Laura Scampion becomes DLA Piper Managing Partner for New Zealand


DLA Piper has announced that Laura Scampion has been appointed Country Managing Partner of DLA Piper of New Zealand, succeeding Martin Wiseman effective January 1, 2022.

The first partner to be appointed following the integration with DLA Piper, Laura will be the first woman to lead DLA Piper in New Zealand.

“I am really excited for the opportunity to lead the New Zealand team and build on Martin’s legacy of work in growing DLA Piper in New Zealand. We are a law firm like no other in this country. It is a great responsibility.

When asked what she plans for DLA Piper, Laura said, “We will continue to strengthen ties with DLA Piper teams across the world and harness industry trends and thought leadership in regions. from the United States, Asia-Pacific and the EMEA region. Having such a global reach is a competitive advantage in New Zealand. “

“We are continuing our journey of radical change with the introduction of our Law & Solutions. This is the DLA Piper platform for new, often digital, solutions beyond traditional legal services – such as litigation finance, integrated M&A advisory, digital asset tokenization, AI that detects anti-competitive business practices, sustainability and ESG advisory services, etc. All of these products and services are available in New Zealand with DLA Piper. Extending the services we offer beyond legal services and providing innovative solutions to our clients is a real priority for us.

“My vision is to continue to build on what we have by bringing all of these new ideas to life in New Zealand. I can’t wait to get started, ”she says.

Laura has over 20 years of local and international legal experience representing a range of large organizations and is a well-known legal commentator and presenter with expertise in employment and health and safety law.

She holds leadership and governance roles at local and global level for DLA Piper as a member of the New Zealand Board of Directors, Head of Employment Practice, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee on Diversity and L ‘New Zealand inclusion, Head of New Zealand Head Start Program and member of the Asia-Pacific Diversity and Inclusion Council and Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Group, and former administrator of the Global Fellowship Program studies. Laura is a member of Global Women, is ranked in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and listed in 2021 Changemaker and Top (100) Diverse Board-Ready Director.

Charles Severs, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa at DLA Piper, said: “We are delighted to welcome Laura as Managing Partner New Zealand. Laura has had a huge impact since joining DLA Piper. She will bring a new perspective to the leadership of the firm at a time of significant challenges and opportunities for businesses in New Zealand and around the world.

“We look forward to Laura leading our new legal and solutions and sustainability and ESG commitments as we continue to change the traditional model and culture of law firms. She is well respected internationally for her leadership efforts in diversity and inclusion and for the growing opportunities for diverse practitioners to join and advance their careers with DLA Piper, ”he said. he declares.

“I would also like to thank and thank Martin Wiseman for the tremendous contribution he has made to DLA Piper New Zealand helping it through significant growth and change, including integration with global society. “

Martin Wiseman, current national managing partner of DLA Piper, says this is an important step for the firm as it continues to strengthen its position as the world’s leading law firm in the New Zealand market.

“Laura has made a major contribution to DLA Piper since joining us in 2011. She became a partner in March 2015, which coincided with the New Zealand company’s integration with DLA Piper.

“His work in the areas of diversity and inclusion, employment law, the rapidly evolving field of health and safety and business ethics advisory boards has been extremely influential,” says- he.

Martin Wiseman will continue as a full-time corporate partner and in his other roles, including as President of the Starship Foundation. Laura will also continue to support her clients as the leader of the New Zealand Employment Practice Group.

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