Crown role a 'real honour'

Last updated 05:00 08/02/2013

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Andrew McRae has been appointed as the Timaru Crown Solicitor.

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced the appointment yesterday of Mr McRae, a partner at law firm Gresson Dorman and Co.

Mr McRae takes over the role of Crown Solicitor for Timaru from Tim Gresson, following Mr Gresson's retirement from the role.

Mr Gresson remains a partner of Gresson Dorman and Co.

Mr McRae said the appointment was a real honour.

"I feel very privileged to take on the role after Tim's 32 years of stewardship," Mr McRae said.

"Criminal law is going through a period of significant change therefore there will be interesting times ahead.

"I have prosecuted all of my career to date and becoming Crown Solicitor has certainly been a personal goal, however the position is far more than just a title and carries with it significant responsibility.

"I am looking forward to the challenges in a job in which no day is the same."

Mr McRae graduated from Canterbury University in 1999.

Until 2007 he was employed with the Christchurch Crown Solicitor's office, Raymond Donnelly, prosecuting more than 100 trials as sole counsel and assisting senior counsel in a number of homicide prosecutions and other trials.

In late 2007 Mr McRae joined Gresson Dorman and Co.

He was appointed an associate at the firm in 2008 and partner in 2009 and has been involved in more than 150 trials as lead counsel.

His appointment took effect on February 1, 2013.

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- The Timaru Herald

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