19 silks appointed for 2024

The final selections were made from a pool of 110 applicants

19 silks appointed for 2024

Nineteen have been named to the 2024 cohort of King’s Counsel.

Attorney-General Judith Collins highlighted the diversity of experience among the new KCs, which were selected from a pool of 110 applicants. Eighteen of the KCs are barristers, but one is a University of Canterbury professor.

“I am delighted to see lawyers appointed from such a broad range of practice areas, including general civil, commercial, defamation, media, human rights, criminal, and environmental and resource management”, Collins said.

The new KCs are as follows:

  • Wendy Aldred – public law, regulatory and commercial litigation
  • Katherine Anderson – public and human rights law
  • Sarah Armstrong – commercial
  • Douglas Ewen – civil/criminal, human rights law
  • Sally Gepp – resource management, public and administrative, environmental law
  • Daniel Kalderimis – commercial and public law disputes
  • Zane Kennedy – litigation
  • Alanya Limmer – Resource Management Act
  • Kelly Quinn – commercial/construction law
  • Philip Shamy – criminal defence
  • Todd Simmonds – criminal and regulatory litigation
  • Timothy Stephens – litigation
  • Christopher Stevenson – defence
  • Robert Stewart – civil and commercial litigation
  • Nura Taefi – civil litigation
  • Anne Toohey – public, civil, employment, criminal law
  • Samuel Wimsett – criminal, criminal proceeds, professional/sports disciplinary litigation
  • Garry Williams – intellectual property, media, entertainment litigation
  • Professor Philip Joseph – public and constitutional law

Joseph was granted the KC rank for his work as a legal scholar and for his contributions in the areas of public and constitutional law. Prior to turning his focus to the academe, he was a barrister as well.

Collins explained that the new silks are regarded as “leaders in setting and maintaining the standards of the profession”.

“In addition to their exceptional legal skills, these new silks demonstrate commitment to supporting and mentoring colleagues and increasing access to justice for all New Zealanders”, she said.

Last year, no KCs were appointed.

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