The old trope "male, pale, and stale" extends beyond lawyers to law firms insofar as they're arguably "staler" than most businesses. At least 50 New Zealand firms have been in existence for over 125 years.

First up is Wellington's Treadwells, which has been going strong for 179 years. It's so strong in fact, that the firm declined to comment. The firm can be traced back to the first lawyer to arrive in New Zealand, Richard Davis Hanson.

The first iteration of Bell Gully also came to fruition the same year as the Treaty of Waitangi, 1840, with one of


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