Honorary doctorate for long-time law supporter

9 October 2014

Warren Scotter

Hamilton-based lawyer: Warren Scotter.

A lawyer who has been with Harkness Henry law firm for 45 years and contributed much to the administration of law in the region is being awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Waikato.

Specialist in litigation

Warren Scotter is a senior partner at Harkness Henry and a specialist in litigation.

“He is known for his kindness, his dedication to the legal profession and he has been an unfailing supporter of the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Law,” says university Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. “His support came when there was a lot of resistance to Waikato establishing a law school and he has continued supporting us in a number of ways ever since.”

Throughout his career, Mr Scotter has taken active roles in law administration, as president of the The Waikato – Bay of Plenty District Law Society Council, chair of the High Court Practice Committee, chair of the society’s Complaints Committee, councillor of the New Zealand Law Society and a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s executive. More recently, he has chaired the Law Society’s Standards Committee for Waikato – Bay of Plenty.

He was also instrumental in improving the quality of legal standards regulation and has provided support for many new lawyers entering practice in the region.

Career as a litigation lawyer

Mr Scotter has been a litigation lawyer throughout his career, and in his day to day practice has appeared in hundreds of cases, frequently acting for the underdog. He is acknowledged as always being fair and balanced, and as a principled and respected lawyer. His recent focus has been in areas of litigation about trusts, wills and estates.

Since the first cohort of law students graduated at Waikato University, Harkness Henry has recruited from the University of Waikato and for 23 years Mr Scotter has championed the annual Harkness Henry Lecture, delivered by outstanding leaders in the law. This year’s lecture was given by Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

Mr Scotter will receive his honorary doctorate at University of Waikato graduation on October 22.

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