Wynn Williams Announced as a Finalist in 2017 New Zealand Law Awards
Wynn Williams and individuals at the firm are proud to have been selected as finalists in a number of categories for the
2017 New Zealand Law Awards. The Awards bring together industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the legal profession
and recognise the outstanding achievements of New Zealand's top legal professionals. The firm is excited to announce its
•Crowe Horwath Mid-size Law Firm of the Year – this award recognises the firm for its expertise across a range of practice areas over the last financial year.
•Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (51-100 Lawyers) – the firm has demonstrated a wide range of initiatives to benefit employees, such as the establishment of a Staff
Board with a budget for implementing staff-driven initiatives through to a Pro Bono Policy and the establishment of an
internal diversity taskforce.
•Crowe Horwath Managing Partner of the Year – Jared Ormsby, National Managing Partner has been selected as a finalist, recognising his ongoing commitment and
contributions to the firm, maintaining Wynn Williams’ success in the New Zealand market.
•Artemis Executive Recruitment Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (35 or under) – Wynn Williams congratulates Partners Jeremy Johnson and Lucy de Latour, both being selected as finalists. Jeremy
Johnson recently became the youngest ever Fellow of AMINZ and leads large litigation matters, appearing regularly in
courts as senior counsel. He is the Practice Group Leader for Wynn Williams' Dispute Resolution Team which has over 30
members. Lucy de Latour became a partner in the Resource Management and Environmental Law Team earlier this year. Lucy
specialises in resource management as well as local government law, having a unique perspective in this area following
secondment of over a year with a major local government client.
•Mid-Market deal of the Year – Wynn Williams advised HW Richardson on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Dynes Transport, and the sale of its
Southern Logging and Farmers Transport businesses into the merged group. This constitutes a major merger of two leading
New Zealand logistics businesses. It confirms the firm's leading position as a transaction adviser, and the achievement
is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Wynn Williams' Auckland based Corporate Advisory Team. The deal
was led by Partner Ash Hill with Senior Associate Nick Kovacevich playing a significant role. Wynn Williams was named
alongside another law firm.
•Deal Team of the Year (< 100 Lawyers) – the firm was judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of its deal involvement in the last
Wynn Williams Chief Operating Officer Matthew Jones said "We are proud to have been recognised by the New Zealand Law
Awards as finalists in these categories. It reflects our innovation as a firm, the value that we bring to our clients,
and the quality, complexity and sophistication of our work. We would like to thank our clients for their ongoing
support, and we would like to acknowledge the skill and dedication of our partners and staff".
Following the next stage of the judging process, this year's winners will be announced at the 13th annual New Zealand
Law Awards on Thursday 23 November 2017 at The Langham, Auckland.