Shortland Chambers was established in 1986 and is New Zealand’s largest set of barristers’ chambers. We have 33 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.
New Queen’s Counsel 2018
Shortland Chambers is delighted to announce that Bob Hollyman has been appointed Queen's Counsel.
Bob Hollyman graduated with BA LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and was admitted in 1995. He worked as a judge’s clerk in the Court of Appeal, and in the Criminal and Crown Solicitors Team at the Crown Law Office before undertaking LLM studies at the University of Toronto. Bob returned to New Zealand to join Bell Gully in 2000 and moved to the independent bar in 2006. Bob has specific interests in contract, torts (particularly misrepresentation), company and commercial disputes, and insolvency. He is the author of Falsehood and Breach of Contract (2017). Bob’s full profile is here.