The young superstars of the New Zealand legal industry revealed

This year's Rising Stars report highlights the under-36 lawyers already making waves in the market

The young superstars of the New Zealand legal industry revealed

The Rising Stars of New Zealand’s legal market for 2021 have been revealed by NZ Lawyer.

The list returns this year after its successful debut in 2020 with the aim to honour outstanding young lawyers aged 35 or under who have displayed leadership quality and recorded significant achievements within the industry early in their careers.

More than 80 submissions came in featuring specialists in a variety of practice areas, including employment and corporate law, with glowing recommendations made by their superiors and colleagues. Of these, 39 early-career talents led the pack with their initiative, adaptability and excellent service delivery in a year rife with unprecedented challenges.

These lawyers battled through COVID-19 restrictions to continue giving clients across various sectors top-quality advice and representation. In a time where training became a difficult prospect, some stepped up to educate themselves, while others made the effort to reach out and mentor their juniors. They also elected to go with the flow of the current climate, adapting quickly to remote work setups.

This year’s Rising Stars winners include McCaw Lewis executive director Renika Siciliano, iClaw Culliney Partners partner/director Aasha Foley, Norling Law associate Anna Cherkashina, Mainfreight in-house counsel Georgina Sanders, Webb Henderson senior associate Ashton Goatley, Rice Speir senior associate Tyler Bellingham and Wynn Williams partners Jenny Turner and Shane Campbell.

To know who the rest of the 2021 Rising Stars are, click here for the full report.    


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