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 Pamela Caldwell for assistance.
Annual Junior Mooting Competition
Shortland Chambers recently hosted the prizegiving and post-final function for the AYL and NZBA Annual Junior Mooting Competition. The event, which has been running for a number of years, offers practitioners with fewer than 5 years PQE a unique opportunity to practice their court advocacy skills. Each team works with an accomplished barrister as mentor, and competes in a series of preliminary and final rounds to progress to the Final.
The Final was judged this year by Associate Judge Roger Bell and Justice Lang, of the Auckland High Court. Both Judges were complimentary of the quality of the final moot, both in terms of advocacy skills demonstrated by the competitors, and the treatment of commercial subject matter by four competitors specialising in criminal law.
Congratulations to Hannah Croucher and Devon Kemp, the runners-up, from PDS, and to the winners, Matthew Mortimer from Meredith Connell and Yvonne Wang practising as an independent barrister.
A special thanks to the members of Shortland Chambers, and in the wider membership of the New Zealand Bar Association, who assisted as mentors to a number of teams in the preliminary rounds. A particular thanks is extended to the members of our Senior Bar who generously gave up their time to adjudicate the preliminary and advanced rounds – David Bigio QC, Lady Deborah Chambers QC, David Jones QC, Jane Anderson QC and Daniel McLellan QC.