David Tait Retires

After 43 years at Cavell Leitch we would like to advise our clients and business friends that senior partner David Tait retired from our firm at the end of March aged 65.

David joined Cavell Leitch Pringle & Boyle (as it was then known) in 1972, sharing an office with another young graduate, and his future partner Arthur James (Jim) Keegan.  Since the very beginning David grew a reputation for outstanding legal advice and client service and his practice blossomed.

During five separate decades David has been our “go to” partner on complex legal and ethical issues.  He has an ability to find practical, legally robust solutions in a timely way; a skill much appreciated by his colleagues. 

He is an endlessly patient man and was always willing to help staff and colleagues with any legal questions.  Secretaries and other team members too have always held him in highest esteem, and enjoyed working for him, the mark of both a good employer and a man to trust.

David is a proud Cantabrian by birth and was educated first at St Andrew’s College and then the University of Canterbury where he completed his LLB with honours.  As a young solicitor, David became actively involved with Law Society Committees and following election to the Council he become President in 1999.

He has continued to serve the profession and is particularly respected for his exemplary work and the enormous hours he has generously given over many years to various NZLS Standards and Disciplinary Committees.

His contribution to our firm has been nothing short of immense.  All law firms face a multitude of complex issues each year and David's wise and pragmatic counsel has been of utmost value to us whenever such matters have needed to be considered.  We will all miss David's clear thinking around the partnership table and feel blessed to have had him as such a key member of our team for so long.

On behalf of all the partners, staff, colleagues and clients we wish David a very happy, healthy and long retirement.

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