New Zealand Law Society Auckland branch announces winners of inaugural lawyer awards

The New Zealand Law Society’s Auckland branch last night announced the winners of the 2012 Law Society Auckland Branch Lawyer Awards.

The Awards programme recognises five Auckland lawyers who look after the needs of minority groups, show excellence in their first five years of practice, demonstrate innovative ideas and methods in the practice of law and have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

Arunjeev Singh, barrister, won the New Zealand Law Society Auckland Branch Bell Gully Outstanding Service to the Community Award.

Rebecca Savage,solicitor, won the New Zealand Law Society Kensington Swan Young/New Lawyer of the Year Award.

Michael Battersby, Principal, won the New Zealand Law Society Meredith Connell Most Innovative Lawyer Award.

Antony Mahon, barrister, won the New Zealand Law Society Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award.

Ian Haynes, consultant, won the Russell McVeagh Lifetime Achievement Award.

Candidates for the Awards were judged by a panel consisting of members of the Law Society’s Auckland Branch Council, and each award winner will receive $2,000.

Law Society Vice-President and Auckland Branch President Chris Moore said that the Auckland Branch Lawyer Awards were launched to acknowledge those Auckland lawyers that go the extra distance.

“We often hear of our colleagues’ achievements in a social or work setting, or too frequently at the end of their careers. The purpose of the Awards is to recognise and appreciate the tremendous contribution that lawyers make to the community in the service of their profession,” he said.

The award winners were announced by Mr Moore last night at a function held at the Northern Club in Auckland.