Five minutes with... Olivia Wensley

by Hannah Norton22 Jun 2015
What made you decide to become a lawyer?
Reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

What’s the strangest case you’ve ever worked on/been involved with?
Working in Civil and Criminal Litigation we get strange cases all the time. Unfortunately, due to client confidentiality, I can't tell you my interesting work stories!

If you could invite three people for dinner, dead or alive and excluding family and friends, who would they be and why?
Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Where’s the best place to go for a drink and/or dinner after work in Queenstown?
We're spoiled for choice in Queenstown. The best place for cocktails is Barmuda or the Bunker. My favourite place for dinner is Jervois Steakhouse. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given (work or personal)?
Under-promise and over-deliver.

Do you have any hobbies/interests outside of work?
Living in Queenstown – skiing of course! I enjoy painting and photography, and i'm partial to a game of golf.

Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be…
an Architect.

What do you think will be single biggest issue facing the legal space in New Zealand in 2015?
An over-supply of law graduates unable to find employment in the law.

If you had John Key’s job for one day, what would you do?
I'd play golf.

What do you love about your job?

What would you change about your job right now if you could?
I'd introduce official "powder days" when the skiing's great.