Four new lawyers admitted to bar

Four lawyers who were admitted to the bar in the Invercargill High Court on Tuesday are (from left) Mitch Smith (Buddle Findlay, Auckland), Richard Gayford (Oranganui Legal, Kapiti), Stephen Jones (PR Law, Invercargill) and Baylee Egerton (Sheddan Pritchard, Gore).

FOUR new lawyers were reminded in the Invercargill High Court on Tuesday their obligation was to do their best for their clients.

The lawyers, Mitch Smith, Richard Gayford, Stephen Jones and Baylee Egerton, were admitted to the bar by Justice Gerald Nation.

After being admitted, each was given an opportunity to address the court for the first time.

All took the opportunity to thank their family and friends.

Ms Egerton said she had chosen a career in law because she wanted to support people in her community.

‘‘I hope to embark a career in family law.

‘‘I want to help children, your honour, in any way I can.’’

Mr Gayford said he was the last person in his social circles who he believed would have studied law but said study had been very rewarding.

Justice Nation asked Mr Gayford if he was the first in the family to appear in court.

Short of his parents receiving a couple of speeding tickets, he believed he was.

For Stephen Jones, the end of study had put a close to the first chapter in his law journey, he said.

‘‘Getting here today has not been easy.’’

He was now about to start a new chapter in the opportunity he had been given working at PR Law, he said.

For Mr Smith, striving to push legislative change in social issues was what he was looking
forward to.

Justice Nation congratulated them on their admission and stressed to them how important
the work they were about to embark on, was for their clients.

‘‘The fundamental obligation of a lawyer is to look after the best interests of their clients.’’