Poonam Maharaj - Wong (LLB) (NZ)
Poonam, the Commercial Partner at Neel Shivam Lawyers, obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and her post- graduate professional qualifications from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Hamilton, New Zealand. She was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in 2000 and to the High Court of Fiji in 2002.
Poonam began her career post-admission with O’Driscoll and Shivam Lawyers. Prior to this, during her law studies, she interred with various law firms locally and with the Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies (University of the South Pacific).
She has been with Neel Shivam Lawyers since its inception in 2003.
Poonam practises principally in commercial law and heads the Commercial arm of NSL.
Her areas of practise include inter alia corporate law advice, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, foreign investment, company re-structuring, commercial contracts negotiations and contracts drafting.
Poonam has previously served on the Executive Council of the Fiji Young Lawyers Association. She is a member of the Fiji Women Lawyers Association and currently serving as an Executive Council Member of the Fiji Law Society.
Poonam is the Fiji Law Society’s current Council representative member in the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA).
Having a keen interest for teaching (adult students!), Poonam co-taught the commercial component in the GDLP programme at the University of Fiji in 2017.
Being a foodie, in her spare time, Poonam may be found imposing her creations on her family and friends or discovering new places to eat at, locally!