The firm also appointed a new special counsel to ring in the new year
Buddle Findlay has expanded its partnership to 47 with a new appointment based in its Christchurch office.
Litigator Olly Peers joined the partner ranks on 1 January. He is a dispute resolution specialist who has tackled matters involving company law, contract law, judicial review, debt recovery, insolvency, local government issues, regulatory enforcement, professional disciplinary matters and estate disputes.
He concentrates in particular on company disputes such as shareholder actions, and Buddle Findlay highlighted his role in significant minority shareholder actions under the Companies Act 1993. His clients include corporates seeking guidance on issues involving directors' duties and Companies Act compliance.
Peers has come before the District Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court. He has been part of judicial review proceedings and handled statutory and regulatory issues that impact local authorities and government agencies.
In addition to Peers’ partnership appointment, Buddle Findlay also welcomed Catherine Miller as its 16th special counsel.
Working from Auckland, Miller focuses on health and commercial law. She works with clients on matters related to legal compliance; medico-legal concerns such as consent to treatment, competency issues and mental health; inquiries and investigations; governance; and policy development.
She is knowledgeable when it comes to Official Information Act and Privacy Act requests, and has experience on issues involving Health Information Privacy Code compliance.
Miller has helped clients to draft, revise and negotiate agreements, as well as with procurement processes and tender documentation.