Chen Palmer senior associate elected as NZ Asian Lawyers deputy president

The litigation expert is expected to “bring an important and dynamic perspective”

Chen Palmer senior associate elected as NZ Asian Lawyers deputy president
Leo Huang

Chen Palmer senior associate Leo Huang has been elected as deputy president of New Zealand Asian Lawyers.

A litigation expert, Huang is expected to bring “an important and dynamic perspective to ensuring that Asian lawyers in New Zealand succeed and are experts for their clients and help others understand how to ensure equal access for justice to Asian parties in the courts,” the Superdiversity Institute said in a press release.

The co-head of Chen Palmer’s litigation and dispute resolution team, Huang’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, as well as dispute resolution. He works with Chinese clients, and is fluent in Mandarin.

With his appointment to New Zealand Asian Lawyers, Huang joins a group founded and led by Chen Palmer managing partner Mai Chen.

A subgroup of the New Zealand Asian Leaders organisation, New Zealand Asian Lawyers focuses on providing the country’s blossoming Asian legal community with collegiality, guidance and wisdom. The group’s membership consists of both senior and junior lawyers operating in private practice, the public sector and in the academe.

The group is also aiming to be “a repository of expertise on Asians in the law to assist all lawyers to successfully advise and deal in a culturally appropriate way with Asian clients,” according to its website.

New Zealand Asian Lawyers also aims to provide Asian residents in New Zealand with equal access to justice by working together with courts, the Ministry of Justice, law schools and providers of continuing legal education.

The group announced that it is soon teaming up with the Australian Asian Lawyers Association and Melbourne Law School’s Asian Law Centre to conduct a discussion on the Donglin Deng v Lu Zheng case being heard in the Supreme Court.

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