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After graduating from Canterbury with an LLB in 1987 Malcolm began work in Wellington, before returning to Christchurch. A former partner of Helmore Macdonald and Stanley, Malcolm gained wide experience in all aspects of private practice. He then joined the litigation team of Wynn Williams & Co in 2000. Malcolm left that partnership in 2004 to practice as an attorney in the Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, before joining the Independent Bar in 2006. Malcolm joined Canterbury Chambers in March 2014.
Malcolm has a wide range of experience in commercial and property litigation, insolvency, and resource management. He also has a particular interest in trust litigation, including challenges to wills and the validity of trusts and the actions of trustees. Malcolm is the author of the Variation and Resettlement of Trusts chapter of the 2nd edition of Equity and Trusts in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters).
A strong believer in the place of alternative methods of resolving disputes, Malcolm became a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ in 2012, and is now a member of the AMINZ Arbitration Panel, Family Law Arbitration Panel and Mediation Panel.
Malcolm was a Council member of the NZ Bar Association from 2010 to 2015 holding office as Secretary, Treasurer and South Island Vice-President.