Take your quotas & shove them: ‘Sisters are doin’ it for themselves’

Women are moving up the ranks in the New Zealand law profession according to The LawFuel Power list.

The LawFuel Power List of the country?s most powerful lawyers has Attorney-General David Parker (who is also the Economic Development Minister and the Minister of Trade and Export Growth) at the head of the list, replacing last year?s top lister, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

David Parker is also the Associate Minister of Finance and holds significant sway in both the law generally and the law profession in particular. LawFuel publisher John Bowie admits that they have a rule not to include politicians or judges in the list, but says that they were unable to ignore “the powerful role” played by him and so decided to “include him as the most powerful figure in the profession.? 

The list, which is published for the third year, has achieved record readership each year and comprises those legal figures who have the most influence and/or power in the law and the profession.

The list itself is compiled by a panel of senior lawyers across the country with the ?power factors? being weighed carefully to establish their significance.

Former Attorney General Chris Finlayson QC enters the List at Number 8, equal with Commerce Commission Chief Executive Mark Berry.

Gisborne lawyer Tiana Epati

A growing number of women have also entered the List, including incoming Law Society president Tiana Epati and former LawFuel Lawyer of the Year, Minter Ellison?s Stacey Shortall.

In fact, 17 women made the list this year, with three in the top 10.

Among the top lawyers are Solicitor-General Una Jagose and incoming Justice Chief Andrew Kibblewhite, who makes his debut on the list.

There are also 12 Queen’s Counsel on the list, headed by David Goddard QC, who is currently studying overseas.

Also on the list are former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC and former Solicitor-General Michael Heron QC, as well as a number of powerful legal figures in government and business.  

Making his debut is litigation funding chief Phil Newland (above) along with one of his top lieutenants Jonathan Woodham.

The list also includes information about those leading barristers, solicitors and business-people who are significant legal and/or business figures, including emerging litigation stars, and has other interesting content.