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Stout Street Chambers

Dispute Resolution

5 ranked barristersBand 2New ZealandGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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Home to some 20 barristers, Stout Street Chambers is the largest chambers in Wellington, bringing together advocates with expertise covering an exhaustive range of civil, commercial and public law issues, including noted specialists in construction, energy, insolvency, regulatory and tax matters. Principally focused upon court or tribunal-based litigation, set members also act on advisory matters and are, in several instances, able to act in arbitrations or mediations. Chambers manager Michelle Potter is a key contact.

Justin Smith QC is a "very good senior silk" of some 40 years' experience across the commercial scene, his recent work having included noteworthy briefs in the construction, directors' duties and trust litigation spheres. An interviewee who rates him as "a very capable, experienced litigator," puts him "head and shoulders above the rest" when it comes to "expressing information in a clear and concise way."

Les Taylor QC has litigated matters in courts at all levels for over 30 years, maintaining a varied practice within which construction, energy, employment and environmental issues feature particularly prominently. He is characterised by one interviewee as "a hard worker, a heavyweight insurance litigator and a superb cross-examiner."

Mary Scholtens QC operates principally in the commercial public law space and offers particularly extensive experience of handling contract, tort and equity-related cases, matters being pursued by the Competition Commission or Inland Revenue and judicial reviews at both local and national government levels. She is described by one source as "a highly regarded senior barrister who delivers exceptional service."

Mike Colson QC is identified as a prominent barrister at the independent Bar whose quality is indicated by the "significant amount of good work he attracts from law firms with significant commercial clients and funders." His wide-ranging practice incorporates particularly significant expertise and experience where insolvency-related issues or those arising from the energy or property sectors are concerned.

Mike Lennard is particularly well qualified to advise and advocate on taxation-related issues, his career including not only extensive experience in private practice but also an eight-year stint as the Inland Revenue's director of litigation. Active across the full spectrum of contentious tax work, he is particularly well known for his representation of taxpayers charged with serious tax evasion offences.

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Silks (QC)

New Zealand

Dispute Resolution: The Bar


Justin Smith QC
Band 2
Les Taylor QC
Band 3
Mary Scholtens QC
Band 3
Mike Colson QC
New Silks

Juniors

New Zealand

Tax: The Bar


Mike Lennard
Band 2