100 years

Over the past 100 years McVeagh Fleming has continued to serve its clients no matter what. Through good times and bad the firm has done its utmost to provide sound legal advice and practical solutions for a diverse range of clients, from multinationals to owner-operated businesses and individuals.

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OUR TIMELINE

1914

WW1 breaks
out in Europe.

1917

Ernest
Rutherford
splits
the atom.

1936

Jean Batten's
record flight
from the UK.

1953

Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1964

Peter Snell
wins double
gold medals
at the Tokyo
Olympics.

1968

The sinking of the
inter-island ferry
Wahine

1969

The first man
sets foot
on the moon.

1975

The
establishment
of the Waitangi
Tribunal.

1979

The Erebus
disaster.

1981

The
Springbok
rugby tour.

1985

The sinking of
the Rainbow
Warrior
.

1995

Team New
Zealand
wins its first
America's
Cup.

1999

Peter Jackson's
Lord of the
Rings
trilogy
begins filming.

2008

The Global
Financial
Crisis.

2011

The
Canterbury
earthquake.

2015

The All Blacks win
their third Rugby
World Cup.

1889

  • James McVeagh is admitted to the Bar at 19 years of age. By 1895 he practises in mining law in Paeroa. In 1903 James McVeagh forms a law partnership in Taranaki with William Malone and William Anderson and in 1915 he moves to Auckland to practise.

1911

  • T J Fleming is admitted to the Bar after some experience of commercial life.

1912

  • T J Fleming practises in Whakatane on his own account.

1914

1914

WW1 breaks
out in Europe.

1917

1917

Ernest
Rutherford
splits
the atom.

1918

1936

1936

Jean Batten's
record flight
from the UK.

1943

  • Hugh Fleming with pilot's wings before operations.

1944

  • Hugh Fleming 1944 after finishing tour of operations as bomber pilot, golfing at St Andrews.

1946

  • Hugh Fleming joins firm (McVeagh Fleming & Fleming) following 4 years service in the RNZAF attached to the Bomber Command of the RAF.
  • (July) James McVeagh dies while still a practising member of the firm.

1947

1949

  • T J Fleming at Supreme Court (now the High Court).
  • T J Fleming resigns his appointment and retires.
  • Manurewa office is established.

1951

  • Maurice Hunt
    joins firm.

1953

Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest.

  • Birkenhead office established.

1960

  • D A Wishart joins Manurewa branch partnership of McVeagh Fleming Uren & Hunt.

1961

  • M F Kelly joins Auckland branch partnership of McVeagh Fleming Uren & Hunt.

1963

  • Martyn Uren photographs the first houses in the new subdivision in Glenfield Auckland.
  • D J Cotton and P J Edwards join firm and the Auckland office grows in size.

1964

Peter Snell
wins double
gold medals
at the Tokyo
Olympics.

  • J L Clark becomes a partner.

1967

  • Practices of McVeagh Fleming Uren & Hunt and C G Holdaway are merged (McVeagh Fleming Uren & Partners).

1968

1968

The sinking of the
inter-island ferry
Wahine.

1969

1969

The first man
sets foot
on the moon.

  • U D M Sparks
    becomes Birkenhead
    branch partner.

1970

  • J Woolley in Auckland and J A Gray in Manurewa become partners.

1971

  • T H I Fleming becomes a consultant partner.

1972

  • U D M Sparks and J A Gray resign to practise in Whakatane and Papakura respectively.
  • M W Hunt resigns after period of ill health (recovered and practised on his own account). T C H Fleming (the grandson of T J Fleming) joins practice and takes over the Manurewa branch.

1973

  • Martyn Uren & Hugh Fleming, with cigars (& whiskey in teacups).
  • Birkenhead office is closed.

1974

  • M Uren becomes a consultant partner.
  • M Uren's nephew D Wilson works at the firm, and after leaving he eventually joins the independent bar, and later is appointed a District Court Judge (& Queens Counsel).

1975

1975

The
establishment
of the Waitangi
Tribunal.

1979

The Erebus
disaster.

1981

The
Springbok
rugby tour.

1984

  • C G Holdaway becomes a consultant partner.

1985

1985

The sinking of
the Rainbow
Warrior
.

  • Practices of McVeagh Fleming Goldwater & Partners and Hooker Gill & Ivory are merged.

1986

  • J Varney takes client instructions in his office.
  • Firm's name is changed to McVeagh Fleming
  • J T Varney joins the partnership.

1987

  • P K Foster and R V McGregor join the partnership. Robyn is the first female partner.

1988

  • Takapuna office is closed.

1989

1991

1994

  • R V McGregor resigns.
  • McVeagh Fleming commences acting for a multitude of plaintiffs in New Zealand in what is known as the 'Bloodstock' litigation.

1995

Team New
Zealand
wins its first
America's
Cup.

1997

  • P J Edwards, J L Clark and C A Dickie resign.

1998

  • P K Foster, T C H Fleming and S Palmer resign from partnership.
  • Manurewa office becomes a new firm called Fleming Foster Palmer.

1999

Peter Jackson's
Lord of the
Rings
trilogy
begins filming.

2000

2001

  • B P C Carter resigns from the partnership.
  • R G Bailey retires.

2002

  • Tom Fleming & daughter Rosie (at her admission).

2003

2004

2005

  • C R Andrews joins the partnership.
  • McVeagh Fleming merges with Ross Devitt & Associates
  • Ross Devitt becomes a consultant.
  • H B Tudehope retires.

2006

2007

2008

The Global
Financial
Crisis.

2009

  • D J Cotton becomes a Consultant.
  • McVeagh Fleming merges with Greig Bourke.
  • W H Kettelwell and G W Massey become consultants.

2010

2011

The
Canterbury
earthquake.

2012

  • D J Cotton retires.
  • W H Kettelwell retires.
  • Jamieson Castles merges with McVeagh Fleming.

2013

  • J P Martin becomes a consultant .
  • G W Massey retires.

2014

2015

The All Blacks win
their third Rugby
World Cup.

2016

2017

  • P E Callaghan retires.
  • T J Waterhouse becomes a partner.