Wotton + Kearney has announced that it has integrated operations with its Legalign Global alliance firm in New Zealand, DAC Beachcroft.
The firm said six new partners and 11 other insurance lawyers in offices in Auckland and Wellington would join W+K as a result.
DAC Beachcroft partner Antony Holden will continue to head up the New Zealand practice as managing partner, with a team of 17 insurance lawyers. The firm is listed as a Tier One firm in The Legal 500 in New Zealand for insurance Law.
“As a law firm with a singular focus on the insurance industry, we are delighted to be broadening our services into New Zealand to assist our clients and their customers doing business in the region by joining forces with a high-quality group of insurance lawyers led by Antony Holden,” said W+K’s chief executive partner, David Kearney. “This integration has resulted from open dialogue with the broader DAC Beachcroft team around what is in the best interests of clients in our region and is reflective of a strong, trusting relationship between two founding member firms of Legalign Global.”
Holden said: “Given our existing relationship with W+K and their knowledge of the New Zealand insurance market, we see this as an exceptional opportunity to reinforce our local market presence and build on the Legalign Global brand across Australasia. We also look forward to a continued and strong relationship with our DAC Beachcroft colleagues through our global alliance.”
The firms are part of the Legalign Global four-way alliance set up earlier this year, consisting of DAC Beachcroft, BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr (Germany), Wotton + Kearney (Australia), and Wilson Elser (US) to service the needs of the growing multinational insurance market.