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It was November 2017 and NZLS CLE received the email it was hoping for, Lady Hale had accepted an invitation to come to New Zealand.

NZLS CLE is now proud to present the conference opportunity of a lifetime. “An Inspirational Career” Keynote Address – Lady Hale

A unique opportunity to hear from Lady Hale and an unprecedented line-up of speakers, all in one room, in one event.

Speakers will share their stories, and discuss the drivers and issues that shaped their lives and their careers.

Looking back, to help you move forward, offering their insights and best advice in a fast-paced challenging world.

This is a remarkable once-in-a lifetime event that will not be repeated and should not be missed.

From the Chair

We are in a time of profound change within the legal profession and we all need to be part of that change. It is in times like this that we need inspiration from those who go before us as well as those who walk beside us. I invite you to take the opportunity to stop and take time for yourself. Listen to the diverse stories of some wonderful women and gain inspiration for your own. See you in Auckland.

Chair: Kathryn Beck

Keynote Speaker - Lady Brenda Hale

President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE

“Women are Equal to Everything” – Lady Hale lives up to her motto

Lady Brenda Hale was appointed UK Supreme Court’s first female president in July 2017, taking up her role on 2 October.
Her elevation to President of the Supreme Court represented a resounding victory in the long campaign for gender equality among the UK’s senior judiciary. Her appointment was also the zenith of an extraordinary, successful legal career in which she has become one of the most forthright and liberalising influences on the court.

Since being sworn in as a Law Lord in 2004, Lady Hale, a self-declared feminist, has been the only woman on the UK’s highest court. It is a singularity she has regularly deplored.

Her ascent of the judicial ladder did not follow the conventional practice route. She spent 18 years as an academic. In the 1980s she was appointed to the Law Commission (the first woman and youngest person to be appointed), sat as a part-time judge and was made a QC. In 1994, Lady Hale was promoted to be a High Court Judge in the family division, an experience that provided a different perspective to that of many senior judges who traditionally came from commercial and chancery law. Her rise was rapid, she went up to the Court of Appeal in 1999 and the Law Lords in 2004, transferring across to the Supreme Court when it was established in 2009.

On appointment to the Lords, she created a coat of arms bearing the motto Omnia Feminae Aequissimae, meaning
“Women are Equal to Everything”.

Lady Hale’s speeches and writing reflect a consistently feminist and egalitarian approach. Her 1984 co-authored Women and the Law, concluded: “Deep-rooted problems of inequality persist and the law continues to reflect the economic, social and political dominance of men.”

Lady Hale is a prominent advocate of improving diversity on the bench. In 2015 she announced that the UK’s Supreme Court
should be “ashamed” if it did not radically improve its diversity in the next round of judicial appointments.

The question is whether her appointment will steer the court towards delivering a different type of justice. In a 2013 speech, Lady Hale remarked: “I too used to be sceptical about the argument that women judges were bound to make a difference, but I have come to agree with those great women judges who think that sometimes, on occasions, we may do so.”

[The Guardian July 21 2017 – Abridged Extract]


  • Hon Justice Glazebrook - Supreme Court
  • Hon Justice Winkelmann - Court of Appeal
  • Chief District Court Judge Doogue
  • Deputy Chief Māori Land Court Judge Fox
  • Una Jagose QC - Solicitor General
  • Miriam Dean CNZM QC
  • Mai Chen - Managing Partner, Chen Palmer Partners and Chair, Superdiversity Institute
  • Rebecca Kitteridge - Director-General NZSIS
  • Tiana Epati - Vice-President NZLS Central North Island

Learning objectives

In this conference:

  • You will learn strategies that can help you achieve your career goals.

Who should attend

All lawyers. [Please Note: numbers are strictly limited]

Live Web Stream

This intensive is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm 20 September.


There are no materials for this conference.


  • 8.50am - Sessions begin
  • 4.45pm - Sessions end followed by drinks and canapes

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 23 August 2018
  • $645 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • ​$705 - Non-members

Registration after 23 August 2018

  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Live Web Stream group pricing available email us for details.
Earlybird - by 23 August 2018
  • $625

Registration after 23 August 2018

  • $675

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
Download PDF brochure & registration form here.

Auckland 21 September
Live Web Stream 21 September

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.
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