Litigation, Rice Speir
“I love the variety of things I get to dabble in, and the feeling that the work I do has practical implications on real people. I especially like how fast-paced local government work is!“
What did you study and where?
I studied a conjoint Law and Arts degree. I double majored in History and Politics/International Relations, and I also did honours in Law.
What is your ethnicity?
I’m a Chinese (born in NZ).
Why did you decide to study law?
I’ve always had a knack for problem-solving and I hate getting bored, so I wanted a field which was going to challenge me. I also wanted to do something that would make use of my love for reading and learning new things, but would also leave as many pathways open as possible. Law seemed like a natural fit!
Where do you currently work and what kinds of work do you do?
I currently work at Rice Speir, a boutique litigation and local government firm in Auckland. I do a wide range of work – civil litigation, regulatory prosecutions, advising on resource management and building act matters, and criminal defence. Previously I worked on criminal prosecutions and even animal law matters!
What do you like about your work?
I love the variety of things I get to dabble in, and the feeling that the work I do has practical implications on real people. I especially like how fast-paced local government work is!
What do you like to do outside of work?
I’m kind of a homebody! I like to chill at home and play video games read, or listen to podcasts. If I’m feeling productive, I sew or sing and play the piano.
What advice would you give to those considering studies in law?
Law can be a really tough road to follow. Try to find ways of taking care of yourself and building up your own self-confidence – but don’t forget that people will be there to help you on your journey.
Advocacy & Policy Manager