Shortland Chambers held its annual cocktail party for the Auckland legal profession on Thursday 27 September 2018 at the Northern Club.
The guest speaker was Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin, the Director of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Law. Dr Toy-Cronin’s speech focused on some of the systemic issues facing the New Zealand legal system and the legal profession, and how those issues were undermining access to justice. Her speech was very interesting and well received.
Overall, an excellent evening.
This was the 12th annual cocktail party which Chambers has held, and we look forward to hosting another in 2019.
Shortland Chambers was pleased to support Auckland Women’s Lawyers Association with their annual moot competition by hosting the prize giving at Chambers on Monday 1 October 2018. The moot is open to female law students at Auckland Law School and AUT law school. This year it was won by two third year Auckland Law School students: Annelise Chan and Monica Sayani. The runners up were also from Auckland this year: Richelle Go Ocao and Karen Chow. The final was judged by Justice Hinton, Christine Meechan QC and Marie Dyhrberg QC. Congratulations to the competitors!
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.