Our former partner and consultant, Geoff Baxter, is retiring from McVeagh Fleming on 31 March 2023 after an impressive 46-year career with the firm. Looking back on Geoff's career, he started at McVeagh Fleming fresh as a law graduate in 1977 and became a partner in a very short period of time. In 2014, he transitioned into a consultant role, where he has continued to provide invaluable legal counsel to a wide range of clients in the areas of trust law, corporate and commercial law, and more.
Over the years, Geoff has been an essential advisor to countless directors, shareholders, and businesses, helping them navigate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contract preparations, franchising and general business advice. He has assisted in negotiations on many significant transactions involving major clients which has brought much success to the firm.
Geoff is a bit of a sports fanatic and has represented multiple athletes and sportspeople throughout his career. He's even run the New York Marathon and participated in the Coast to Coast! When he's not being a legal rockstar or athlete, you can find him honing his golf or tennis game which he loves doing the most.
As he moves into a new chapter in his life and decides the next great things he will do, we bid farewell to Geoff's loyal service and commitment to the field of law and to McVeagh Fleming and wish him and his family all the best in retirement.
If you have any questions about an ongoing matter, feel free to reach out to:
• Ross Bedford, a senior partner in our Auckland city office located at 188 Quay Street. He has experience in time-sensitive commercial and residential subdivisions and transactions, corporate structures and financing, trusts and succession planning. He has been with McVeagh Fleming since 1995 and was promoted to partner in 2000.
• Brandon Cullen, a senior partner at our North Harbour office located at 5-7 Corinthian Drive, Albany. He is a versatile and experienced lawyer who is passionate about property law (both residential and commercial), trusts and succession planning. He has been with McVeagh Fleming since 2002 and was promoted to partner in 2010.
• Fiona Faithfull, a senior associate with twelve years' experience in corporate and commercial property law in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Her expertise lies in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts (including corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions and supply contracts) and all matters relating to commercial property from buying and selling property to construction contracts and complex subdivisions.