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New year sees new partners and senior associates

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For immediate release
Tuesday 22 January 2013

New year sees new partners and senior associates for Bell Gully

Bell Gully welcomes the New Year with the appointment of three new partners, with effect from 1 January 2013.

Tax partner Joanne Hodge returns to the firm after two years in Australia. Joanne is a tax law expert with trans-Tasman experience. She advises on all aspects of corporate tax for public and private companies and financial institutions, including transactional work. Joanne is a member of the New Zealand branch of the International Fiscal Association.

Bell Gully chairman Roger Partridge commented "We are very pleased to have Joanne back in the partnership with us. Her experience and knowledge will further strengthen our well-recognised tax team."

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The firm is also pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners – David Friar and Toby Sharpe.

David Friar is a commercial litigator who specialises in insolvency law, insurance litigation, banking and finance matters and commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Bell Gully, David spent six years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York. David holds an LLM from Columbia University in New York, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. David is a member of INSOL New Zealand and the New Zealand Insurance Law Association.

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Toby Sharpe returned to Bell Gully in 2009 after spending four years working in the corporate team of London law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Toby specialises in public and private mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings as well as securities offerings.

Roger Partridge said that "the firm is delighted to add two outstanding young talents to its ranks. These additions to the partnership are a continuation of Bell Gully's drive to ensure that our clients continue to have access to leaders with experience and skills that are second to none."

To find out more about Toby follow this link:

Bell Gully has also appointed two new senior associates.

Stacey Lulham has returned to the corporate team in the Wellington office where she started her legal career in 2005. After completing a BCL Master's degree at the University of Oxford in 2009, Stacey spent three years at London law firm Allen & Overy.

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Chris Goddard joins Bell Gully from London law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where he had been since 2001. Chris has extensive experience in securities offerings, acting for both issuers and underwriters, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Bell Gully is a full service law firm, with a team of over 200 lawyers and is consistently recognised as a leading New Zealand legal adviser in a number of independent international legal directories. They work closely with many of New Zealand’s leading companies and have expertise in a wide array of areas including market-leading corporate, commercial, financial services, tax, property and dispute resolution. For examples of Bell Gully’s recent work follow the hyperlink below:

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