Past Chair - Law Alliance New Zealand Limited Partner in Ward Adams Bryan-Lamb, Invercargill
Debbie began her involvement with LANZ in 2008 and was elected to the Board in October 2010. Debbie assisted as Treasurer and became the first female Chair of LANZ in 2017. Having completed her term on the Board in 2019, Debbie continues to assist the Board in an administrative capacity.
Debbie is Chair of Lighthouse Inc. (previously known as Stopping Violence Southland), Chair of the Southland Community Law Centre and also assists on the Governance Board of the Disabilities Resource Centre Southland.
Debbie is an experienced litigator and specialises in family law with a particular interest in division of relationship property matters. Debbie also assists clients in general practice areas including conveyancing, employment, immigration, wills/trusts, elderly/retirement village and small business advice. Debbie is an approved AMINZ (Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of NZ Incorporation) FDR Mediator and Provider, an Associate FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) member and an accredited member of the New Zealand Law Society's Panel of Mediators as a Family Specialist. Debbie has a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Advocacy and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution).
Managing Director of Dennis King Law, New Plymouth
Claudia was elected to the Executive of LANZ in October 2012.
Claudia is the Managing Director of New Plymouth Law Firm, Dennis King Law.
With degrees in law and social science Claudia has experience in a broad range of commercial law matters and her expertise includes Commercial & Corporate, Tax Law, Trusts & Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, Employment Law, and Retirement Villages Law.
The LANZ initiatives that Claudia is particularly interested in are the Induction Course for Junior Lawyers (known to some as the LANZ Boot-Camp) aimed at helping young Lawyers kick start their careers, and the sharing of knowledge between member Firms through the LANZ website. Claudia aims to bring colour and flair to all that she does and believes a youthful perspective is beneficial for the effective governance of LANZ.
Claudia is married to Brent Youngson and they enjoy being surrounded by their animals on their lifestyle block.
Peter was elected to the Executive of LANZ in October 2010 and acted as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer through to 2019.
He brought to the Board a down to earth approach with a 'no-nonsense' desire to find solutions and direction for LANZ that enhanced the businesses and social aspirations of its Firms.
Peter specialises mainly in property and commercial law including acquisitions, financing, property development, unit titles, asset protection, and also leads the Maori Legal Issues Team at Jefferies Law. Peter brings a commercial focus that assists Maori entities in areas of governance, administration and developing sustainable commercial opportunities.
Outside of the office, Peter is the current Chair of the Waikato Community Response Forum (CRM) and leads the National CRM Chairs Group that works closely with the Minister of Social Development in supporting communities regarding implementation of the Community Investment Strategy. Peter also enjoys spending time with his wife Poni, 6 children and 7 grandchildren.
David was part of the original LANZ leadership team and worked closely with Allan Gallagher, LANZ's founder, in the formulation and implementation of all things LANZ as from December 2008.
He went on to be the first LANZ member to be appointed by Gallagher to the LANZ Board on incorporation and did not retire from the Board, and even then only by way of rotation, until October 2014 by which time he had also been LANZ's second Chairman for a term of two years.
During his tenure, David was heavily involved in the setting up of many key LANZ initiatives, including the very important banking package that we all continue to enjoy today.
David heads the commercial/property team at Weston Ward & Lascelles (an old Canterbury firm established in Christchurch in 1993).
Weston Ward & Lascelles was a founding LANZ member firm and continues to support all of LANZ's initatives.
Clayton was a member of the LANZ Executive from October 2015 to 2018.
Clayton has lived and practiced law in the Taupo District since 1985. A graduate of Victoria University, he currently practices in the Commercial/Property/Trust Law areas having some years previously been a Litigator.
Clayton has wide experience in governance matters, was Mayor of the Taupo District from 2001-2007 and is currently Chair of the Lake Taupo Protection Trust and Trustee/Patron of a number of other organisations.
Married to Sue, they have two sons and still love the lifestyle and opportunities the Central Plateau has to offer.