List of King's and Queen's Counsel in New Zealand

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The office of King's Counsel was established in New Zealand in 1907.[1] During the reign of a male sovereign, appointees are called King's Counsel, and this applied from 1907 to 1952 during the reign of Edward VII (1907–1910),[2] George V (1910–1936),[3] Edward VIII (1936),[4] and George VI (1936–1952).[5] During the reign of a female sovereign, appointees are called Queen's Counsel; this applies to appointments made since Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952. Forty-three King's Counsel had been appointed before 1952.[6]

Appointments in New Zealand can be made annually by the Governor-General acting on behalf of the sovereign. Recommendations are made by the Attorney-General with concurrence by the Chief Justice.[1] When the first ten appointments were made in June 1907 by Chief Justice Robert Stout, two were from Auckland, four were from Wellington, two were from Christchurch, and two were from Dunedin.[7] The first King's Counsel to die was Thomas Joynt on 5 September 1907, less than three months after his appointment;[8] Joynt had been the senior member of the bar in the country.[7]

Of the 108 years since 1907 (as of 2015), there have been 40 years in which no appointments were made.[9] There have been 282 warrant holders so far.[10]

The first female Queen's Counsels were appointed in 1988 with the appointment of Sian Elias and Lowell Goddard.

List of office holders[edit]

The following is a complete list of the office holders, based on the list maintained by the Crown Law Office[11] plus one person (Claude Weston) who, according to the Law Society, is missing on the official list.[9]

Sortable table
Name Year appointed Location
John George Findlay 1907
Thomas Joynt 1907
Martin Chapman 1907
Joseph Tole 1907
Francis Bell 1907
John Hosking 1907
Saul Solomon 1907
Thomas Walter Stringer 1907
Charles Skerrett 1907
Frederick Baume 1907
John Fraser Macqueen Fraser 1910
Thomas Cotter 1911
John Salmond 1912
Frederick Earl 1912
Alexander Gray 1912
Charles Bruce Morison 1912
John Ranken Reed 1912
Frederick Wilding 1913
Samuel George Raymond 1913
William Cunningham MacGregor 1915
Oliver Samuel 1919
Michael Myers 1922
Henry Hubert Ostler 1925
Arthur Fair 1925
Thomas Wilford 1929
Harold Featherston Johnston 1930
Alfred Charles Hanlon 1930
Alexander Howat Johnstone 1934
John Callan 1934
Henry Havelock Cornish 1934
Claude Weston 1934
Humphrey O'Leary 1936
Philip Brunskill Cooke 1936
Wilfrid Joseph Sim 1939
Herbert Edgar Evans 1946
Rex Mason 1946
John O'Shea 1946
Ossie Mazengarb 1947
Alfred Kingsley North 1947
Alfred George Neill 1950
Howard Parris Richmond 1952
Leonard Poulter Leary 1952
Alexander Kingcome Turner 1952
Clifton Webb 1954
Vincent Robert Sissons Meredith 1957
Richard Wild 1957
Reginald Hardie Boys 1958
Arthur Lance Tompkins 1958
John Nigel Wilson 1958
Frederick Campbell Spratt 1961
Ronald Davison 1963
Robin Cooke 1964
Charles Pierrepont Hutchinson 1964
Edgar Stirling Bowie 1965
David Stuart Beattie 1965
Muir Fitzherbert Chilwell 1965
John Charles White 1966
Peter Gordon Hillyer 1967
Frank O'Flynn 1968
Lloyd William Brown 1968
Graham Crossley 1970
Laurence Henry Southwick 1970
Richard Christopher Savage 1970
Paul Basil Temm 1971
Peter Mahon 1971
Maurice James O'Brien 1971
Richard Ian Barker 1973
Martyn Finlay 1973
Robert Whaley Edgley 1973
William Stuart Shires 1973
Harold Stewart Lusk 1973
Edward Somers 1973
David Lance Tompkins 1974
John Wallace 1974
Brinsley Donald Inglis 1976
Maxwell Helier Vautier 1976
Brian McClelland 1976
Robert Alexander Adams-Smith 1978
Rodney Gerald Gallen 1978
Thomas Eichelbaum 1978
Peter George Spenser Penlington 1978
Robert Phillip Smellie 1979
Colin Maurice Nicholson 1979
John Henry 1980
Daniel Paul Neazor 1981
Robert Alan Houston 1981
Anthony Hearn 1981
Richard John Craddock 1981
Edmund Thomas 1981
Anthony Arthur Travers Ellis 1981
Simon Grant Lockhart 1982
John Edward Shepherd Allen 1983
Peter Maxwell Salmon 1983
Christopher Barrie Atkinson 1983
David Baragwanath 1983
Thomas Gault 1984
Robert Andrew McGechan 1984
Anthony Molloy 1984
Ralph Edwin Wylie 1985
Colin Ross Pidgeon 1985
Graeme Roderick Joyce 1985
Robert Lloyd Fisher 1985
Donald Lindsay Mathieson 1986
John Alexander Lemon Gibson 1986
Michael Anthony Bungay 1986
James Alfred Farmer 1986
Noel Anderson 1986
Alan Lough Hassall 1987
Gerald Stewart Tuohy 1987
Peter Williams 1987
David Arthur Rhodes Williams 1987
Alan Raymand Galbraith 1987
John Joseph McGrath 1987
Peter John Harden Jenkin 1988
Douglas John White 1988
Sian Elias 1988
Colin Stuart Withnall 1988
Lowell Goddard 1988
Michael Henry Walkinton Lance 1988
Hugh Williams 1988
Walter Iles 1989
John Arthur Laurenson 1989
Nigel Hampton 1989
George Patterson Barton 1990
Stephen Pendrill Charles 1990
Colin Robert Carruthers 1990
Leslie Herrick Atkins 1990
John Gerard Fogarty 1990
Paul Thomas Cavanagh 1991
John Oswald Upton 1991
Michael Robert Camp 1991
Anthony Alan Lusk 1991
Julian Grosvenor Miles 1991
William Young 1991
Robert Chambers 1992
Raynor John Asher 1992
Raymond Bruce Squire 1992
Barry John Paterson 1993
John Richard Wild 1993
John Haigh 1993
John Maurice Priestley 1994
Rodney Eric Harrison 1994
Graham Panckhurst 1994
Rhys Harrison 1994
John Francis Lyons 1994
Frank Hortin Callaway 1994
David Shavin 1994
Kenneth Keith 1994
Christopher Ardagh McVeigh 1995
Gary James Judd 1995
Rodney Harold Hansen 1995
Heughan Bassett Rennie 1995
Bradley Harle Giles 1995
Michael Privett Reed 1995
Judith Ablett-Kerr 1995
Paul East 1995
Charles Augustine Sweeney 1995
Stuart Bruce Walton Grieve 1996
Bill Wilson 1996
Tony Randerson 1996
Austin John Forbes 1996
Nicholas Richard William Davidson 1996
John Richard Billington 1996
Paul Joseph Davison 1996
Denese Rosemary Bates 1996
Howard Carisbrooke Keyte 1997
John Grayson Rowan 1997
David McCaw Wilson 1997
Lynton Laurence Stevens 1997
Terence Arnold 1997
Brendan William Francis Brown 1997
Helen Ann Cull 1997
Kevin Ryan 1998
Christopher John Hodson 1998
Ian Ronald Millard 1998
Royden John Somerville 1998
Robert John Katz 1998
Anthony Cuthbert Hughes-Johnson 1998
Robert Andrew Dobson 1998
Ailsa Patricia Duffy 1998
Paul Robert Heath 1998
Michael John Behrens 1999
Noel Wallace Ingram 1999
Rodger Phillip George Haines 1999
Christopher Holden Toogood 1999
Kristy Pearl McDonald 1999
Thomas Crowley Weston 1999
Peter Donald McKenzie 2000
Viviene Heath Ullrich 2000
David Brian Collins 2000
Paul Gerard Mabey 2000
David McGee 2000
Bruce Stewart 2000
Mark Leslie Smith Cooper 2000
George Edwin Tanner 2002
Richard Spencer Clarke 2002
Peter Frederick Arthur Woodhouse 2002
Andrew Hawksworth Brown 2002
Donald Leslie Stevens 2002
Robert Fortescue Fardell 2002
Edwin David Wylie 2002
Anne Elizabeth Hinton 2002
Mary Therese Scholtens 2002
Maureen Jeanette Southwick 2003
Grant Maxwell Illingworth 2003
Philip James Morgan 2003
David John Goddard 2003
Michael Grant Ring 2004
Harry Waalkens 2004
Miriam Rose Dean 2004
Francis Morland Robin Cooke 2004
Tómas Williamson Harper Kennedy-Grant 2005
Helen Mary Aikman 2005
David Paul Hearmon Jones 2005
John Frederick Burrows 2005
Brian Paul Keene 2006
Bruce Dwight Gray 2006
John Livingston Marshall 2007
Bruce Andrew Corkill 2007
Matthew Eugene Casey 2007
Stephen John Mills 2007
Robert Macrae Lithgow 2007
John Stephen Kós 2007
Christopher Thomas Gudsell 2007
Susan Wendy Hughes 2007
Nicholas Allen Till 2007
Deborah Anne Tohill Hollings Chambers 2007
Campbell Alan McLachlan 2007
Karen Louise Clark 2007
Geoffrey Palmer 2008
David Jonathan Heaney 2008
Murray Gilbert 2008
Jack Edward Hodder 2008
Marion Jan McCartney 2008
Simon John Eisdell Moore 2008
Judith Christine Gordon 2008
Chris Finlayson 2012
Michael Richard Heron 2012
Philip Humphrey Brett Hall 2013 Christchurch
Terence George Stapleton 2013 Wellington
Richard James Buxton Fowler 2013 Wellington
Simon Robert Jefferson 2013 Auckland
Trevor John Shiels 2013 Dunedin
Paul Edmund Dacre 2013 Auckland
Russell Fairbrother 2013 Napier
Frances Mary Joychild 2013 Auckland
Nathan Stanley Gedye 2013 Auckland
Peter Bruce Churchman 2013 Wellington
Peter George Watts 2013 Auckland
Justin Bane MacRae Smith 2013 Wellington
Graham Kohler 2013 Auckland
Matthew Alexander Muir 2013 Auckland
Gillian Mary Coumbe 2013 Auckland
Leslie John Taylor 2013 Wellington
Kathryn Gail Davenport 2013 Auckland
Matthew Nicholas Dunning 2013 Auckland
Philip George Skelton 2013 Auckland
David John Chisholm 2013 Auckland
John Chester Pike 2013 Wellington
Christine Mary Meechan 2013 Auckland
Clive Lincoln Elliott 2013 Auckland
Jonathan Heyward McDouall Eaton 2013 Christchurch
Daniel Hugh McLellan 2013 Auckland
Neil Ross Campbell 2013 Auckland
Russell Bartlett 2014 Auckland
Stephen Bonnar 2014 Auckland
Paul David 2014 Auckland
Marie Dyhrberg 2014 Auckland
Antonia Fisher 2014 Auckland
Paul Rishworth 2014 Auckland
Paul Wicks 2014 Auckland
Prudence Steven 2014 Christchurch
Peter Whiteside 2014 Christchurch
Anita Chan 2014 Dunedin
David Laurenson 2014 Auckland
Matthew McClelland 2014 Wellington
Matthew Palmer 2014 Wellington
Paul Radich 2014 Wellington
Margaret Casey 2015 Auckland
Mark O'Brien 2015 Wellington
Richard Boast 2015 Wellington
Derek Nolan[12] 2016 Auckland
Aaron Perkins[12] 2016 Auckland
Kieran Raftery[12] 2016 Auckland
David Bigio[12] 2016 Auckland
Jane Anderson[12] 2016 Auckland
Marc Corlett[12] 2016 Auckland
Vanessa Bruton[12] 2016 Auckland
Richard Raymond 2016 Christchurch
John Prebble[12] 2016 Wellington
Kenneth Johnston[12] 2016 Wellington
Victoria Casey[12] 2016 Wellington
Una Jagose[12] 2016 Wellington
John Dixon[13] 2017 Auckland
Suzanne Robertson[13] 2017 Auckland
Rachael Reed[13] 2017 Auckland
Paul Borich[13] 2017 Auckland
Adam Ross[13] 2017 Auckland
Jennifer Cooper[13] 2017 Auckland
Simon Mount[13] 2017 Auckland
Andrew Barker[13] 2017 Auckland
Greg Blanchard[13] 2017 Auckland
Campbell Walker[13] 2017 Auckland
Grant Brittain[13] 2017 Tauranga
James Every-Palmer[13] 2017 Wellington
Tony Angelo[13] 2017 Wellington
Stephen Hunter[14] 2019 Auckland
Julie-Anne Kincade[14] 2019 Auckland
Simon Foote[14] 2019 Auckland
Janet McLean[14] 2019 Auckland
Nicolette Levy[14] 2019 Wellington
Karen Feint[14] 2019 Wellington
Leonard Andersen[14] 2019 Dunedin
Jonathan Temm[14] 2019 Rotorua

References[edit]

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