Independent barristers of the
highest calibre

Expert advice & advocacy

Since its beginnings in 1986, Shortland Chambers has been home to New Zealand’s highest calibre barristers.

A high proportion of former members have gone on to become judges of the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Courts. Currently, 19 of our 34 members are QCs – more than any chambers in New Zealand, and testament to the quality of expert advice and advocacy on offer.

Our shared values underpin this success – to operate ethically, professionally and always in the best interests of our clients.

Independent, expert practitioners
Our members operate as independent practitioners, sharing facilities and resources, and sometimes working together combining their skills and breadth of experience. This perfectly positions them to tackle complex or unusual disputes.

Serving our legal system
Past and present members serve on the executives of the New Zealand Bar Association, the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society, the Legal Research Foundation and other professional groups.

Broad practice areas
Collectively our members practice in a broad range of specialisations, including commercial, civil, criminal and regulatory. Some members also act as mediators and arbitrators.

Professionally trusted
Members are retained by solicitors from leading law firms, sole practitioners and corporate counsel who want the very best expert advice and advocacy. As a result, members often act for clients on the opposite side of the same dispute.

Accomplished junior support
Our highly regarded junior barristers support members with research and analysis. All exceptional young professionals, many junior members are also former judges’ clerks.