Company: AJ Park
Job title: Senior Associate
Grace Thomas-Edmond, AJ Park’s ‘rising star’, is a great role model for young women in the legal profession. As senior associate in the commercial team, she pursues a wide-ranging practice across commercial and intellectual property (IP) matters, with a focus on the commercialisation of IP. She is highly regarded by both clients and colleagues alike and is known as a ‘safe pair of hands’ for providing practical advice to clients who are often engaged in dealing with complex licensing and contractual issues. Aside from her technical legal skills, she mentors AJ Park’s junior executives across all teams to provide guidance on developing business relationships and navigate firm life. Thomas-Edmond has had a range of highlights in the past year which include advising a national radio broadcaster on their music licensing arrangements; co-leading a mental wellness initiative within AJ Park; and providing pro-bono advice to a charity called Little Sprouts, which provides life-changing baby boxes to babies in need, and to Wāhine Connect, a charity that has set up national and professional networks for New Zealand women involved in medicine and health.