Appointment of Judge of the High Court

  • Hon David Parker

Auckland Barrister Tracey Walker has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. 

Justice Walker graduated with a BA and an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1988 and began her legal career at Simpson Grierson, in the same year. In December 1989, she travelled to the United Kingdom, joining the commercial litigation department of London firm Slaughter and May in 1990.  

In 1991 she obtained an LLM from the University of London, and returned to New Zealand to re-join the Auckland office of Simpson Grierson in 1992.  

Justice Walker joined the partnership of Simpson Grierson in 1997, spending 16 years as a litigation partner specialising in general dispute resolution and intellectual property, then a further three years as a consultant Special Counsel with a focus on media and intellectual property litigation. 

In January this year she joined the Auckland Bar, co‑founding Sangro Chambers. 

Justice Walker is the author of the text Reputation Matters: A Practical Legal Guide to Managing Reputation Risk. 

The new Judge will sit in Auckland.