Shortland Chambers was established in 1986 and is New Zealand’s largest set of barristers’ chambers. We have 31 members (14 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).
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 Pamela Caldwell for assistance.
Annual Cocktail Party for the Auckland Legal Profession
Shortland Chambers held its annual cocktail party for the Auckland legal profession on Thursday 10 November at the Northern Club.
The guest speaker was Dr Julie Maxton. Dr Maxton is the Executive Director of the Royal Society, based in London. Prior to this, Dr Maxton was Registrar at the University of Oxford. Dr Maxton has a strong association with the Auckland legal profession, having held various important roles in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland from 1985 to 2005.
Dr Maxton spoke on a range of topics including her personal experience of the regard in which New Zealand lawyers are held overseas.
This was the 10th annual cocktail party function which chambers has held, and coincided with the 30th anniversary of Shortland Chambers’ establishment.