Duncan Ballinger (left)

Duncan completed his LLB(Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degrees at the University of Canterbury in 2014.  He was awarded a University Prize in Law, and prizes for first in the law of torts and commercial law.  He spent six months studying law on an exchange programme at the University of Nottingham.

Duncan was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2015.  He previously worked as a judge's clerk at the Court of Appeal before joining chambers in 2017.  He has appeared in the District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal.  Duncan is particularly interested in public and administrative law, environmental and resource management law, and criminal law.


Molly McCarthy (seated centre)

Molly graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with an LLB and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and French) in 2015.  She was a recipient of the Sir John Marshall Scholarship for Political Science, and was an intern for a Member of Parliament in 2012 and 2014. In 2013, Molly was Co-Editor of Victoria University’s student magazine, Salient.

Molly was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2016.  Prior to joining chambers, Molly was a solicitor in Russell McVeagh’s litigation and public law teams. Molly is an Associate Editor of the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal – Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine, and a volunteer lawyer at Wellington’s Community Law Centre. She has appeared in the High Court, the District Court, and the Environment Court, and has a particular interest in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, public and administrative law, accident compensation, criminal law, and financial regulation.


Amanda Jane Brosnan (right)

Amanda Jane graduated from the University of Otago with an LLB (Hons) (First Class) in 2015. She won the University of Otago Law Faculty’s Junior Mooting competition in 2012 and the Witness Examination competition in 2014. Amanda Jane was admitted to the Bar in 2016. Her interests in the law are wide, but she has particular interests in public law, criminal law, military law and international humanitarian law.

Amanda Jane’s first career was as an officer in the Regular Force of the New Zealand Army. As well as deploying overseas, she served in a variety of command and staff appointments in communications and intelligence. In February 2014 she was the second woman appointed to command an Army Reserve infantry battalion.  In 2017 Amanda Jane was selected to lead the NZDF contingent for “Battle of Messines” 100th anniversary commemorative services in Belgium.

Amanda Jane has BA (Hons) degrees from Otago University in German and Economics, a MA (Hons) from Waikato University in Military History and Strategic Studies, and a MSc from Cranfield University (UK) in Military Operations Research. She is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has trust board experience.