City lawyer welcomes son into profession

    Lawyer Malcolm McKenzie swears in his son William McKenzie as a barrister and solicitor at the High Court in Invercargill on Tuesday.
    Lawyers Charlotte Whitaker (left), William McKenzie and Alisha-May Perkins were admitted to the bar at a ceremony at the High Court in Invercargill on Tuesday.

    AN Invercargill lawyer says the emotion of seeing his son being welcomed into his profession is bigger than when he was admitted to the bar more than three decades ago.

    William McKenzie was admitted to the bar by his father, Malcolm, at the High Court in Invercargill on Tuesday.

    “It is a very happy moment. It has been a long time working for this and I’m really happy that my dad is the one welcoming me in [at the bar],” William said.

    Malcolm was pleased with his son’s achievements.

    “It has been 36 years since I was admitted – actually, I was admitted in Dunedin but still the same type of day with the family here.

    “I’m very proud of him.”

    William had been working at Malcolm’s law firm, Hewat Galt Lawyers, since 2013 when he joined the team as an after-school office junior.

    Since then, he had worked with the firm throughout the holidays while studying towards his bachelor degree at Otago University.

    “He has been a great help wait to get him cranking up at work, meeting clients..

    “It is great to have William there – he is just a bit smarter than me,” Malcolm said with a laugh.

    Lawyers Charlotte Whitaker and Alisha-May Perkins were also sworn in at the ceremony on Tuesday.