Ian Pringle – An incredible man

It is with great sadness that we advise our clients and business friends that Ian Pringle recently passed away, after suffering a stroke whilst on holiday in Australia.

A funeral service was held for Ian at the new St Andrews College chapel and, as you would expect, the chapel was overflowing with hundreds of people who could not believe that this wonderful man would no longer be entertaining us with his stories or educating us with his incredible knowledge on nearly every subject imaginable.

Ian was a loved husband and father, wonderful friend and an incredible lawyer and mentor.  He transformed client service by lawyers in Christchurch from the 1960’s and grew Cavell Leitch Pringle and Boyle (as we were then known) from a small legal practice to a hugely successful law firm – paving the way for many of our subsequent partners to succeed in their own right.

It is not possible to do justice to all that Ian meant to our firm in this short note.  Jim Keegan spoke on behalf of our firm at Ian’s funeral about what he meant to all of us (and also to the wider legal profession) and a copy of his Eulogy is attached here if you would like to read this yourself.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Rosemary and Ian’s entire extended family who have been blessed to have had Ian in their lives and who will now, like us, miss him so much.  In his humble way, Ian would not want a fuss to be made, but it would not be fitting for us not to share how much he has meant and how sorry we are that he is gone. 

Ian, thank you for everything you were and have done for our firm.  We will never forget.


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