Bell Gully

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Bell Gully
Bell Gully Logo
Headquarters Auckland
No. of offices 2
No. of attorneys 200+
No. of employees 400+
Major practice areas General Practice
Key people

Chris Gordon (Chairman)

Cecilia Burgess (Chief Operating Officer)
Date founded 1840

Bell Gully is a major New Zealand law firm. Founded in 1840 it is one of New Zealand's largest law firms, and along with Chapman Tripp and Russell McVeagh it is considered to be one of the "big three".

Bell Gully is a full-service law firm. Major practice areas include corporate, financial services, property, tax and litigation, and the firm is capable of acting on large and complex commercial matters.

With offices in Auckland and Wellington, the firm has about 400 staff.


Bell Gully is the result of a merger between Bell Gully & Co of Wellington, founded in 1860, and Buddle Weir & Co of Auckland, founded in 1840.

Over the years, the firm has produced many leading lawyers, including four of the twelve first presidents of the New Zealand Law Society (Sir Francis Bell, Sir Humphrey O'Leary, A. B. Buxton, and Sir Denis Blundell), two solicitors-general (Herbert Edgar Evans and Richard Wild), three attorneys-general (including the current Attorney-General Chris Finlayson), three chief justices (Michael Myers, Sir Humphrey O'Leary, and Richard Wild), numerous High Court and Court of Appeal judges, two prime ministers and a governor-general.[1]


  1. ^ Cooke, Robin (1969). Portrait of a Profession: The Centennial Book of the New Zealand Law Society. Wellington: Reed Publishing. p. 396. 

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