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Andrew Harkness, Partner, Simpson Grierson

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Please accept my sincere condolences on the very sad news about the passing of Robert your Chairman and Senior Partner. As part of the Lex Mundi community we extend our thoughts and prays to Bowmans.  

I had occasion to spend time with Robert at the Lex Mundi conference in South Korea in 2019 when we taxied across Seoul to find a sporting venue to watch the All Blacks play South Africa in the World Cup in Japan.  If I am not mistaken Robert said he could have attended that game with clients, but had put the firm and Lex Mundi and IBA ahead of his own desire to be there. This signified his commitment to the firm.  The ABs were successful that day in the pool game and we shared a beer over a recap. He was most gracious in defeat but he would have then gone on to see South Africa rise to take the tournament which I could see him being ecstatic about.

Having lost our own Chairman, Kevin Jaffe, in 2018 we know what a shock and toll such events have on a partnership and the firm.

Our thoughts are with you, your staff and partners and Robert’s family.