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New Simpson Grierson Chairman

New Simpson Grierson Chairman Sees Parallels Between Rugby And Law

Leading law firm Simpson Grierson has appointed Rob Fisher as Chairman of the Board of Simpson Grierson.

Mr Fisher is well known for his involvement in rugby – and is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union, Vice Chairman of the International Rugby Board and a director of Rugby World Cup Limited.

His background in chairing the NZRFU has unique parallels to his new role as Chairman of Simpson Grierson. "Both the NZRFU and Simpson Grierson are currently in the process of appointing a new Chief Executive – identifying someone with the ability and strategic vision to drive these leading organisations to new heights,” says Mr Fisher. “There are other similarities, such as both organisations being fully committed to a modern style of business management, using advanced technology to meet the challenges of the electronic age, and investing in training and knowledge-building.”

Another issue facing both rugby and the legal profession as a whole is the need to retain high calibre people, says Mr Fisher. “Quality people are being attracted overseas, particularly to the United Kingdom,” he says. “Simpson Grierson already has strategies in place to retain or attract back to the firm high quality people – after all, it’s our people that make us such a strong organisation.”

Globalisation also influences the business strategies of both organisations. “Both the NZRFU and Simpson Grierson are well aware of the increasingly global market. We have strong international ties and continue to build on these links, as well as forge new relationships around the world.”

Mr Fisher has been a partner at Simpson Grierson for 25 years, practising principally in the areas of resource development, environmental law, water rights, mining and energy issues. He frequently appears before local authorities and the Environment Court.

Mr Fisher has been appointed to the Board for a term of three years.


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