Shortland Chambers was established in 1986 and is one of New Zealand’s largest set of barristers’ chambers. We have 34 members (19 of whom are Queen's Counsel) and a team of junior barristers.
Shortland Chambers’ members offer expert advice and advocacy in many practice areas. Their specialisations cover a broad range of commercial, civil, criminal and regulatory fields. Some members accept appointment as mediators and arbitrators.
Shortland Chambers has a distinguished record of achievements through its current and past members. A number of former members have been appointed as judges of the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Courts.
Past and present members have been active in the administration of the bar and legal practice in New Zealand through serving on the executives of the New Zealand Bar Association, the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society, the Legal Research Foundation and various specialist professional groups.
Chambers has a number of Associate Members who are based outside Auckland. In Australia: David Shavin QC (Melbourne), David Russell QC (Brisbane) and Dr Matthew Conaglen (Sydney). In the United Kingdom, Francis Barlow QC (London). In Wellington Bill Wilson QC.
Shortland Chambers’ members are independent practitioners who share facilities and resources in a collegial environment. Their key drivers are ethics, professionalism and a desire to best serve the interests of clients.
Members are retained by a wide range of solicitors from leading law firms to sole practitioners and corporate counsel throughout New Zealand and overseas. Given that many leading litigators practise from Shortland Chambers, it is not uncommon for members to act as opposing counsel.
The breadth of experience within chambers enables cross-disciplinary teams of barristers to be assembled at different levels of experience to manage complex disputes.
Shortland Chambers is supported by a group of junior barristers who provide research and analysis as required. Many of the juniors are former judges’ clerks and all are highly regarded.
In most circumstances, barristers must be instructed by solicitors although there are some exceptions. Specific enquiries may be directed to individual barristers or to their personal assistants. More detailed information can be found on our FAQs page.
Shortland Chambers does not operate with clerks. Rates and briefs are negotiated directly with counsel.
If in any doubt, please contact our Chambers Manager for assistance.
Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association Moot
The final of the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association Moot was held on 3 October 2019 at the High Court, with the prizegiving hosted by Shortland Chambers later that evening.
The third year of the AWLA Moot was very successful. Sixteen teams from the University of Auckland and AUT University took party, grappling with a moot problem raising issues of how far is too far when it comes to lawyers publicly criticising judges. The feedback from the participants has been fantastic, with the students gaining valuable experience.
The final was held at the High Court before a panel of Justice Hinton, Kate Davenport QC and Dr Anna Hood. The panel of judges announced the result afterwards at Shortland Chambers, with the majority (Justice Hinton and Dr Anna Hood) allowing the appeal in what all considered to be a very close result. Despite the weather, there was fantastic turnout of judges, AWLA committee members, participants and spectators for the prizegiving.
The moot was well-received, with the problem even gaining national news coverage.