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.
Shortland Chambers is committed to the on-going education of junior members of the legal profession. The following members of Chambers are members of the NZLS Litigation Skills faculty: David Cooper, Marc Corlett QC, Bob Hollyman, Stephen Hunter, Daniel McLellan QC, Nic Scampion and Daisy Williams. This year’s week long residential course will run from 19 August to 26 August at Lincoln University and will provide in-depth hands-on training in the skills needed for successful courtroom advocacy.
David Bigio QC was facilitator for the SCREEN EDGE FORUM 2017 AUCKLAND as part of the Doc Edge Documentary Film Festival on 27 May. The topic was: ”When Subjects Go Rogue” with Hollie Fifer, Annie Goldson, David Bigio QC (facilitator). How to manage legal risk around the subjects of documentary films who threaten to withdraw or sue over content which displeases them. Hollie Fifer is the Director of a film about PNG "The Opposition” which was the subject of injunction proceedings in the Australian Courts. Annie Goldson is one of NZ’s leading documentary filmmakers who is an officer of the New Zealand order of merit for services to documentary filmmaking. David also facilitated the Q&A with Hollie after the screening of the Opposition on 26 May.
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.
The New Zealand Bar Association and Shortland Chambers are hosting drinks and canapes at Chambers for newer barristers who have recently gone to the bar and are practising on their own account, rather than as employed barristers or chambers’ juniors. There will be a panel discussion led by Jane Anderson QC, Kevin Glover and Nura Taefi. Jane and Kevin have generously agreed to share their experiences of starting out at the bar.
Honor Ford, Nura Taefi and Alec Steel have organized this event in order to establish a network for barristers in this experience bracket and expand support for those starting out.
If you are interested in attending this event or would like further information, please contact Chambers Manager, Pamela Caldwell.
When: 31 May at 5.30 pm
Where: Shortland Chambers, Level 13, 70 Shortland Street