Shortland Chambers invites applications for Junior Barrister positions commencing in February 2021. This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of New Zealand’s top barristers.
We are looking for applicants with 1-5 years’ PQE and a strong academic record. The maximum period for which the role can be held is 3 years.
For more information, or to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by no later than 31 March 2020.
Shortland Chambers are pleased to announce that two new members joined chambers in early 2020.
Yvonne Wang joined on 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 joined on 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.
Chambers Member Clive Elliott QC aims to raise climate change awareness with an exhibition of his paintings on the theme of climate change in Auckland and Wellington in March. All artwork in the exhibition will be sold by Silent Auction, with the proceeds going to the Sustainable Business Network and Sustainable Coastlines https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news-and-communications/latest-news/news/qc-artist-aims-to-raise-climate-change-awareness-with-exhibition.
On 19 September 2019 Shortland Chambers held its 13th Annual Cocktail Party for the Auckland Legal Profession at the Northern Club.
We were honoured to have the Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann, an alumna of Shortland Chambers, speak at the event. The Chief Justice reflected on her first six months in the role and the challenges that lie ahead. Her speech ranged from the very practical, pulling back the curtain on what Supreme Court justices read before hearings and how they approach allocation of judgment writing, to the aspirational, discussing the Youth Adult List pilot currently taking place in the District Court that recognises the age cut-off for the Youth Court is arbitrary.
Justice Winkelmann said the time for tinkering was over and it was time for radical change. She emphasised the need for increased access to justice which pro bono work alone cannot solve, the need to recognise that prison often does more to harm than help and a move towards more visibility of goings-on in court, perhaps through live-streaming of Supreme Court argument.
Her speech was very well received – well enough to earn her an invite back to Friday night drinks at Shortland Chambers from Jane Anderson QC.
It was wonderful to enjoy the company of several hundred members of the legal profession. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.