Shortland Chambers believes in assisting young lawyers in their careers and to that end, it takes on junior barristers and sponsors their rental in chambers for a term. The chambers provide work to these juniors in the form of research and court appearances.

Julia Adams

Julia Adams graduated from the University of Auckland with an LLB (Hons) in 2014. She was a Senior Scholar and recipient of a Dean’s Academic Excellence Award. Before joining Shortland Chambers, Julia worked at the Auckland High Court as a judges’ clerk, during which time she was admitted to the bar. In a former life Julia completed a BA in politics, philosophy and history, and worked as a subeditor and journalist. Her areas of interest include company and securities law, criminal law and administrative law.

Thomas Cleary

Thomas is a graduate of the University of Otago, having completed his LLB (Hons)/BSc in 2011 and MBHL (Dist) in 2013. He was admitted to the bar in 2014. 

From January 2013 to January 2015, Thomas was a Judge's Clerk at the Auckland High Court and was the Clerk to the Rules Committee.  He joined Shortland Chambers as a junior barrister in February 2015.

Thomas is interested in all aspects of general and civil litigation, with a particular interest in defamation, relationship property, torts, intellectual property and electoral law.  He has published on the intersection between medical and tort law in the Journal of Law and Medicine, and co-authored annotations and commentary for LexisNexis on Part 4 (infringement) of the Patents Act 2013 with Clive Elliott QC.

Caitlin Hollings

Caitlin graduated from Auckland University as Senior Scholar in Law (Honours) and with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.  She ranked third in her cohort at law school and mooted internationally on behalf of the University at the Jessup Moot and the William C Vis Moot in International Commercial Arbitration.  Caitlin was a Judges’ Clerk at the Auckland High Court for two years. Caitlin currently tutors equity at the law school and maintains an ongoing interest in commercial equity. 

Stephen Laing

Stephen Laing graduated with LLB(Hons)/BA (English Literature) from the University of Otago in May 2014.

Prior to commencing work as a Junior Barrister to Shortland Chambers, Stephen worked as a Judges' Clerk at the Auckland High Court for two years. He is interested in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, with a particular interest in equity and trusts.

Andrew Peat

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Auckland having completed an LLB (Hons) / BCom in 2011.

Andrew was admitted as a solicitor in 2012 and practised at a leading commercial law firm before heading overseas to further his legal training.

While overseas Andrew completed an LLM at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated with First Class Honours, coming first in his class.  Andrew then gained valuable experience working in London before returning to New Zealand to commence work at Shortland Chambers.

Andrew’s interest in the law spans a broad spectrum including commercial, public and criminal law.

Gretta Schumacher

Gretta is a graduate of the University of Auckland, having completed a BA/LLB (Hons). She graduated second in her cohort, receiving a Senior Scholar award in both Law and Arts and received the F A de la Mare Memorial Prize for best academic record in the Part III law programme.

Gretta represented New Zealand at the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Competition as well as the Red Cross Asia-Pacific International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition. Gretta was admitted in June 2015.

Prior to joining Chambers as a junior barrister, Gretta was a Judges' Clerk at the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. Gretta has a particular interest in public and private international law, as well as company and securities law, commercial equity, and administrative law.