On 30 June 2016 Cavell Leitch said farewell to its long serving and much loved Partner Scott Fairclough.
Scott had decided some time ago that the time was right for him to retire from the practice of law and spend more time with family and enjoying other pursuits - although since retiring he reports that he hasn’t had a moment to think!
We are delighted for Scott and his decision to retire and he has worked closely with us to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for his clients and fellow team members.
Scott commenced employment at Cavell Leitch on 11 February 1980, after time working in a London law firm. He was admitted to the partnership in 1984.
As was the practise in 1980 he started out in general litigation where it was not uncommon to find himself appearing in a variety of Courts in one single day. In the late 1980’s Scott gave up the criminal part of his practice and concentrated on his employment and family law files, and in the 2000’s concentrating on family and estate law.
One of Scott’s claims to fame is that he is sure he had the first court case in Christchurch on the very first day of the new Family Court when it was created in the early 1980’s It was in this area of family law that Scott excelled and found his true calling.
He became a lawyer for children, someone who is recognised for their caring nature, wisdom and aptitude by the Courts and who is appointed by the Court in child care matters to ensure children have someone independent to look after their interests in child care matters. He believes that he represented something like 400 families in this role over many years. It is easy to imagine 1000 children could have had their lives improved by Scott’s involvement through some very difficult times for those families.
Of course family law is not just about child related matters. Scott’s career involved him in helping many people deal with their property matters, either on a separation or when they formed new relationships and he also had a large estate litigation practice, helping people through the murky field of claims arising out of the deaths of loved, or not so loved, ones.
Scott has been an important part of the Cavell Leitch family for a number of decades, was an active participant in decisions to make changes for the firm and was fully involved in the firm’s bubbly social life as well. The partners farewelled him with a dinner and the staff held a special mufti day with a loud jacket and shoes theme, in honour of Scott’s fabulous dress sense, along with after work drinks, where a degree of very humorous “roasting” occurred.
Whilst we are sad to see such a fantastic member of our firm and the profession retire and leave our daily lives we are truly happy for Scott that he has taken this opportunity whilst he is still youngish to do some more smelling of the roses and we thank not only him for all of his contributions but also his wife Debbie, son Ollie and daughter Holly for the parts that they have played in the firm and the inevitable sacrifices they have made as a result of Scott’s continuous commitment to Cavell Leitch.