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Haigh Lyon Celebrates 90 Years

Written By: Rob Wills

September marked the firm’s 90th anniversary and a function was held at the Northern Club to celebrate this monumental milestone.

Staff and friends of the firm were joined by distinguished members of the Judiciary and the Bar. Former partner and retired Chief Judge of the Employment Court Graeme Colgan gave an engaging overview of the history of the firm, touching on notable alumni including former Prime Minister David Lange, retired Judge Coral Shaw, Judge Richard Earwaker, the late John Haigh QC, employment lawyer Phillipa Muir and current president of the New Zealand Law Society, Kathryn Beck.

Current partner Gerard Molloy concluded with a humorous and insightful look to the future of law, including the role of the lawyer in the midst of artificial intelligence and the internet.

When Frank Haigh established the firm in 1928 he would never have imagined the size and shape of the firm 90 years on. In 1978 David Lyon partnered with Frank’s son John Haigh and thus, the firm as we know it today, Haigh Lyon, was born. From Frank’s one man band, Haigh Lyon now has five partners and over 40 staff.