Smith & Caughey
Hardly surprisingly, given our presence in Auckland for so many years, there have been connections across many clients. Smith and Caughey is an example – ‘GP’ Finlay’s daughter, Mary, married Sir Thomas Harcourt Clarke Caughey who was an All Black and Managing Director of Smith and Caughey for many years. Then in 1970 Richard Caughey joined Hesketh & Richmond as a partner. Hesketh Henry has acted for Smith and Caughey on many occasions over the years and continues to do so.
The Henry Impact
The Henry name has became synonymous with high achievement in the legal field.
Trevor Henry stayed with the firm until 1955 when he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme (High) Court of New Zealand, the same year that his son, John Henry, was made a partner of the firm. Trevor Henry’s career was described as “meteoric” and his inauguration ceremony saw one of the largest ever turnouts of Auckland’s society. In 1970 he was knighted for services to the justice system and remained active in the law well into his 90s. He died in 2007 at the age of 105.
John went on to become a very successful litigator, building a substantial commercial litigation team at the firm. His achievements included being made a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, appointment to the High Court of New Zealand in 1984, and appointment to the Privy council in 1996. He was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 (converted to the equivalent knighthood in 2009).