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James & Wells Partner Kate Wilson is moving on

James & Wells Partner Kate Wilson is moving on from specialist IP firm James & Wells to pursue another passion in 2016.

She has always been excited by new ventures, but usually they are her clients’. This time it’s her own; a joint venture with her husband Allan that will enable her to indulge her passion for food, wine and the arts.

This has had to take a back seat over the years, although Kate has still managed to publish a cook book, appear on Masterchef NZ and exhibit and sell her paintings in that time.

To ensure a smooth transition, Kate will remain with James & Wells until the end of March 2016, which gives plenty of time to ensure continuity for clients. She will also consult to the firm after that.

A recent empty nester, Kate believes the time is right for both herself and the firm to retire from the James & Wells partnership, and this reflects her confidence in the shape that the firm is in.

“There is no doubt that I will miss working with the friends I have made over the years – both staff and clients. I could only do so by being comfortable that James & Wells is in excellent heart, and its people have the depth of experience and talent to ensure the firm continues to thrive,” she says.

Kate was just 22 when she joined James & Wells, with physics and chemistry degrees behind her. A registered patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand, she has collected many international accolades over her 28 years with the firm.

She is proud to have been recognised as a top IP strategist by being listed in the IAM Strategy 300 for five consecutive years, and to have helped build James & Wells up over the last 28 years into one of New Zealand’s leading IP firms.


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