Partner - Russell McVeagh
Allison is the Practice Group Chair of Russell McVeagh's National Environment, Planning and Natural Resources team, and is also the firm's Recruitment Chair. Her practice covers all aspects of resource management and local government law, with a particular focus on development and large-scale infrastructure projects, along with district and regional planning, and policy matters. She made the decision to work part-time for a number of years after the birth of her first child while deciding to remain on track for partnership during that time. She is now full-time, and has a 2-year old son and 6-year old daughter at home.
Coca Cola Amatil NZ
General Counsel - Coca Cola Amatil NZ
Caroline Beaumont was born and educated in London and graduated from Queen Mary College, London University with a Masters in Commercial and Corporate Law in 1990. Caroline is qualified to practise as a solicitor in England & Wales and NZ. Caroline practised in London for 3 years (at Nabarros) before moving to New Zealand.
Caroline emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1994, although Caroline considers this move to be a homecoming as she is a 5th generation New Zealander. Her great great great grandfather was one of the 92 convicts deported to New Zealand in 1842.
During her career, she has worked in New Zealand’s preeminent law firms, Russell McVeagh and Bell Gully, as well as holding in-house roles at Vodafone New Zealand and Transfield Services.
Caroline joined Coca-Cola Amatil (N.Z.) Ltd in April 2007 and was appointed to the boards of CCANZ and its parent company, Coca-Cola Holdings NZ Limited, in March 2009.
She is the General Counsel for Amatil’s New Zealand and Fiji business units – responsible for each company’s legal affairs. She is also the Manager of the Incident Management and Crisis Response Team.
Caroline serves her community as a member of New Zealand Football’s ExCo and the In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand, and is a volunteer coach for New Zealand Special Olympics athletes.
Partner - Step-Up
Nicky is an expert in confident and persuasive communication, applied emotional intelligence, team inspiration and motivation, and conflict management. With 20 years’ experience gained internationally working with clients such as Westpac, Chorus, and ANZ, Nicky specialises in assisting leaders to drive change and performance in their organisations, and helps leaders develop courage, flexibility and resilience true to their own leadership style.
Chief Legal Advisor
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Chief Legal Advisor - Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Ms Brennan is Chief Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, a position she has held since May 2013. At MBIE she leads a talented and committed team of 70-odd lawyers and technical specialists supporting a fascinating and varied business focused on growing the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders. She is a member of the Government Legal Network Advisory Board and the NZLS Women’s Advisory Panel.
Ann has had a career of two parts. First as a lawyer with two commercial law firms with a litigation focus and then in-house. A planned one year stint at Westpac as Senior Counsel turned into six years. In 2007 she was appointed General Counsel of Public Trust where she was a member of the Executive Leadership Team, a director of a number of subsidiaries and responsible for the legal, risk, compliance, regulatory affairs and customer quality functions.
Married to a lawyer, Ann is mother to twins in their final year of studying law. She encourages full participation in the legal workforce and has been a regular presenter at events promoting diversity.
General Counsel - Bathurst Resources
Alison Brown is General Counsel for Bathurst Resources Ltd having more than 30 years legal experience in private practice, in-house, government and teaching Professionals. She specialises in mining, environmental and climate change law with a solid grounding in commercial law. She holds a Masters of Law (Hons).
Professor Ursula Cheer
Dean of Law
University of Canterbury
Dean of Law - University of Canterbury
Ursula Cheer graduated with Honours from Canterbury Law School in 1982 and practised as a lawyer for six years. She has also been a speech writer to the Minister of Justice and legal advisor to the Prime Minister, as well as a Senior Legal Advisor to the Lord Chancellor, in the UK Law Commission.
Ursula is now a Professor at Canterbury University specialising in media law, and Dean of the Law School. She has a particular interest in women and law since two thirds of her students are female and she has been in practice herself.
Deputy Chief Judge
Maori Land Court
Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox
Maori Land Court
Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox (nee Wickliffe) was appointed in 2000 as a judge of the Māori Land Court resident in the Tairawhiti and Waiariki districts. She was also appointed as an alternate Environment Court judge in 2009. She was then appointed deputy chief judge of the Māori Land Court in February 2010. Judge Fox has been the presiding officer for numerous historical and contemporary claims in the Waitangi Tribunal – one of which contributed to the Kaingaroa Forest Settlement with the Central North Island Tribes and another led to the first national Aquaculture Treaty Settlement.
A specialist in international human rights, Judge Fox was a Harkness Fellow to the USA from 1991 to 1992 and a Pacific Fellow in Human Rights Education employed by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation from 1997 to 1999. For her work in human rights, she won the New Zealand Human Rights Commission 2000 Millennium Medal.
In addition to her work, Judge Fox has been a Board Member of the International Oral History Association, a member of the NZ Women Judges’ Association and a member of the Māori Law Society currently working on establishing a Women’s Division within that organisation. She is also asked to speak frequently at national events and occasionally at international events – such as the Global Centre for Indigenous Language Excellence in Hawaii in January 2016, the Eighth Annual Federal Bar Association Conference in December 2016 in Hawaii and the International Association of Women Judges Asia-Pacific regional conference in Australia in April 2017.
Solicitor - Chapman Tripp
Rez Gardi was born in a United Nations refugee camp in Pakistan as her Kurdish family escaped persecution in their home land of Kurdistan. At the age of six Rez and her family settled in New Zealand. Arriving with nothing, Rez has sought to use her difficult start in life as motivation to succeed, recently becoming New Zealand’s first Kurdish female lawyer. Rez works in corporate litigation at New Zealand’s premier law firm, Chapman Tripp, and previously worked at the United Nations Office in Nairobi as a human rights intern. She is passionate about supporting young refugees through a mentoring and support programme she has founded to try and address the under-representation of refugee students in tertiary education, as she believes education is pivotal to changing the future for refugees
Partner - Russell McVeagh
Pip is a senior partner and board member at Russell McVeagh, and mother of two. Widely acknowledged as one of New Zealand's top corporate lawyers, she advises on the most significant transactions taking place in the country and is the recipient of numerous awards including New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year in 2016.
Managing Partner - Kensington Swan
Cat Grover is the Managing Partner (Wellington) at Kensington Swan. Cat specialises in financial markets law and has practiced exclusively in this area for over 15 years. Cat has been a partner at Kensington Swan for 10 years and is in her third year as Managing Partner.
CEO - Anthony Harper
Over the last 5 years, Lisa has successfully implemented her vision of creating a law firm with a difference.
Her experience in the dual disciplines of accountancy and law, having worked for a number of years as a General Counsel in industry and having held a variety of board appointments (both in the corporate and not for profit sectors) provides her with a unique insight in leading a law firm.
Lisa and her husband balance their busy careers with bringing up their two children.
In 2016, Lisa entered a very elite alumni as a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards.
Executive Director and Senior Counsel
Executive Director and Senior Counsel - Goldman Sachs
“Jennifer has been the sole legal counsel for Goldman Sachs NZ since 2014, and has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector in NZ and the UK. She has been practising in house since 2003. She is a member of the NZ In House Lawyers Association Committee, a member of the Steering Committee for her firm’s A/NZ Women’s Network, a mentor to several junior women and a director on the boards of several Goldman Sachs companies.
For Goldman Sachs, Jennifer provides legal coverage across NZ and Australia on investment banking transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, IPO’s and a variety of other capital raisings), securities sales and trading, firm-wide corporate projects, regulatory matters, procurement and corporate governance. She is the NZX compliance surveillance manager and a member of the A/NZ risk committee (advising group boards and management in Australia and New Zealand).
In her spare time, she enjoys travel, days at the beach, theatre, spending time watching her 3 children in their various (way too many) sports pursuits, and has good intentions to tick off at least one more of NZ’s Great Walks in 2017.”
Professor Edwina Pio
University Director of Diversity
Auckland University of Technology
University Director of Diversity - Auckland University of Technology
Edwina Pio is University Director of Diversity at the Auckland University of Technology. She is New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity, a Fulbright alumna and recipient of a Duke of Edinburgh fellowship. A thought leader and widely published, she travels extensively to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia to interact with diverse audiences in the academic, business and social sector.
Cathy Quinn ONZM
Cathy Quinn ONZM
Partner - MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Cathy Quinn ONZM is a highly regarded corporate lawyer specialising in mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings, securities law, private equity, and an expert in corporate governance. She leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Merger and Acquisitions and Private Equity team as well as its China practice. Cathy was chair of the firm for 8 years during which time the firm experienced significant growth and enhanced its standing in the market to become known as one of the top firms in New Zealand.
Cathy is a member of the Board of the NZ Treasury, is on the Executive Board of the NZ China Council and is a member of the Economic Challenge Group to MBI and the NZ Treasury. Cathy was a member of the Securities Commission for 9 years and the only lawyer appointed to the government’s Capital Markets Development Taskforce.
Partner - MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Stacey has over 20 years experience representing financial institutions, other corporate clients, public sector entities and directors & officers in significant litigation and regulatory matters. She enjoys working with a diverse team and actively looks to recruit lawyers who work with flexibility.
Stacey has been recognized as a Blake Leader, Women of Influence Award winner in the community & not-for-profit category, Kiwibank Local Hero recipient and was Law Fuel's 2015 NZ Lawyer of the Year for her work with women and children.
In New Zealand, this work has included the development of a weekly homework club programme that partners businesses or organisations with low decile primary schools. Known as “Homework HELP Clubs”, the programme seeks to have more kiwi kids open doors to brighter futures. Stacey also developed a prison programme to help jailed mothers maintain meaningful connections with their children. Called the “Mothers Project”, the programme now runs in the Auckland and Wellington women’s prisons. “HelpTank”, which is a skilled volunteering website, is the latest project being launched under the WHO DID YOU HELP TODAY umbrella (which is a social movement that Stacey founded).
Stacey previously worked for top litigation firm Paul Weiss in New York for 11 years while working pro bono on numerous challenging projects to support vulnerable women and children, and taking a sabbatical to do the same for women and children who were victims of violence in Ghana.
Partner - Kahui Legal
Kiri Tahana has over 20 years’ international commercial legal experience having worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Kiri recently returned to New Zealand to join Kahui Legal, a boutique law firm with expertise in legal issues that affect Maori.
Kiri focuses on both non-contentious and contentious commercial matters and has expertise in telecommunications and competition law. Kiri brings a unique perspective with experience from both large commercial law firms and in-house. Prior to returning to New Zealand, Kiri worked at a telecommunications company in Dubai where she led the team responsible for providing legal support to the company’s commercial functions. The legal team was twice awarded the best in-house legal team in the Middle East.
Kiri is excited to be back in Aotearoa where she can use her international experience to help support the growing Maori economy. Kiri is married with three children.
Partner - Simpson Grierson
Shan is a Partner in Simpson Grierson's Employment Law Group. Shan has been a Partner now for 13 years. She was voted into partnership when pregnant with her first son. Her employment law practice encompasses a variety of NZ workplaces and has her dealing with CEOs, senior executives, HR and legal teams to receive instructions.