Defending the powerful and the weak - A case for supporting people and their causes Event as iCalendar

(Faculty of Law events, Lectures)

28 March 2017

12:15pm - 1:15am

Tuesday 28 March
Time 12.15-1.15pm
Venue Algie Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Building 801
RSVP Christina at
Bruce Gray QC

Bruce Gray QC, from Shortland Chambers, will present this student lunch-time lecture as part of Mai Chen's Top Practitioners Series for 2017.

When Bruce entered Law School, he had never met a lawyer. He did not know what a lawyer was – but he knew he wanted to be one. He knew he wished to make oral arguments to support people and their causes.

Over a nearly 40-year career, Bruce has appeared in all courts and across a wide range of cases. He has appeared for the powerful and the weak, for the well-off and the
under-resourced. Bruce practises in most fields of civil litigation. He is experienced in media law, in trust law, and in professional negligence. He has appeared in a number of interesting cases. He appeared for Coca Cola in a case against Pepsi about a soft drink bottle, in an Admiralty case arising from a grounding in Japan, and for prominent New Zealanders alleged to have defamed others.

During this session, Mai Chen will interview Bruce about his career journey, his advice on what makes a great lawyer, his learnings about how to best succeed in
law, and his expert insight into a wide range of areas of civil law.

Do you have a burning question to ask? Email it to by 27 March and it may be included on the day.