2022 NZ Law Awards extends its thanks to the esteemed judges

36 experts and industry leaders lent their expertise to determine the best in the country's legal profession

2022 NZ Law Awards extends its thanks to the esteemed judges

NZ Lawyer would like to extend its thanks to the massive panel of judges who lent their knowledge and expertise to identify the winners of last week’s NZ Law Awards.

A total of 36 legal experts and industry leaders from both private practice and in-house took the time to evaluate the nominations across 25 categories celebrating the achievements of both firms and individuals within the legal profession.

Judge and Simpson Grierson chair Anne Callinan praised the quality of this year’s entries.

“I continue to be impressed by the high calibre of nominations, which makes our job as judges all the more difficult,” she said.

New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited GC Paris Bree said that she was “honoured” to be a judge.

“As the results rolled in on the night, it was a deeply gratifying and joyous experience, sharing in these special moments with the impressive winners and finalists, as they are recognised for their extraordinary contribution to our communities and the legal industry in NZ,” she shared.

“The awards a provide an impactful injection of energy and are a refreshing celebration of excellence through particularly trying times.”

The other judges on the panel are as follows:

  • Melissa Anastasiou – general counsel, Spark NZ
  • Katie Bhreatnach – general counsel and director, director of the College of Law
  • Sophie Braggins – CEO, Govett Quilliam
  • David Bricklebank – general counsel and company secretary, ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
  • Mike Brooker – general counsel and company secretary, Foodstuffs North Island Limited
  • Natalie Bryant – general counsel, Sharesies
  • Hayley Buckley – partner, Wynn Williams
  • Jon Calder – CEO, Tompkins Wake
  • Andrew Cordner – director of legal, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Courtney Dick – senior legal counsel, Nano Digital Home Loans
  • Pip England – CEP, Chapman Tripp
  • Sarah Gillies – GM - legal, monitoring and compliance, Electricity Authority (previously CoreLogic)
  • Michael Heron – King’s Counsel, Michael Heron QC
  • Malcolm Hurley – managing partner, Anthony Harper
  • Benjamin Jacobs – GM - legal, mergers and acquisitions, Xero New Zealand
  • Joanna Khoo – head of legal and regulatory and company secretary, Chubb Insurance New Zealand
  • Elena Kim – director, PwC Legal
  • Vicky Lee – senior corporate counsel, 2degrees
  • Quentin Lowcay – head of legal and commercial company secretary, Datacom
  • Louise Martin – head of legal, Auckland International Airport Limited
  • Sophie Meares – senior legal counsel, Christchurch City Council
  • Brent Norling – director, Norling Law
  • Hiramai Rogers – general counsel, Tuatahi First Fibre
  • Laura Scampion – managing partner - New Zealand, DLA Piper
  • Mark Sherry – managing partner, Harmans Lawyers
  • Garth Sinclair – partner, Webb Henderson
  • Nathanael Starrenburg – director, Harmos Horton Lusk
  • Henry Stokes – general counsel, Perpetual Guardian
  • Troy Swan – general counsel and company secretary, Winc Australia
  • Anna Thorburn – group general counsel, Oceania Healthcare Ltd
  • Tania Turfrey – legal team manager - corporate and registries team | Legal, Ethics and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
  • Jackie Waddams – general counsel and company secretary, AIA New Zealand
  • Trevor Wairepo – general counsel and company secretary, Kiwi Property
  • Blair Wiggins – head of wealth legal - ASB legal services, ASB Bank Limited

The NZ Law Awards team would like to thank the Resolution Institute, Lane Neave, James & Wells, Russell McVeagh and Robert Walters for supporting the recognition of excellence in the legal industry as awards sponsors. The team would also like to extend its appreciation to all the attendees and all others who supported the events.

Congratulations again to the 2022 NZ Law Awards winners! Check out the full list of awardees here.

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