Monique van Alphen Fyfe
Monique has a BArch(Hons) and practised as a registered architect at Athfield Architects prior to diverting her career to law. She graduated with an LLB(Hons) in 2016 from Victoria University of Wellington, and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2017. Prior to joining chambers, she was a judges’ clerk at the High Court of New Zealand / Te Kōti Matua o Aotearoa, and Assistant Crown Counsel in the Constitutional and Human Rights team at the Crown Law Office / Te Tari Ture o te Karauna. She has appeared in the Waitangi Tribunal, the District Court and all levels of the superior courts.
Monique is currently an adjunct lecturer in property law at Victoria University. Previously, she has been Editor-in-Chief of the Victoria University Law Review, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal – Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine, and a member of the NZLS Wellington Branch Council. Her publications include articles on Māori land law, legal history and international law, and a chapter in International Law: A New Zealand Perspective co-authored with Dr Guy Fiti Sinclair. She continues to develop her interests in public, property and international law, environmental and indigenous legal issues, and legal history.
Eve graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2017 with an LLB(Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (French and International Relations). She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2018. Prior to joining chambers in August 2020, Eve worked for two and half years as a solicitor at Bell Gully in the public law team, where she advised a number of government agencies, including in relation to their procurement processes and the development of regulations. She also worked with the Bell Gully corporate department, providing regulatory input for their transactional work. Eve completed a secondment to PHARMAC in 2019.
Eve has a particular interest in public law and international law, but has an interest in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, as well as criminal law.
In 2020 Eve coached the Victoria University of Wellington Vis Moot team. Eve has published articles in the Oxford International Organizations Database, the New Zealand Journal of International and Public Law and the Yearbook of International Investment Law and Policy. She has also written a chapter (co-authored with Dr Fiti Sinclair) for the forthcoming text International Law in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kate graduated from the University of Auckland in 2018 with an LLB(Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (History). She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2018. Prior to joining chambers in March 2021, Kate spent three years as a solicitor and Crown prosecutor at Meredith Connell, where she acted in regulatory and civil proceedings for various government agencies. As a Crown prosecutor, Kate conducted jury trials on behalf of the Crown as both sole and junior counsel and acted for the Police in appeals to the High Court.
Kate has an interest in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, public and administrative law, and criminal law. She was formerly a graduate teaching assistant in Public Law at the University of Auckland, and in 2019, she co-authored an article on the Sexual Violence Pilot Court, which was published in the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal – Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine.
Nick graduated from the University of Otago at the beginning of 2019 with an LLB(Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (History), and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor later that year. Prior to joining chambers in June 2021, Nick practiced for two and a half years as a solicitor at Simpson Grierson, working in the commercial litigation team. In this role he advised and acted for a wide range of clients, from public authorities and large corporates to small businesses and individuals, on a variety commercial disputes resolution issues and proceedings – particularly in construction, property, and insurance law.
Nick has a broad interest in civil and commercial litigation, and is particularly interested in public and administrative law, tort law, and equity and trusts. He is currently a member of the NZLS Wellington Branch Council, a volunteer rōia with Community Law, and was formerly a first-year law tutor at the University of Otago. In 2020, he authored an article on the relationship between personal negligence and the corporate form that received first prize in the annual Society of Construction Law essay prize competition.
Owen graduated from the University of Otago in 2018 with LLB(Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and was awarded the Otago District Law Society prize for being one of the top two graduating students in his law degree. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2018. Prior to joining Chambers, Owen was a judges’ clerk at the Supreme Court of New Zealand and an Assistant Crown Counsel in the Public Law Group at the Crown Law Office. He has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal. While studying, he was a summer clerk at Chapman Tripp, a consulting intern at EY and a policy intern at the Ministry of Health.
Owen is interested in all aspects of public and commercial law and has a special interest in public health and disability law. He has worked on litigation in a broad range of practice areas including public works, immigration, insolvency, and tax. He also worked for three years as a teaching fellow at Victoria University of Wellington and was a founding member and member of the Executive of the Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union.