Jessica Shaw Associate

Jessica joined Simpson Western in 2017, and works closely with Candice Murphy who heads our employment and relationship property teams.

Prior to joining Simpson Western, Jess worked at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in London. This involved defending the UK Government against alleged human rights breaches that occurred in immigration decisions, such as unlawful asylum refusal and unlawful detention. She worked closely with barristers in various courts and tribunals, including the English Court of Appeal.

Before moving to London, Jess worked as a lawyer in a provincial New Zealand firm undertaking all aspects of family, criminal and employment law. She is a University of Otago graduate and was admitted to the Bar in July 2010.

Outside of work Jess enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and all things food and travel.


“I love working in a team of down to earth people who are all focused on achieving the best results for their clients in the most pragmatic and effective way. There’s a real ‘no-nonsense’ vibe at Simpson Western and I think clients appreciate that.”


Jessica's areas of expertise

  • Separation and relationship property advice
  • Contracting out agreements
  • Negotiating relationship property settlement agreements and associated parenting arrangements
  • Spousal maintenance claims
  • Proceedings under the Property (Relationships) Act and Family Proceedings Act
  • Applications under the PPPR Act, including applications for property manager and welfare guardian
  • High Court proceedings concerning incapacitated trustees and vesting order applications
  • Family Protection Act claims


LLB, University of Otago 2010


Professional Memberships

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 

New Zealand Law Society