Stella Chan

Founding Partner, Forest Harrison

Stella has been working in the legal area in New Zealand since 1989.  She first became a qualified legal executive after three years part-time study while working.  Following that she continued to study part time and completed her law degree at the University of Auckland and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor at the High Court in December 1999.  Stella speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese and specialises in working with Chinese migrants and clients with Asian background.  She has written articles in Chinese on legal matters.

Prior to co-founding law firm Forest Harrison in 2006, Stella has worked for a number of law firms in Auckland central.  Stella has experience in most areas of law including commercial and property transactions, trusts, immigration, civil litigation.

She has been a member of the Auckland District Law Society Property law committee for a number of years.

Stella is a member of the executive board of the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association and has served on the board for many years.  She was the president of the Association in 2012 and 2013.

Stella has also been active on the community side, Stella is the current chair of the board of trustees of CNSST Foundation, one of the largest charitable trusts in New Zealand serving Asian migrants.   The Trust is also a social housing service provider and has completed the building of a 36-unit apartment catered for Asian seniors in partnership with the Government.

In 2011, Stella was appointed a member of the Auckland Conservation Board by the then Minister of Conservation and served on the board until 2014.  Stella was also the co-founding trustee of the Chinese Conservation Education Trust established in 2002 with the support from the Department of Conservation and had been a chair of that trust.