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1988 - 1990

Law Clerk/Staff Solicitor, Raymond, Donnelly & Co, Christchurch

Raymond, Donnelly & Co is the Crown Solicitor's Office for Christchurch.


I received my practising certificate in February 1989, and thereafter practised almost exclusively in the litigation side of the firm in the following areas:

  • Preparing and prosecuting District Court jury trials
  • Preparing and conducting civil litigation in the District and High Courts for Crown and private clients in areas including recovering bankruptsí/companies' estates, voidable preference actions, debt collection, breach of contract, defamation and wrongful arrest/ assault actions
  • Preparing and appearing for the Police and Crown Departments on High Court appeals
  • Acting for Crown Departments in summary prosecutions

I was classified as "junior counsel" under the Crown Solicitors Regulations.