Former member of parliament. Raymond has recently re-joined Shieff Angland after concluding one more term as a Member of Parliament and chairman of the Justice Committee. He chaired one of the busiest committees that played a leading role in the reform of some of the most important laws in New Zealand including Trusts Bill, Privacy Bill, Arbitration Bill, Courts Matters Bill and the Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill. He sponsored in Parliament a member’s bill, Insolvency (Private Administration of Personal Bankruptcy) Amendment Bill, seeking to bring New Zealand into line with Australia and the United Kingdom.
Raymond is the founding trustee of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week charitable trust (NZCLW), a Kiwi-driven initiative designed to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand. The first of its kind in any Western country, NZCLW seeks to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand.
Qualified in both China (statute law) and New Zealand (case law), Raymond has extensive experience which uniquely positions him to understand the Asian business community requirements and ensure then they are connected to Shieff Angland lawyers who can best assist them to achieve their objectives.
He is an honorary professor of law at his alma mater, China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, He has published nine books including The Power of the Rule of Law – Navigating established common law cases《法之力》 (Beijing: 2019), a book designed for Chinese judges, lawyers and businesspeople. He is the co-editor (with Dr Wayne Mapp) of a bilingual guide Doing Business in New Zealand – information and advice from leading experts (to be released in mid-2021).