History

The Firm can trace its origins to the legal practice established in Christchurch by Arthur Rhodes in 1884. He was joined in partnership by Michael Godby and John Heaton Rhodes to form Rhodes Ross.

The late Alan Fraser commenced practice in Rangiora in 1934, later in partnership with Sir Howard Kippenberger. In 1949 Alan Fraser merged with the Christchurch Firm to create Rhodes Godby and Fraser, later to be renamed Rhodes Fraser & Co.

David Crerar became a partner in 1972, Ron Williams in 1978 and Tania McKenzie (nee Bush) in 2002.

With the merger with Rodney Venning, the practice was called Fraser Venning Crerar and was renamed Crerar Williams in 1999.

From 1 August 2008 Crerar Williams changed its name of Williams McKenzie. The firm appreciates its history but feel it is time to move on. The firm is very focused on the future. The way the world does business is changing and Williams McKenzie is dedicated to moving forward to best operate in that changing environment for the benefit of our clients.

The law can be a complicated mine field for those unfamiliar with it. Lawyers are trained to deal with those complications. If you would like advice on any aspect of the law, please do not hesitate to contact one of our solicitors at Williams McKenzie.

Williams McKenzie continues to lead North Canterbury in its friendly service and loyalty to its clients towards the future.