Lawyer courts career change

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Career reset: Nic Soper contemplates becoming a barrister while enjoying a drop of his own pinot noir, The Imbiber

After a distinguished career for two major law firms, Nic Soper is pulling pin to practise as a barrister. He discusses his work, and other interests like wine and cars, with Philip Chandler.

You’ve been a successful law firm partner for almost 30 years, the last 15-plus in Queenstown, where you’ve also been a top cog in your firm nationwide.

You’re still only 56 and you want to jack that all in?

To the surprise of many, Anderson Lloyd’s local managing partner Nic Soper retires from the partnership this Sunday.

After a four-month European vacation, he’ll then start practice as a barrister specialising in litigation.

Stressing he’s loved his time at Anderson Lloyd, Soper says “you get to that certain age where you want to have a bit of a change and do the things you haven’t done in the past”.

“Some people have said, ‘you seem to be too young to be doing that’, and I think, ‘that’s why I am doing it, ‘cos I am still young’.”

Not that he hasn’t garnered a bulging CV already.

At Invercargill’s AWS Legal, Soper cut his teeth acting for the Road Knights gang in three murder cases.

One gang member was acquitted and two were convicted.

He did another three murder trials in a row where the accused were all acquitted on the grounds of insanity.

Before leaving for Queenstown in 2003, he was offered the chance to join the Auckland judiciary.

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