88 Shortland Street
PO Box 1571
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Bankside Chambers is New Zealand’s preeminent collective of independent barristers, delivering superior expertise across diverse specialist areas.
Bankside Chambers, located in Auckland, is a leading set of independent barristers chambers delivering superior advocacy and advisory expertise in a wide range of specialist areas. These areas include civil and commercial litigation, public and administrative law, employment law, intellectual property, relationship property, environmental law, competition law and construction law. Expertise in dispute resolution covers domestic and international arbitration, mediation, expert determination and adjudication. Members of Chambers are frequently appointed as arbitrators by the World’s leading appointing bodies such as the ICC (Paris), LCIA (London) and SIAC (Singapore).
Bankside Chambers has an international outlook. Its Associate Members are based in Sydney and London. It has premises in the Maxwell Chambers Centre, Singapore as several of its members frequently sit as arbitrators in that jurisdiction or provide advice to clients based in Singapore. Other members of Chambers have rights of audience in overseas jurisdictions including the Cook Islands, Australia, and England. Thus the Barristers at Bankside Chambers advise and act in disputes both in New Zealand and Worldwide.
Members have a genuine breadth of advocacy and advisory experience as well as a client oriented approach. Fusing intellectual rigor with extensive experience Bankside Chambers is known to provide exceptional quality service and impressive results.
With seventeen Queen’s Counsel and distinguished former judges of the High Court of New Zealand, as well as numerous local and international members, make up the notable roll call at Bankside Chambers.
History of Chambers
Bankside Chambers was founded in around 1990 when a group of barristers took up tenancies at 9 Princes Street, Auckland. Over time other members joined and the entire sixth floor at 9 Princes Street was leased.
As the reputation of the Chambers grew, so did the desire of members to establish New Zealand’s leading chambers, resulting in the significant step of creating state-of-the-art new offices in Shortland Street in 2005. The new location generated the new name: Bankside Street intersects with Shortland Street where the new building is located. The street was known originally as Bank Street because it was home to one of Auckland’s early trading banks.
Chambers also has a distinguished record of public service. Five former members have been appointed as Justices of the High Court, one is presently a member of the Court of Appeal and a number of members have been appointed as Justices in jurisdictions overseas, including the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Dubai. Members also sit on a number of important tribunals and public bodies, both in New Zealand and overseas.
How we work
Bankside Chambers is neither a firm nor a partnership. Rather, members of Chambers practise separately and independently as barristers sole. Indeed, as in other jurisdictions, it is not uncommon for individual members of Chambers to be retained by opposing sides in the same dispute and to appear before other members sitting as arbitrators and mediators.
Confidentiality and independence is central to the services provided. Members share some common resources in Chambers, but each has their own self-contained office. Members also have their own computer systems, secure storage, email addresses and contact numbers ,which allow them to practice in confidence and with independence.
All members adhere strictly to their professional duties to treat communications as confidential and avoid conflicts of interest.
Instructing a member
Much of the work undertaken by members of Chambers is referred from solicitors’ firms. However, members also receive instructions from in-house counsel and overseas’ lawyers, and are regularly approached directly by clients.
Due to professional regulations, it is not always possible for a client to instruct a member directly. An instructing solicitor may be required to issue the instruction on behalf of the client. We can advise you on this and have an extensive network of referring solicitors if that is required.
Instructing a member of Chambers is a straight-forward process. All members receive and manage their own instructions, so please contact them directly using the details provided on their individual pages. Those pages also contain information about their professional background, experience and practice areas.