Anne McLeod (left), of Dunedin, and Kerry O'Donnell, of Queenstown, show off the trophies won by Anderson Lloyd at the Australasian Women in Business Law Awards. Photo supplied.
Queenstown-based commercial property specialist Kerry
O'Donnell has been named the ''best in real estate'' at the
Australasian Women in Business Law Awards.
Ms O'Donnell, who is an Anderson Lloyd partner-owner in
Queenstown, attended the awards function in Sydney.
She was thrilled with the recognition, saying some
''significant'' firms were represented and it was great to
get selected by her peers, she said.
Ms O'Donnell, who focuses on property and project
development, has worked at Anderson Lloyd for all her law
Admitted to the Bar in 2002, she has been involved in various
major projects in the Queenstown area over the past decade,
including Jacks Point, Lake Hayes Estate, Shotover Country
She believed her success in the awards was because of the
''pretty unique'' work situation.
Queenstown was a great location and there were some very good
projects to work on, but it was not in the mould of working
for a ''mega-firm'' based in the CBD of a major city.
She loved her work, particularly the creative process, Ms
Law could sometimes be combative and assisting people could
be a difficult process in some other areas of law.
But working in property was about creating wealth and
realising a vision, particularly regarding the bigger
projects, she said.
Her work was wide-ranging, from buying and selling real
estate, to development projects and commercial leasing, she
Anderson Lloyd was also named best Australasian firm for
talent management and best firm in Christchurch at the
The annual awards recognised firms for gender diversity,
innovation, mentoring, work-life balance, pro bono work and
Anderson Lloyd chief executive Richard Greenaway said the
firm was proud of its long-standing reputation for promoting
and supporting women into senior roles.