was founded in 1840 and is one of the country’s oldest legal providers.
As one of the largest law firm
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s in New Zealand, Bell Gully can act on the most complex and largest commercial matters.
Bell Gully is a full service law firm. Major practice areas include corporate, financial services, property, tax and litigation. With offices in Auckland and Wellington, the firm has about 400 staff.
For seven of the last eight years, Bell Gully has been named International Financial Law Review New Zealand Law Firm of the Year.
Bell Gully is the result of a merger between Bell Gully & Co of Wellington, founded in 1860, and Buddle Weir & Co of Auckland, founded in 1840.
Over the years, the firm has produced many leading lawyers, including a solicitor-general
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, three attorneys-general (including the current Attorney General Chris Finlayson
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), three chief justices, numerous High Court and Court of Appeal judges, two prime ministers and a governor-general.