Shortland Chambers was established in 1986 and is New Zealand’s largest set of barristers’ chambers. We have 32 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.
Auckland Success at Jessup Moot
Shortland Chambers would like to congratulate the New Zealand Jessup Team, which has recently completed a highly successful week at the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC. The team was coached by a current Junior Barrister at Shortland Chambers Gretta Schumacher, alongside a former clerk for Chambers, Jack Davies.
The team ultimately claimed four awards, with two members of the teaming being named the best overall oralist in the competition, and another named the third-equal best oralist.
The Jessup Moot is the most prestigious moot court competition in the world. The Auckland team, comprising Andrew Grant, Michael Greenop, Tiaan Nelson, Katy Eichelbaum and coaches Gretta Schumacher and Jack Davies, placed second overall after the preliminary rounds.
The team then progressed past the first knockout round before being narrowly beaten in the top-16 octo-final round.
The individual distinctions the team received were unprecedented in New Zealand’s history competing in the competition. Andrew Grant was ranked as overall best oralist out of over 650 competitors from 143 countries. 2017 is also the first time that a New Zealand team has had two speakers in the top 10 at Jessup, with Michael Greenop being ranked as the third best speaker overall.
The team placed second for its applicant memorial, and was named best applicant team overall for its speaker scores and memorial scores combined.
These results came after the Auckland team also won the European Friendly pre-moot in Budapest, Hungary in March 2017. This marked the first time New Zealand had competed in a Jessup pre-moot and saw the team remain undefeated before beating Austria in a close final.
The team and coaches would like to thank the Law Foundation and the Auckland Faculty of Law for their support throughout the competition, both in Washington DC and in Budapest. The team was assisted by a number of faculty members and leading practitioners and barristers.
Specifically, members of Shortland Chambers Adam Ross and Stephen Mills QC gave up valuable time to support the team and the coaches. Their contribution was invaluable to the success the team achieved.