John Brandts-Giesen joins Council

John Brandts-Giesen was appointed Lawyer Councillor at ADLS’s Council meeting on Monday 29 April.

John has been a partner of Brandts-Giesen McCormick in Christchurch since the firm was established in 2004, following 14 years as partner with the firm now known as Lane Neave.

He specialises in all areas of family-related law, and was the first notary public to be appointed in North Canterbury.

John was on the Council of the Canterbury District Law Society for 10 years and it’s President in 2005. He was also a member of the NZLS Council, and served for four years on its board.

John has a long history of philanthropic and community service, including drafting Constitutions and Rules for charitable trusts and societies.

He is a Life Member of New Zealand Disability Action Inc. (formerly the Crippled Children’s Society), and is Legal Advisor to Alzheimer’s New Zealand and a Trustee of the Alzheimer’s New Zealand Charitable Trust Inc.

John says he accepted nomination to the ADLS Council because he saw the value of ADLS’s continuing education and its ability to deliver representative functions with great passion. He would like to see ADLS’s influence spread even further throughout the country, and he is keen to promote this.

ADLS welcomes John to its Council for 2013, saying “We are delighted to welcome John to join us around the Council table.

His past high-level Law Society experience and Christchurch networks will be invaluable to ADLS’s plans to transition to a national body as endorsed by its members”.

The new Rules revised in 2012 allow for the appointment to Council of one appointed Lawyer Councillor and two non-lawyer Councillors (non-lawyers whose skills support effective governance of the organisation) who will be appointed shortly.

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