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Editorial - Autumn 2017

Our Growing Team

L to R: Paul Maskell, Craig Inder, Anesha Dhanji, Varun Shandil, Julian Airey, Greg Stringer, Sarah Bush, Chris Lynch, Toni van Doorn

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two of our experienced lawyers as Associates of our firm. Effective immediately, Varun Shandil and Anesha Dhanji will be our new Associates.

Varun was born in Fiji. He studied law at the University of Waikato and was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2001. Following his admission, Varun moved back home to Fiji and practised law for 13 years (the last two years as partner) at one of Fiji’s largest commercial law firms. In Fiji, Varun practised in all areas of commercial law but primarily he advised all major commercial banks, large tourism resort developers, major hotel operators as well as other large multinationals which operated in Fiji’s energy, mining and food industry.

Looking for new challenges and better opportunities for his young family, Varun moved to New Zealand in 2014 and practised at another commercial law firm in Auckland for over a year before joining us in February 2016 at our Papakura office. Varun practises in most areas of commercial law with a particular emphasis on business law, commercial property matters as well as general commercial advice.

Anesha was born in Wellington. She studied at Victoria University graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce & Administration. Following being admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in July 2008, Anesha worked in a corporate law environment with a major law firm in Wellington. She moved to Auckland and became immersed in the intricacies of family law as a Family Law Barrister.

Anesha joined our Manukau office in 2014 to further enhance her family law skills and develop her skills with commercial litigation. She has significant expertise in relationship property, with incorporated societies and elder law matters. Anesha regularly appears at the District and Family Courts and also appears in the superior courts including the Supreme Court.

There is no doubt that these appointments significantly enhance the breadth of our leadership team.