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14 July 20222 minute read

Two DLA Piper partners named as Most Influential Lawyers (New Zealand)

DLA Piper partners, Laura Scampion and Emma Moran, have been named in NZ Lawyer's Most Influential Lawyers list, celebrating New Zealand's trailblazers within the legal industry.

The diverse collection of lawyers were chosen based on those who had the most impact on our lives, laws, business and government during the past 18 months.

Laura Scampion, DLA Piper’s Country Managing Partner, has been named a Changemaker for the second consecutive year. This award recognises Laura’s desire to progress diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and drive innovation in the legal profession. 

Laura holds a number of leadership and governance roles within DLA Piper. She is a member of the New Zealand Board, head of the employment practice, co-chair of the New Zealand Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and member of the Asia Pacific Diversity and Inclusion Council. Laura also leads DLA Piper’s Head Start initiative in New Zealand, a social mobility programme designed to break down barriers faced by underrepresented groups when entering the legal profession.

Emma Moran has been named a Young Influencer recognising young lawyers who have had an extraordinary impact on the profession or society. Emma leads DLA Piper’s national Public Law practice and Wellington Litigation & Regulatory Team.

Emma’s work for Make It 16, a youth led incorporated society established for the purpose of challenging the current voting age of 16 is a prime example of her dedication to pro bono work. Over the past 3 years, Emma has represented Make It 16 at all levels of New Zealand courts on novel legal proceedings seeking a declaration that the current voting age of 18 is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. Emma also plays an active role in the Head Start programme, alongside Laura.