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Stacey Shortall

Stacey Shortall



  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Environmental

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Health and Safety
Stacey has over 20 years of experience successfully representing financial institutions, other corporate clients, public sector entities and directors and officers in significant litigation and regulatory matters. She has advised in complex disputes and investigations involving contractual breaches, the exercise of statutory powers, misleading statements and omissions, insurance cover, fraud, accounting improprieties, bid-rigging, money laundering, tax abnormalities, health and safety violations, fair trading concerns, construction issues, food safety and medical matters.

Stacey has substantial trial and appellate experience. She returned to the firm in 2010 after spending 11 years working for top litigation firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York (selected as the best litigation firm in the United States by The American Lawyer in 2006).

Stacey has been recognised by international legal research directories as a leading lawyer and was named in the Legal Media Group Rising Stars 2015 guide (an international publication that identifies “the brightest young talent”). She also was named in the NZ Lawyer 2015 Hot List.

Stacey co-authored the 2016 Thomson Reuters book Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand: Know the Law, which covers all the essential elements of the new health and safety Act, the legal framework and policy background, while also discussing relevant cases from New Zealand and Australia.

Under the “WHO DID YOU HELP TODAY” social movement she founded, Stacey has also developed Homework HELP Clubs around New Zealand (a weekly programme that partners businesses or organisations with low decile primary schools), the Mothers Project (a prison programme to help jailed mothers maintain meaningful connections with their children) and HelpTank (a skilled volunteering digital platform).

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the bar in US Supreme (2007) and New York State and US Federal (2000) and New Zealand (1996)


LLM, University of Alberta, 1996
LLB, Victoria University, 1995
BCA (Accounting), Victoria University, 1994
Public International Law Certificate, Hague Academy of International Law, 2000
Areas of Practice

Antitrust and Unfair Competition | Commercial Litigation | Corporate Litigation | Environmental | Government | Insolvency | Insurance | Litigation | Regulatory | Securities | White Collar Crime

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Winner - Blake Leader - Sir Peter Blake Leader Awards 2016
Kiwibank Local Hero recipient 2016
Winner - Lawyer of the Year - LawFuel 2015
Winner - Community and Not-for-Profit Award - Women of Influence Awards 2015
Lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific and Global and The Legal 500

Professional Associations

Trustee of the Whodidyouhelptoday Charitable Trust
Co-author of Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand: Know the Law


"Getting it right upfront", NZ Lawyer, Issue 145, 17 September 2010
"Carrots work better than a stick", National Business Review, 27 August 2010
"Better, not battered directors", National Business Review, 21 May 2010
“Breaking the Bond of Motherhood”, NZ Lawyer, Issue 61, 30 March 2007
“Aboriginal Self-Government: Unravelling the Myth”, University of Saskatchewan, 1996

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