Firm chair says the promotions “reward our people who have invested in the future of our firm”
Simpson Grierson has elevated two women to the partnership.
Nina Blomfield and Tara Wylie step into their new roles on 1 July. The promotions recognise the women’s strong reputations and remarkable client service, firm chair Anne Callinan said.
“Both Nina and Tara are leaders within their fields and our firm. They are great examples for our junior team members and strong advocates for living our values,” Callinan said.
Blomfield is part of Simpson Grierson’s commercial litigation team. She specialises in complex litigation and commercial dispute resolution.
She concentrates on company and financial markets law, shareholder disputes, regulatory matters, contractual breaches, class actions and litigation funding. She also handles business acquisitions-related competition law concerns and helps secure transaction clearance from the Commerce Commission.
Blomfield has appeared before all levels of court in New Zealand and been involved in arbitrations and mediations. The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific ranked her as a Rising Star in the profession.
Wylie works with Simpson Grierson’s commercial property practice. She focuses on sales and acquisitions, agribusiness (mainly forestry and viticulture), energy, property development and commercial leasing (including complex design and build negotiations).
She is knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial property law, and is known for her expertise in overseas investment matters. She played an active role with regard to making changes to the Overseas Investment Act.
Wylie has conducted due diligence for buyers and sellers alike in one-off and large-scale transactions involving portfolios. Last year, she led a team that guided tech giant Microsoft on its New Zealand investment.
“It’s very pleasing to have promoted six new partners from within over the last three years, and reward our people who have invested in the future of our firm and are passionate about seeing our clients, our community partners and our people succeed,” Callinan said.
Both Blomfield and Wylie operate from Simpson Grierson’s Auckland office.