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Four Senior Promotions Announced

The Directors are delighted to announce that Jerome Burgess and Kylee Katipo have been promoted to the role of Senior Associate, while Zane Mora and Kuru Ketu have been promoted to Associate. 

Jerome joined the firm in 2011 and works across the Māori Legal and Workplace Law Teams. Jerome is dedicated to achieving the best results for clients and understands the challenges faced by people who require legal solutions. He is also committed to helping the local community through his church as well as their youth group, and is the Secretary of Waikato Samoa Rugby Inc. Jerome says, “I look forward to continuing to develop my legal practice areas, keeping up with constant changes in the law and to be able to pass on some of my experience and learnings to others in the team.”

Kylee joined the McCaw Lewis whānau in 2018, having previously worked in the Māori Land Court as research counsel for the Māori Land Court Judiciary. She is a member of the firm’s Māori Legal Team, where her mahi regularly takes her to appearances in the Māori Land Court. Kylee has a passion for working with Māori land owners and trusts to achieve their aspirations for their whenua. She strongly believes in the whakataukī: Mā te kahukura ka rere te manu, adorn the bird with feathers so it may fly. Her appointment to Senior Associate recognises the growing role she has as a leader in her team and the wider firm. Kylee said she’s looking forward to “raising the profile of Māori land mahi and continuing to contribute to the growth of McCaw Lewis and our values and vision.”

Zane joined the firm as a Law Clerk in 2016 and works in the Dispute Resolution Team. His particular areas of interest are estate and trust disputes, relationship property disputes and shareholder remedies, however he has experience in numerous areas of dispute resolution. Zane has appeared in the High Court in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton, and said he’s anticipating “having more responsibility and autonomy in dealing with disputes” in his role as an Associate.

Kuru started with McCaw Lewis in 2017, working across the Māori Legal and Dispute Resolution Teams. He works largely within the environmental space, assisting iwi, hapū and whānau groups with resource consents and Marine and Coastal Area claims and well as Māori land, Treaty Settlement and Waitangi Tribunal work. When asked what he most enjoys about his mahi at McCaw Lewis, Kuru said: “Working alongside Māori within a broad range of areas has and continues to both engage and challenge me. It’s very rewarding work and has contributed to both my development as a lawyer but also as a person.”

The Directors and wider McCaw Lewis team wish to congratulate Jerome, Kylee, Zane and Kuru on their appointments. 

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