December 17, 2021

Elite Women 2021 Special Report


CONTRIBUTING ONE’S talent and energy to the legal profession while paving an equitable path for future generations is not easy. However,
each of the 35 wi
nners on NZ Lawyer’s Elite Women list has proven she can rise to the challenge.

Recognising the legal profession’s women leaders in this special report is part of NZ Lawyer’s goal to create a platform to highlight the views and experiences of these accomplished women.

These awards celebrate the winners’ innovative thinking for their workplaces and communities. For instance, one initiative aims to rethink the balance between work and parental life.

Some of the Elite Women have formed firms taking a client-first and family-friendly approach – an idea that aims to be much more progressive than the traditional law office. All these awardees have consistently demonstrated leadership and challenged conventional beliefs and behaviours in their profession. Many standouts provide legal services to industries – such as construction, engineering, aviation, and finance – historically overrepresented by  men. The professional excellence of these women has propelled them to the top of their field, where they have taken leadership roles and contributed immeasurably to global institutions such as the International Court of Arbitration. Throughout 2021, these women have significantly influenced their profession and society.

Read the full report here.