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Three partners, one senior for MERW

Three partners, one senior for MERW

TRANS-TASMAN LAW firm, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, has announced the appointment of three new partners, John Peterson, Paul Radich and Carolyn van Leuven, and a new senior associate, Jessica…

TRANS-TASMAN LAW firm, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, has announced the appointment of three new partners, John Peterson, Paul Radich and Carolyn van Leuven, and a new senior associate, Jessica Gorman. The promotions bring the total partnership number to 37.

Peterson is an experienced tax advisor, including areas such as GST, financing, property, trust, commercial, M&A, tax audit work, dispute management and settlement and litigation. He also specialises in international tax, structured finance and cross-border M&A. Peterson has previously worked in London and New York, and will be based in the firm’s Wellington office.

Previously a partner at Izard Weston, Radich is an experienced commercial litigator, and will join the firm’s Wellington dispute resolution team. Radich resolves disputes and provides strategic advice for clients in the public and private sectors, calling on 22 years’ experience as a trial and dispute resolution lawyer, including running cases before the Privy Council. He is an author of numerous legal textbooks and regularly presents seminars and courses on public law, civil litigation and court room advocacy. Radich is also a member of a number of New Zealand Law Society Committees and a past chairman of its Continuing Legal Education Committee.

Fellow partner van Leuven advises a wide range of clients and is an energy sector specialist, posted in the corporate and commercial team in Wellington. She has advised on the implementation and ongoing operation of the current regulatory regime for the electricity industry, and has acted for clients in relation to sales and acquisitions of businesses, electricity and gas supply, transmission and interconnection, and metering services. Also a commercial contracting expert, van Leuven regularly teaches contract law to non-lawyers as well as assisting clients with the drafting and negotiating of contracts.

Joining Radich as a member of the Wellington dispute resolution team, Gorman is an experienced commercial litigator, specialising in public law. She has appeared in a number of commercial and judicial review proceedings in New Zealand and in Tonga. Gorman has previously advised on the negotiation of Treaty of Waitangi settlements, attended hearings in the Waitangi Tribunal, as well as judicial review proceedings, public decision-making processes, commercial arbitrations in the electricity and gas sector and constitutional issues in the Kingdom of Tonga.

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