Sarah Simmers has been selected as one of New Zealand's top
38 ''trail-blazing'' lawyers. Photo supplied.
Dunedin lawyer Sarah Simmers is officially ''hot''.
Mrs Simmers (34), a partner-owner in Anderson Lloyd's Dunedin
office, has been named in NZ Lawyer magazine's Hot
It is the first time the magazine has released such a report,
which identifies the country's top 38 ''trail-blazing''
The publication asked New Zealand law firms to make
submissions and be involved in off-record interviews, in
which respondents were asked to nominate lawyers they
respected not only within their own firms but also at rival
Mrs Simmers, the only Dunedin lawyer on the list, was named
in the ''landmark achievements'' category for being ''another
deal-maker whose career has gone from strength to strength on
the back of some highly noteworthy deals'', the magazine
When contacted, Mrs Simmers, a mother of two young children,
said she was ''really stoked'' to have been named on the
''It also proves that you don't have to be located in
Auckland or Wellington to work on large nationally
significant transactions and advance your legal career.
''You can live in Dunedin and have really great work [and]
interesting challenges,'' she said.
Dunedin-born and raised, Mrs Simmers has worked at Anderson
Lloyd since graduating in 2002. She was made a commercial
partner in 2008.
She had been involved with some large transactions over the
past year, including the sale of Skeggs Group's Pacifica
Shipping to global shipping group Swire; Combined Rural
Traders' (CRT) merger with North Island-based Farmlands; and
Farmlands' purchase of the NRM animal feeds business from
The CRT-Farmlands merger, for which she acted for CRT, was
one of the largest transactions in New Zealand last year,
involving entities with combined historic revenues of $2
billion per year and creating a nationwide co-operative with
As part of her role, Mrs Simmers said she got ''really
immersed'' in the businesses she worked with.
''You do feel like you're kind of part of the business when
you're working so closely.
''I have a smaller number of big clients I'm dealing with on
a day-by-day basis.
''It gets to a point you feel like you're part of the team
and you understand what's driving them,'' she said.
She enjoyed her work - ''it's not like you're doing the same
thing over and over day after day; there's always something
to keep you on your toes'' - and she was committed to the
city, Mrs Simmers said.