William Zhang (left) was admitted to the bar at a ceremony at the High Court in Gisborne on 7 July 2016.
Woodward Chrisp Partner Adam Simperingham (right) was moving counsel and Her Honour Justice Karen Clark (centre) presided.
William is originally from Shanghai, China where he graduated from East China University of of Law and Politics with a law degree.
After emigrating to New Zealand in 2011, he completed a law degree with honours from Waikato University.
William first came to Gisborne in early 2015 to complete a summer internship with the Police prosecution service. He completed a summer internship with Woodward Chrisp in summer 2016 and is now working as a full-time barrister and solicitor with the firm.
William's wife Lavinia is working as a management accountant for LeaderBrand in Gisborne. They have a four year old son, Kevin.