Bruce Gray KC

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Last Year – 44   Bruce Gray handles some of the heavy-weight criminal and civil briefs in the country, including representing the Anglican Church in respect of the Abuse in Care Inquiry, the unnamed wealthy businessman jailed over sexual assault claims and the National Party facing the accusations levelled by Winston Peters. However apart from …

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Pip England

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Last Year – 30 As managing partner of what is arguably the most powerful law firm in the country, Pip England spends his second year on the Power List. The M&A, property and corporate lawyer took the reigns at the leading firm last September, described as someone who ‘lives and breathes’ the firm’s values. He …

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45= Olivia Wensley

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New Entrant The former #Metoo activist and lawyer recently stood for Queenstown mayoralty but her vocal criticism of the Law Society’s handling of the Russell McVeagh scandal involving the sexual assault of interns during the 2015/2017 period and sexual harassment cases generally has helped generate greater awareness of the issue within the profession. She met …

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38. Brendan Horsley

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Last Year – 42 He may be more George Smiley than James Bond, but Brendan Horsley, the former Deputy Solicitor General who ran the Crown prosecution network, has an important role supervising New Zealand’s intelligence services at a time when terrorist and extremist threats continue to cause concern in the wake of global upheaval and, …

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Warren Alcock

Last Year – 48 Handling clients like both All Blacks coach Ian Foster and potential AB coach Scott Robertson (pictured below) is testament to Warren Alcock’s influence within New Zealand’s premier team and sport generally – not to mention representation of such rugby stars as Ritchie McCaw and Dan Carter. The growing influence and power …

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Nigel Hampton KC

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Senior Silk Last Year – 14 From Pike River to prisoners’ rights, the hirsute Christchurch KC is also known as something of a ‘disaster lawyer’ with his involvement in a range of the country’s worst, recent tragedies and disasters including representing victims in the collapse of the Christchurch CTV building during the 2011 earthquake, the …

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Deborah Chambers KC

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Divorce Diva Last Year – 34 Deborah Chambers KC has been a prominent barrister specialising in relationship property and trust law, achieving a number of trust-busting and other legal wins for clients. A high-charging lawyer in both court and at billing time, she has been a prominent member of the bar for some years she …

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David Bricklebank

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Last Year – 22 Being legal counsel for New Zealand’s largest bank, with over $180 billion in assets, David Bricklebank has some heady responsibilities, weighted down with a growing complexity of regulatory requirements to deal with. Not the least of which is the multi-billion dollar profit the big bank earns at a time when interest …

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Jack Hodder KC

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Commercial Silk Last Year – 19 Recently appearing on behalf of Timaru, Waimakariri and Whangarei District Councils to seek clarity over property rights affected by the government’s three waters’ proposals, Jack Hodder has been one of the busiest KCs or litigators anywhere. The Westlaw NZ database indicates that since 1980, Jack has been counsel in …

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Michael Heron KC

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Last Year – 8 Michael Heron continues to climb the Power List, a wide-ranging set of work focused principally upon his growing go to status for enquiries, reports and arbitration work. A former partner at Meredith Connell and Russell McVeath, the former solicitor general (2012-2016) has also spread his legal wings further following his resignation …

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