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Hot List 2014: Who's on the big deals? Who's the talk of the town? NZ Lawyer presents an inside look at the hottest private practice lawyers in the NZ market.

Landmark Achievements:  
Lawyers who have recently enjoyed notable and defining moments in their careers.

In this section we pay tribute to the lawyers who have particular reasons to remember 2014 as a key point in their professional careers. The reasons may be obvious - for example, a significant anniversary - or more subtle, such as a coming of age in the eyes of the market; a sudden purple patch on the deals front; or overcoming a hurdle to success.

Jared Ormsby:
The Canterbury earthquakes have certainly left their scars on the community, with none more symbolic than the continuing dispute over the future of the historic Christchurch Cathedral. Jared Ormsby, who is an adviser to CERA, has played a pivotal role in this litigation, acting for the Anglican Church in the Court of Appeal and High Court in relation to the deconstruction of ChristChurch Cathedral, and successfully opposing leave before the Supreme Court. This case successfully determined that the Anglican Church was entitled to deconstruct the iconic ChristChurch Cathedral and build a new one in its stead.

It's a divisive issue, but without doubt one of the most significant matters of national importance to come before the courts in recent times. It continues a string of high-profile cases for Ormsby, who is also Wynn Williams executive chairman.

The Lawyer Brands: 
The pros so synonymous with big deals in their firms that they've become powerful personal brands in their own right.

It's a tough life running the marketing function of a top-flight corporate law firm. In theory at least the firm is a team; a collective in which the effort and kudos are shared in equal measure among the partners. The reality, however, can be somewhat different - every firm has a heavyweight dealmaker who is synonymous with that firm and seems to appear on all the significant deals. We asked the firms to nominate who they thought were the heavyweights at their competitors and there was a notable consistency in the names that were proffered.

Jeremy Johnson
Johnson received the Cleary Prize in 2009 for NZ's most promising young legal practitioner, and hasn't disappointed. Back then, he had just become the youngest counsel to appear before the Supreme Court in 2008, and since then he has grown to become an accomplished litigator specialising in commercial, equity and trust law.

Johnson continues to be regularly publised in leading journals and is a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee, which reviews proposed legislation for the Attorney-General and Parliament.

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