Promotions of Senior Staff at Brookfields Lawyers

Brookfields Lawyers has announced internal promotions in its Resource Management/Local Government and Litigation teams.

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Deborah Riley was promoted to Special Counsel with effect from 1 July 2020. Deborah returned to the RM/Local Government team as a Senior Associate in 2019 after taking time out to travel and write a book. Deborah initially joined Brookfields in 2012 after returning from the UK where she gained useful international experience working in local and regional authorities' in-house legal teams in London and Essex. She also spent 3 years in the former Auckland City Council Planning and Regulatory Services Team where her work included advancing building compliance cases and a range of other matters involving the planning policy team. During her previous time at Brookfields Deborah assisted numerous local authorities and took a lead role in appeals on the Thames-Coromandel District Council’s district plan review.

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Rowan Ashton was promoted to Senior Associate in January 2020. Rowan joined the RM/Local Government team in March 2019 as a Senior Solicitor. Rowan specialises in environmental and public law. After graduating from Auckland University, he gained valuable litigation experience at a barristers’ chambers, also specialising in environmental and public law. Rowan has provided advice and representation to a range of private and public clients concerning natural resources, urban development, land development, plan policy, development contributions, events consents, biosecurity, fisheries, statutory powers, due diligence, and local government law. Rowan has appeared at council hearings and in cases before the Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in relation to resource consents, plan reviews, plan changes, enforcement and judicial review. 

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These promotions highlight Brookfields’ practice of recognising outstanding work for and contributions to its clients. It is particularly good to see young people of such high calibre moving up in the firm.

Senior Staff:

Glyn Hughes joined the Litigation & Employment team in 2019. Glyn specialises in litigation and works primarily to resolve commercial and professional liability disputes.  He has appeared regularly in the District and High Courts as sole counsel.  He has appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. He has a broad range of experience.  He started his career as a Crown Prosecutor and Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act specialist, and then gained further experience at a specialist insurance litigation firm in Auckland. At Brookfields, Glyn has further expanded his practice.  He advises insurers, companies and local government in respect of civil, criminal and regulatory litigation.  His work includes assisting in the resolution of disputes arising from environmental and climate change issues.

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Brookfields Lawyers is a leading Auckland based law firm providing legal advice in all principal areas of the law for public, corporate and private clients throughout New Zealand and beyond.


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