Our Contributors

Andrew Scott-Howman

Andrew Scott-Howman

Andrew is an employment lawyer and partner in the Wellington firm Luke, Cunningham & Clere.

Billie Little

Billie Little

Billie Little is the editor for Brookers Company and Securities Law, Company and Securities Law in New Zealand (Farrar and Watson), Brookers Insolvency Law & Practice, Brookers Land Law and James & Wells Intellectual Property Law in New Zealand. Billie has been an editor with Brookers since 2005. She obtained her BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and a Juris Doctor from the City University School of Law at Queen’s College, New York. Billie worked out of the Wellington office for three years before moving back to New Mexico in 2007. She works from Albuquerque as a full-time remote editor.

David Ryan

David Ryan

Commercial Manager – Legal Solutions at Thomson Reuters New Zealand

David Thompson

David Thompson

David Thompson summarises judgments for BriefCase and Local Government headnotes. He is an Auckland-based copyeditor, proofreader, reviewer and occasional speechmaker with a background in languages and law.

Wai Boh Ding

Wai Boh Ding

Wai Boh Ding is a Wellington based tax writer and editor for Thomson Reuters.

Elani Rawson

Elani Rawson

Managing Editor – Thomson Reuters Legal Analytical Team based in Auckland.

Janina Leuii

Janina Leuii

Janina Leuii is the Head of Legal Training ANZ. She has over 15 years of Training & Product Management experience with Thomson Reuters Online Services. Janina heads up our highly motivated and experienced Training Specialist Team in Australia and New Zealand.

Judge Isaac

Judge Isaac

Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu
Chief Judge Wilson Isaac was appointed to the Māori Land Court in 1994, becoming deputy chief judge of the court in 1999 and chief judge in August 2009. In September 2009 he was also appointed Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal. He is the resident judge at the Gisborne office and presides over the Tairāwhiti and Takitimu districts. Chief Judge Isaac presided in the Mohaka ki Ahuriri and Northern South Island inquiries and is currently presiding in the National Park inquiry.

Educated at St Pauls Collegiate, Hamilton, and Otago University, Chief Judge Isaac spent 17 years at Burnard Bull and Company, Gisborne, where he developed an extensive practice in Māori land law and family law.

Ken Palmer

Ken Palmer

Ken Palmer is an Associate Professor at the Auckland University School of Law. He has particular interest in local government, resource management, environmental, and heritage law as well as public works acquisitions.

Kevin Leary

Kevin Leary

Production Editor

Kevin has worked at Thomson Reuters for over 10 years as an Indexer, a Portfolio Editor (of looseleaf/online titles) and now a Production Editor (of bound books/e-books).  An abiding interest in legal aid stems from working in that sector previously.

Lyndsey Swan

Lyndsey Swan

Lyndsey Swan is the editor of Employment Today, our B2B magazine for HR practitioners, people managers and employment lawyers. She began her working life as a primary school teacher, but soon packed up her trusty red pen and headed off to the big wide world of publishing where she has worked on a variety of consumer and professional magazines.

Nathan Lynch

Nathan Lynch

Nathan is Thomson Reuters’ Head Regulatory Analyst for Australia & New Zealand.

Nicholas Gibb

Nicholas Gibb

Nicholas Gibb has been with Thomson Reuters a number of years in different roles. His current position is as a Commercial Manager with a range of responsibilities including new product development.

Patricia Veen

Patricia Veen

Patricia Veen is an online specialist and trainer providing support to key customers. She has been with Thomson Reuters for 20 years and in that time has held multiple customer-facing roles.

Peter Bateman

Peter Bateman

Peter Bateman is editor of Safeguard magazine and Safeguard Update newsletter. He has been instrumental in launching the annual NZ Workplace Health & Safety Awards (where he convenes the judging panel), the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference, and the lively Safeguard question and answer online forum. In his spare time he tweets.

Renay Taylor

Renay Taylor

Ngāpuhi
BA/LLB
Senior Product Developer, Thomson Reuters NZ

Rod Thomas

Rod Thomas

Rod is currently Senior Lecturer in Law at AUT. He has some 30 years experience concerning land title and development issues. He started his legal experience as a legal officer and assistant land registrar at the Land Titles Office, Auckland in the early 1980s. For some 12 years he was then a property lawyer with one of New Zealand’s biggest law firms, specialising in advising developer clients. For a further 12 years he was a barrister sole at the Auckland bar, litigating and advising on land issues, co-ownership issues, and general land law disputes.

Rt Hon Sir Peter Blanchard

Rt Hon Sir Peter Blanchard

Rt Hon Sir Peter Blanchard has been a judge of the Supreme Court, New Zealand’s final court of appeal, since 2004. He was a partner in Auckland law firm Simpson Grierson and director of several listed companies until his appointment to the High Court in 1992, and then to the Court of Appeal in 1996. He was a member of the Law Commission from 1990 to 1994, and was appointed a Privy Councillor in 1998.

Rutherford Ward

Rutherford Ward

Rud (Rutherford) Ward, MA, LL.B. (Wellington), LL.M. (London)
Criminal law portfolio editor for Brookers Ltd, Thomson Reuters

Steven Zindel

Steven Zindel

Steven is a Nelson based lawyer whose firm, Zindels, comprises “dedicated professionals who are passionate about creating equal access to justice for all”.

Susan Dugdale

Susan Dugdale

Susan Dugdale works alongside the marketing team and her principal area of focus is developing e-media. She has been with Thomson Reuters for more than several years now.

Susanna Parkin

Susanna Parkin

Susanna Parkin is an Alert24 Senior Editor. She specialises in Australian legal and business news, cases and legislation. Susanna has worked for Thomson Reuters for four years.

Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton is the ANZ Online Lead for Thomson Reuters. He has over 15 years experience in the Information Technology and Web world. His focus is on Web Usability and everything online.

Vesna Wells

Vesna Wells

Vesna is passionate about property
She graduated from Victoria University with an LLB in 1998 and worked as a junior solicitor. Next she traveled to London where she practiced in commercial and business law for 3 years. After returning to New Zealand in 2002, Vesna undertook study towards an MBA (completed in 2006) and continued to work in a legal and senior management role, joining Professionals in 2006.
She co-wrote Unit Titles Manual with John Ross.

Susan Dugdale works alongside the marketing team and her principal area of focus is developing e-media. She has been with Thomson Reuters for more than several years now.