cycles “recognise exceptional technical ability and client care” displayed by its lawyers across the different offices.

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