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 is proud to announce that it is the first barristers' chambers to adopt the new Gender Equitable Engagement and Instruction Policy which was recently launched by the New Zealand Law Society and New Zealand Bar Association. The policy requires adopters to commit to increasing the proportion of women lawyers leading court proceedings and other contentious matters.
In signing up to the policy, Shortland Chambers has demonstrated its commitment to the goal of gender equity at the independent bar. A key objective of the policy is that by 1 December 2018, adopters will use reasonable endeavours to have women lawyers with relevant expertise take a lead on at least 30% of court proceedings, arbitral proceedings, and major regulatory investigations. As a policy adopter, Shortland Chambers will be required to provide a biennial confidential report to the Law Society on the measures taken to achieve the target.
Chambers member Jenny Cooper QC and Chambers junior Gretta Schumacher were closely involved in the development of the policy. Jenny says the policy has been welcomed by key players across the legal profession: "I am very optimistic that this policy, and the fantastic level of support it has received already, mark a real turning point for women in our profession."
The policy was launched at the offices of law firm Russell McVeagh on 5 December 2017. Daniel McLellan QC, chairperson of the Shortland Chambers board, signed on behalf of Chambers (pictured). The policy can be accessed here.
For more information contact Jenny Cooper QC.
A list of the female barristers at Shortland Chambers: Jane Anderson QC, Sonja Clapham,
Jenny Cooper QC, Sandra Grant, Honor Ford, Nura Taefi, Daisy Williams.