Director, Hansheng Law
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
She enjoys helping her clients, says law alumna Daisy Zhang who came to AUT from China and is now managing her own law firm in Auckland; Hansheng Law.
“I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the New Zealand High Court at the end of 2016, and after three years of practice, I had developed a solid client base and decided to start my own firm in April 2020. I’m now the director and trust supervisor of Hansheng Law, with practising areas in property development, commercial law, family law and employment law.
“My daily job is a combination of legal work, client service and trust account work. Seeing my clients’ happy faces when their problems have been solved are some of the most enjoyable moments for me.”
In addition to her role at Hansheng Law, Daisy is also frequently called on for her expertise on the Chinese legal system.
“Before moving to Auckland, I completed undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees in China. Because I’m holding practising certificates in both China and New Zealand, I’m frequently invited to provide an expert opinion on different laws or conduct legal research for both jurisdictions. I’m proud to have obtained legal qualifications in three jurisdictions; New Zealand, Australia and China.”
The support to succeed
She spent a wonderful four years at AUT, Daisy says.
“I look back on my time at AUT, and I feel very proud of being an alumna of AUT. I appreciated that the lecturers were experienced lawyers full of practical experience, and I enjoyed that we had a lecture and a workshop for each paper. That was so useful for me as we could discuss any issues with a subject in a small class. Throughout my time at university I also made many friends who are still my friends now.”
Moving from China to Auckland for her studies had some initial challenges, she admits.
“I wasn’t that confident in my first semester at AUT because I didn’t have any New Zealand study experience. I had no idea what the school life would be like, and was extremely worried about whether or not I would be able to pass the first-year exam.
“Fortunately, my lecturers were always willing to help and listen to me if I encountered any challenges. I felt encouraged and my confidence built. All the lecturers throughout my four years of study were knowledgeable, patient, accessible and willing to help students. I can say that without them I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I’ve achieved.”
Advice for other students
Daisy has some great advice for other students.
“If you want to be a lawyer, focus on your study in your first year as you first need to win the ticket to continue into the second year of your law degree. It’s worth using your first year at university to try hard and explore your potential. As long as you work hard enough you’ll be ok; AUT is not a university that focuses on you beating your peers.”
There’s plenty of support available if you need it, Daisy says.
“AUT offers students a wide range of support for anything from study to life. If you need any help, you just need to talk to your lecturers or the administration staff.”