Anderson Lloyd Partners named on New Zealand’s Hot List

04 Apr 2014 |

Anderson Lloyd boasts two of the hottest private practice lawyers in the New Zealand market, according to a new report released this week.

The NZ Lawyer Magazine has published the results of its Hot List 2014, which takes the pulse of the industry and identifies the country’s top 38 trailblazing lawyers. It is the first time NZ Lawyer Magazine has released such a report.

The publication asked New Zealand law firms to make submissions and be involved in off-record interviews, in which respondents were asked to nominate lawyers they respected not only within their own firms but also at rival organisations.

Anderson Lloyd Partners Jen Crawford and Sarah Simmers were two of the 38 lawyers, representing a quarter of the women on the list.
Christchurch Partner Jen Crawford was named as one of the eight ‘Pillars of the Community’ in recognition of her contribution to the $290 million restoration of the Arts Centre – believed to be the largest heritage project currently being undertaken in the world.

Jen is Chair of the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust and gives her time to the project on a pro-bono basis. Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner testifies to Jen’s contribution in the report: “Jen is absolutely committed to the Christchurch Arts Centre, and she lives and breathes its restoration.

“I am impressed by her enthusiasm and the enormous amount of time and energy she has put into ensuring the Arts Centre will be fully restored with a sustainable operating model for the future.”

Partner in Anderson Lloyd’s Dunedin office, Sarah Simmers was named in the ‘Landmark Achievements’ category for being “another dealmaker whose career has gone from strength to strength on the back of some highly noteworthy deals”.

Sarah was the only Dunedin lawyer on the Hot List.

In 2013 Sarah acted for Combined Rural Traders Society on its merger with Farmlands Trading Society. It was one of the largest transactions in New Zealand that year, involving entities with combined historic revenues of $2 billion per annum and creating a nationwide co-op with 54,000 members.

The Hot List represents the ‘who’s who’ of New Zealand lawyers, says Sarah.

“It is quite an achievement to be on the list, because if you look at the people who are named they are all on the other side of some really big deals.
“It also proves that you don’t have to be located in Auckland or Wellington to work on large nationally-significant transactions and advance your legal career.”

View the NZ Hot List

For more information, please contact: Jen Crawford or Sarah Simmers