Chambers congratulates Junior Ana Lenard on being awarded the New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin scholarship for outstanding women lawyers. She plans to use the scholarship to pursue a Master of Laws in the United States at Columbia University focusing on dispute resolution, social justice and legal theory.
Shortland Chambers invites applications for Junior Barrister positions commencing in February 2021. This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of New Zealand’s top barristers.
We are looking for applicants with 1-5 years’ PQE and a strong academic record. The maximum period for which the role can be held is 3 years.
For more information, or to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by no later than 31 March 2020.
Shortland Chambers are pleased to announce that two new members joined chambers in early 2020.
Yvonne Wang joined on 1 January 2020.
Prior to returning to the independent bar, Yvonne was a Senior Solicitor at the highly respected Auckland firm Meredith Connell. Before that, Yvonne practised as a barrister at two different sets of Chambers in Auckland.
Yvonne acts in criminal and civil proceedings with a particular interest in serious fraud, regulatory prosecutions, proceeds of crime, disciplinary proceedings and public interest litigation.
Sarah Armstrong joined on 1 February 2020.
Sarah is an award-winning commercial litigation specialist with over two decades of experience advising on a wide range of commercial disputes both in New Zealand and in the UK.
Sarah joins the bar after 12 years as a partner of a large New Zealand litigation practice where she has appeared for clients in complex contract and tort claims, banking and financial markets investigations and litigation, company and securities disputes, insurance, tax payer challenge proceedings, product liability and intellectual property.
Chambers Member Clive Elliott QC aims to raise climate change awareness with an exhibition of his paintings on the theme of climate change in Auckland and Wellington in March. All artwork in the exhibition will be sold by Silent Auction, with the proceeds going to the Sustainable Business Network and Sustainable Coastlines https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news-and-communications/latest-news/news/qc-artist-aims-to-raise-climate-change-awareness-with-exhibition.
Shortland Chambers is proud to announce that it is the first barristers' chambers to adopt the new Gender Equitable Engagement and Instruction Policy which was recently launched by the New Zealand Law Society and New Zealand Bar Association. The policy requires adopters to commit to increasing the proportion of women lawyers leading court proceedings and other contentious matters.
In signing up to the policy, Shortland Chambers has demonstrated its commitment to the goal of gender equity at the independent bar. A key objective of the policy is that by 1 December 2018, adopters will use reasonable endeavours to have women lawyers with relevant expertise take a lead on at least 30% of court proceedings, arbitral proceedings, and major regulatory investigations. As a policy adopter, Shortland Chambers will be required to provide a biennial confidential report to the Law Society on the measures taken to achieve the target.
Chambers member Jenny Cooper QC and Chambers junior Gretta Schumacher were closely involved in the development of the policy. Jenny says the policy has been welcomed by key players across the legal profession: "I am very optimistic that this policy, and the fantastic level of support it has received already, mark a real turning point for women in our profession."
The policy was launched at the offices of law firm Russell McVeagh on 5 December 2017. Daniel McLellan QC, chairperson of the Shortland Chambers board, signed on behalf of Chambers (pictured). The policy can be accessed here.
For more information contact Jenny Cooper QC.
A list of the female barristers at Shortland Chambers: Jane Anderson QC, Sonja Clapham,
Jenny Cooper QC, Sandra Grant, Honor Ford, Nura Taefi, Daisy Williams.