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Bankside congratulates Kelly Quinn on receiving the rank of King's Counsel. Kelly is one of 18 barristers sole to have been appointed by Attorney-General Judith Collins, on Thursday 27 June 2024.

One of New Zealand's leading construction law specialists, Kelly's legal career spans 30 years. After working with the construction and energy team at Simpson Grierson and then some time as Crown Prosecutor, Kelly moved to Hong Kong where he practised for nine years, including five years with Linklaters. In 2007 he joined Bankside Chambers where he has practised commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on construction disputes.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Kelly has construction arbitration experience in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and China. He has been appointed as arbitrator on domestic and international disputes, and as an expert for the purposes of expert determination. In 2022 he was awarded the Sir Ronald Davison Prize for excellence in award writing in the AMINZ Fellowship examination.

The rank of King’s Counsel is awarded to barristers who have demonstrated excellence in their careers. Last year there was no appointment round. This year, there were 110 applicants from which 18 barristers sole were appointed to the rank of silk, and one academic. The full list of appointments is below. Congratulations to all!

Barristers sole: Wendy Aldred, Katherine Anderson, Sarah Armstrong, Douglas Ewen, Sally Gepp, Daniel Kalderimis, Zane Kennedy, Alanya Limmer, Kelly Quinn, Philip Shamy, Todd Simmonds, Timothy Stephens, Christopher Stevenson, Robert Stewart, Nura Taefi, Anne Toohey, Garry Williams and Samuel Wimsett.

Professor Philip Joseph from the University of Canterbury is the academic appointment, recognised for his distinguished career as a legal scholar and his significant contribution to public and constitutional law.

Read the Attorney-General's press release.