New Zealand's Most Powerful Lawyers Named: Justice Ministry Head Tops the List
Wellington (November 16, 2015)
Ministry of Justice CEO Andrew Bridgman (No. 1) takes the top spotout of 50 on LawFuel’s inaugural rankinig of New Zealand’s most powerful lawyers.
The “LawFuel Power List”
ranks 50 lawyers throughout the public and private sectors in New Zealand,ranking their influence and affect upon the
practice, administration and perception of law in the country.
Among the top 10 are retiring Solicitor General Michael Heron QC, while sitting in the number 2position is the Commerce Commission chief,Mark Berry.
The top ranking woman in the LawFuel power list is head of the Auckland Council’s legal division, Kathryn Anderson while high profile woman lawyer Mai Chen sits at Number 14 on the list.
In total the Power List has 15 women with Number 50 at the tail lend being the staunch opponent ofthe Trans Pacific
Partnership agreement and Auckland university academic Jane Kelsey.
The top ranking barrister is Auckland QC Alan Galbraith who is closely followed by Wellington QC and Supreme Court appellate lawyer David Goddard QC.
The growing importance of in-house legal teams is reflected in the increased number of lawyers working in both public
and private practice and frequently overseeing very large legal teams, such as the Inland Revenue Department’s chief
legal counsel, Martin Smith (No. 13).
The list has been compiled through extensive consultations by the legal news and law jobs site with inhouse counsel,
academics, barristers and senior lawyers throughout the country.
: LawFuel is one of the Net’s first law news sites, started in 2001 and providing law news for subscribers in the United
States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The site provides a Law Directory for clients as well as law
jobs in the New Zealand and Australian legal markets. The inaugural “Power List” of lawyers in New Zealand is to be the
first of several, innovative features from the burgeoning law news platform provided via LawFuel.