Chen Palmer Partners
Veronica is a barrister with approximately 20 years litigation experience in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining the bar, Veronica was a Partner for 5 years at DLA Piper New Zealand. Veronica was a member of the firm’s award-winning insurance litigation team for 10 years but was also worked on a wide range of general civil litigation (including, for example, participating in the first personal injury case against a tobacco company by a smoker to go to trial in New Zealand.)
Veronica’s civil litigation and advocacy experience is extensive and includes appearing as counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand and the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia. Veronica has also participated in many private mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
During her time as a Partner at DLA Piper, Veronica was seconded twice to assist DLA Piper insurance litigation teams elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region with large and complex civil litigation. In 2012 she assisted in Sydney with a case known in Australia as “the Aussie Bridgecorp”. In 2013 she assisted the Bangkok office with international arbitration and multi-million dollar reinsurance litigation arising out of the devastating Thailand floods of 2011.
Veronica’s early legal experience included working as a Judges Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand for two years plus a Law Clerk role working for the Solicitor-General in the Crown Law Office while completing her law degree.
Veronica completed her law degree and graduated from the University of Waikato with first class honours in 1997. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand later the same year. In 2012 Veronica was also admitted in New South Wales, Australia.
In addition to running her own practise, Veronica currently serves on a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee responsible for considering complaints about the conduct and competence of law practitioners in the Auckland region.
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