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Appointment of Denis Clifford as Judge

12 April 2006

Appointment of Denis Clifford as Judge of the High Court

Denis Kieran Clifford has been appointed a judge of the High Court, Attorney-General Michael Cullen announced today.

Justice Clifford graduated LLM (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington in 1978. He joined the Wellington law firm Buddle Anderson Kent & Co before leaving in 1980 to take up a position as Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois Law School.

Justice Clifford returned to New Zealand in 1982 to work for Buddle Findlay before another period overseas with London firm Slaughter and May. He returned to New Zealand to become a partner at Buddle Findlay.

Justice Clifford held the position of Legal Advisor, Policy and Legal in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet until joining the independent bar in 2002.

Justice Clifford has practiced extensively in commercial and public law and will sit in Wellington.


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