NEW ZEALAND law firm Bell Gully has appointed Stephen Macliver as the firm’s new chief executive, after an international search.
Macliver is Chairman of the International Bar Association’s Law Firm Management Committee has 20 years’ management experience in the UK, European, Asian and Australian legal markets. David Simcock, Bell Gully chairman, said it would be valuable for the firm to understand and adopt international best practice. He said Macliver would bring a “wealth of legal industry knowledge, experience and technical expertise” to the firm.
Macliver started his career as a solicitor in Australia and was the co-founder of London-based legal consultancy, the David Andrews partnership. He was managing partner of Minter Ellison’s Perth office and executive managing partner in the firm’s Melbourne office. In 2003 he established a Melbourne-based consultancy to the legal profession.
Macliver said he was excited about the opportunity to play a role in the further development of Bell Gully’s market leading position.