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Source: Auckland Council

Auckland Council’s General Counsel, Dani Gardiner, has resigned from her position and will leave at the end of May after being appointed to the High Court bench as an Associate Judge.

Dani has been with Auckland Council for five years and during that time has provided advice and counsel through some landmark decisions, including the adoption of the Auckland Unitary Plan, the Long-Term Plan 2018-2028, the introduction of new targeted rates and the America’s Cup base decisions. She has also led the council’s defence of a number of significant cases.

Chief Executive Stephen Town says Dani’s appointment is a reflection of the high esteem with which she is held in the legal profession.

Dani has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago and an LLM (Hons) from the University of Auckland. She has previously worked for a variety of law firms both in New Zealand and in London, including DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills and Chapman Tripp.