The recent ranking of the ‘Elite Women’ in law for 2021 is another ranking survey that sought to identify “exceptional female leaders” in the law who showed standout achievements.
Whilst somewhat nebulous, the list of women included hardly any from the LawFuel Power List and included 13 partners, 11 ‘C suite executives’, nine counsel and 2 senior associates it carried the appropriate spread of Biglaw entrants – Bell Gully (1), Chapman Tripp (1), Buddle Findlay (1), Simpson Grierson (2), MinterEllison Rudd Watts (1), Dentons Kensington Swan (1), DLA Piper (1) and Russell McVeagh (1).
Of the outside firms, Auckland Airport was the only one to have two high fliers in the list.
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The results derive from a survey put out by NZ Lawyer in September and are based upon those female lawyers who are somehow involved in a role that influenced the profession.
Vague-sounding it may be, but the survey’s team then went through the list to isolate that key missing ingredient – ‘passion’ – to identify who should make the cut.
Interestingly, with LawFuel’s Power List, which rests also upon reader contribution, but also survey among working professionals, we isolate lawyers (male or female or, we supposed, even non-binary) to determine what power they have in terms of their role, including their influence upon the profession.
And this year, as we reported, the extensive results showed a record number of women in the list – 23 – including six of the top 10 entrants in the Power List being women, of whom none make the ‘elite list’. Huh?
LawFuel lawyer of the year Cassie Nicholson? Solicitor General Una Jagose? Law Society President Tiana Epati? None suffer from lack of contribution or passion.
Still, that’s lists for you?
Among the elite women are Bankside Chambers’ Anna Kirk, appointed to the International Court of Arbitration, the first women to bne appointed to the role, along with Susie Sneddon, founder of Base Law, a law firm focused upon female solicitors, Helen McKay, founder of Juno Legal, the business-to-business legal model and Rocket Lab’s Courtney Dick.
Who Are The Elite Women Lawyers 2021?
Helen Macfarlane – Hesketh Henry
Mai Chen, Chen Palmer
Anna Kirk, Bankside Chambers
Kirsty Redfern, AIA NZ
Stephanie Ambler, Tompkins Wake
Suzie Sneddon, Base Law
Wendy Alexander, Norling Law
Amanda Griffiths, AJ Park
Anastasiya Gutorova, Simpson Grierson
Anne Callinan, Simpson Grierson
Courtney Dick, Rocket Lab
Elena Kim, PwC NZ
Emma Priest, Blackstone Chambers
Emily Ackland, Vocus Group
Helen Mackay, Juno Legal
Helen Wild, Auckland Council
Jacque Lethbridge, Martelli McKegg
Joanna Khoo, Chubb Insurance
Joanna Simon, NZLS
Jo Avenell, Russell McVeagh
Jo Naidoo, Norriw Ward McKinnon
Katie Bhreatnach, Airways NZ
Kelly Paterson, Buddle Findlay
Kerry Anderson, DLA Piper
Laura Littlewood, Bell Gully
Linda Clark, Dentons Kensington Swan
Louise Martin, Auckland International Airport
Mary-Elizabeth Tuck, Auckland International Airport
Melissa Anastasiou, Spark NZ
Paris Bree, NZ Oil & Gas
Polly Pope, Russell McVeagh
Rachael Brown, Bell Gully
Sally Morris, Morris Legal
Silvana Schenone, MinterEllison Rudd Watts
Te Aopare Dewes, Chapman Tripp