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About the YLC

The YLC is a committee of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Law Society, acting as the voice of young lawyers on the Branch Council.


We provide opportunities for our fellow young lawyers to network and learn, through a range of social, wellness-focused, and educational events. We hope to enrich the experience of being a young lawyer in Wellington and to help foster a collegial and valuable network of practitioners for years to come.


This year the YLC hopes to have a particular focus on diversity and inclusion in the profession. 


Should you wish to know more about joining the committee, upcoming events, or any other information please get in touch. 

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Meet the Committee


Victoria Rea


Kia ora, I'm Vic.


I am a Senior Solicitor at Luke Cunningham Clere working in public/ government litigation for the Crown.


As Convenor I am really excited for what 2022 will bring. I am passionate about bringing together the Wellington New Lawyer community after a tough couple of years and putting on some great events! 


Phina Conroy

Deputy Convenor

My name is Phina and I am a newly admitted lawyer working at a law firm in Wellington. 


This year I will be continuing on in the role of deputy convener. I am really looking forward to what 2022 holds and hope we can create more opportunities to bring young and new professionals in Wellington together through the YLC.


Demi Tiller

General Member

Kia ora! Ko Demi tōku ingoa. I am a third-year solicitor working in central Wellington.


I have previously served as Convener of the YLC. I am excited to support the committee grow in new ways this year as a General Member. One of my goals for this year is to promote inclusion in the profession. I want to make sure that every young lawyer feels like they have a space in the legal profession. 

Meet The Team

Jon Doe

Jane Doe

James Doe


Espoir Ibouanga

Treasurer / Outreach

Kia ora! My name is Espoir. I am a lawyer working in Commercial, Property, and Immigration law, I’m based in Lower Hutt.  As the YLC Treasurer this year I'm excited to get to know Wellington's young lawyers and help the Committee to put on some great events!!! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and staying active.

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Amelia Wheeler

Communications/ Secretary

Kia ora koutou! Ko Amelia tōku ingoa. 


I am a second-year lawyer practicing in the private client area. I am really excited to be on the YLC this year, to promote the voice of and views of young lawyers in Welly. Can't wait to meet you all at the awesome events we've got planned for this year!


Tejal Panchal


Hi, I’m Tejal. 


I’m currently working as an in-house lawyer with a regulatory body after spending a few years working at general practice firms in Lower Hutt and Wellington. 


This is my second year on the YLC and I’m looking forward to helping organise events for Wellington young lawyers – whatever 2022 brings!


Hermione Kemp

Bridging the Gap Coordinator

Kia ora! My name is Hermione, and I am a recently admitted solicitor working at Dentons Kensington Swan in Wellington.


I’m super excited to be joining the YLC as a new member this year. I am looking forward to meeting other young lawyers and putting on some amazing events in 2022!

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Romy Wales

General Member

Kia ora!  I’m Romy, and I’m a newly admitted solicitor working at Chapman Tripp in Wellington.
This is my first year on the YLC and I can’t wait to get involved. I’m especially looking forward to meeting the young lawyers of Wellington and helping to promote a sense of community and support in our profession. 


Avikesh Chandra

General Member

Hello, my name is Avi.  I'm a third-year solicitor at Buddle Findlay in Wellington, in the Resource Management and Māori Law team.


I'm very much looking forward to being part of all the things YLC organise this year. 

Looking forward to meeting you all at our various events to regale you with my tales of woe.  

Outside of work I tend not to have interest – giving me more time to focus on work.


Sally Togher

General Member

Hi! I'm Sally. I am in my third year of practice and am currently a Corporate Solicitor at Inland Revenue.


I joined the YLC in 2021 and I’m excited to see what we can do for young lawyers in 2022! 


Lauren Yates

General Member

Kia ora, I’m Lauren, and I’m a newly admitted lawyer working in a small Newtown firm.

I’m really excited to join YLC as a general member and help bring young lawyers in Wellington together for some fun events.

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