Shortland Chambers was established in 1986 and is one of New Zealand’s largest set of barristers’ chambers. We have 34 members (20 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 members - Yvonne Wang and Sarah Armstrong
Shortland Chambers are pleased to announce that two new members will be joining chambers in early 2020.
Yvonne Wang will be joining from 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 will be joining from 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.