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Anderson Lloyd: Everything you need to know
Types of services: Legal
Offices: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown
Anderson Lloyd is a commercial law firm founded in Dunedin in 1862 by Bryan Cecil Haggitt, which currently has four offices across New Zealand with over 150 staff.
It opened its second office in Queenstown in 1978, which has since expanded to almost 20 staff to accommodate the needs of the major commercial and tourist centre. Anderson Lloyd briefly had an office in Wanaka, though this closed down in 1990.
The firm opened its Christchurch office in 1998, which currently houses almost 30 staff including five partners. Its newest office opened in Auckland in 2014, which significantly bolstered the firm’s high-end commercial capacity. The Auckland office currently has 23 staff including partners, associates and solicitors.
Anderson Lloyd celebrated its 150th birthday in 2012, where it recognised its growth into a major local law firm with strong practices in corporate and commercial law, resource management, litigation, urban development and rural business.
Anderson Lloyd has an extensive insurance practice, and has acted for insurers in cases involving a range of issues including business interruption, marine risk, material damage and public and statutory liability. Some of its most notable cases include Palmer v Danes Shotover Rafts, a personal injury dispute which established liability for general damages, and Western Pacific Insurance Limited v Policyholders of Canterbury, which dealt with some complicated issues involving insurance charges arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.
Anderson Lloyd in the news
1862: Anderson Lloyd is founded by Bryan Cecil Haggitt in Victorian Chambers on Manse Street in Dunedin
1920: The firm is joined by Dunedin Central MP Charles Statham, who later receives a knighthood for his service as the first New Zealand-born Speaker of the House
1978: The firm opens its Queenstown office
1998: The Christchurch office is established by Wayne Peter Richards, who is joined in 2000 by Mark Raymond George Christensen
2011: Canterbury is hit by with a series of earthquakes, leaving Anderson Lloyd staff trapped in its Clarendon Tower high-rise office for 2.5 hours
2012: Anderson Lloyd becomes the largest law firm in the South Island and celebrates its 150th birthday with a staff ball
2014: Anderson Lloyd opens its Auckland office, significantly expanding its commercial property team
2018: Anderson Lloyd wins the mid-size law firm award at the New Zealand Law Awards for the fifth consecutive year
Key people (as of 2019)
Richard Greenaway – CEO
Based in Dunedin, Greenaway joined Anderson Lloyd as its chief executive in 2012. He has a strong financial services background, having held senior positions within retail and business banking, property finance and human resources before going into law.
Alana Murray – General Manager Finance & Client Services
Murray joined Anderson Lloyd from Deloitte, having begun her career at a small Dunedin accounting firm. She went on to hold a range of senior advisory roles, and she is currently responsible for the Anderson Lloyd trust accounting, business support, financial planning, controllership and finance teams.
Tracey O’Conner – Operations Manager
O’Conner has worked for a range of professional services businesses in the share broking, investment advisory, insurance, brokering and legal spheres across New Zealand and Australia. She currently runs the operational side of Anderson Lloyd.
Anderson Lloyd has a thriving pro bono practice, and has supported various community and non-profit groups with free legal assistance. These include Youthline, the Otago Youth Wellness Project, East Lake Trust and Habitat for Humanity.
It also donates to food banks instead of buying Christmas gifts and cards, and supports a number of causes throughout the year such as the Relay for Life, Save the Children NZ and the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2018, Anderson Lloyd introduced one day of ‘community leave’ for staff, which they can use for a cause they feel passionate about.