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

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

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 Findlay1907
Thomas Joynt1907
Martin Chapman1907
Joseph Tole1907
Francis Bell1907
John Hosking1907
Saul Solomon1907
Thomas Walter Stringer1907
Charles Skerrett1907
Frederick Baume1907
John Fraser Macqueen Fraser1910
Thomas Cotter1911
John Salmond1912
Frederick Earl1912
Alexander Gray1912
Charles Bruce Morison1912
John Ranken Reed1912
Frederick Wilding1913
Samuel George Raymond1913
William Cunningham MacGregor1915
Oliver Samuel1919
Michael Myers1922
Henry Hubert Ostler1925
Arthur Fair1925
Thomas Wilford1929
Harold Featherston Johnston1930
Alfred Charles Hanlon1930
Alexander Howat Johnstone1934
John Callan1934
Henry Havelock Cornish1934
Claude Weston1934
Humphrey O'Leary1936
Philip Brunskill Cooke1936
Wilfrid Joseph Sim1939
Herbert Edgar Evans1946
Rex Mason1946
John O'Shea1946
Ossie Mazengarb1947
Alfred Kingsley North1947
Alfred George Neill1950
Howard Parris Richmond1952
Leonard Poulter Leary1952
Alexander Kingcome Turner1952
Clifton Webb1954
Vincent Robert Sissons Meredith1957
Richard Wild1957
Reginald Hardie Boys1958
Arthur Lance Tompkins1958
John Nigel Wilson1958
Frederick Campbell Spratt1961
Ronald Davison1963
Robin Cooke1964
Charles Pierrepont Hutchinson1964
Edgar Stirling Bowie1965
David Stuart Beattie1965
Muir Fitzherbert Chilwell1965
John Charles White1966
Peter Gordon Hillyer1967
Frank O'Flynn1968
Lloyd William Brown1968
Graham Crossley1970
Laurence Henry Southwick1970
Richard Christopher Savage1970
Paul Basil Temm1971
Peter Mahon1971
Maurice James O'Brien1971
Richard Ian Barker1973
Martyn Finlay1973
Robert Whaley Edgley1973
William Stuart Shires1973
Harold Stewart Lusk1973
Edward Somers1973
David Lance Tompkins1974
John Wallace1974
Brinsley Donald Inglis1976
Maxwell Helier Vautier1976
Brian McClelland1976
Robert Alexander Adams-Smith1978
Rodney Gerald Gallen1978
Thomas Eichelbaum1978
Peter George Spenser Penlington1978
Robert Phillip Smellie1979
Colin Maurice Nicholson1979
John Henry1980
Daniel Paul Neazor1981
Robert Alan Houston1981
Anthony Hearn1981
Richard John Craddock1981
Edmund Thomas1981
Anthony Arthur Travers Ellis1981
Simon Grant Lockhart1982
John Edward Shepherd Allen1983
Peter Maxwell Salmon1983
Christopher Barrie Atkinson1983
David Baragwanath1983
Thomas Gault1984
Robert Andrew McGechan1984
Anthony Molloy1984
Ralph Edwin Wylie1985
Colin Ross Pidgeon1985
Graeme Roderick Joyce1985
Robert Lloyd Fisher1985
Donald Lindsay Mathieson1986
John Alexander Lemon Gibson1986
Michael Anthony Bungay1986
James Alfred Farmer1986
Noel Anderson1986
Alan Lough Hassall1987
Gerald Stewart Tuohy1987
Peter Williams1987
David Arthur Rhodes Williams1987
Alan Raymand Galbraith1987
John Joseph McGrath1987
Peter John Harden Jenkin1988
Douglas John White1988
Sian Elias1988
Colin Stuart Withnall1988
Lowell Goddard1988
Michael Henry Walkinton Lance1988
Hugh Williams1988
Walter Iles1989
John Arthur Laurenson1989
Nigel Hampton1989
George Patterson Barton1990
Stephen Pendrill Charles1990
Colin Robert Carruthers1990
Leslie Herrick Atkins1990
John Gerard Fogarty1990
Paul Thomas Cavanagh1991
John Oswald Upton1991
Michael Robert Camp1991
Anthony Alan Lusk1991
Julian Grosvenor Miles1991
William Young1991
Robert Chambers1992
Raynor John Asher1992
Raymond Bruce Squire1992
Barry John Paterson1993
John Richard Wild1993
John Haigh1993
John Maurice Priestley1994
Rodney Eric Harrison1994
Graham Panckhurst1994
Rhys Harrison1994
John Francis Lyons1994
Frank Hortin Callaway1994
David Shavin1994
Kenneth Keith1994
Christopher Ardagh McVeigh1995
Gary James Judd1995
Rodney Harold Hansen1995
Heughan Bassett Rennie1995
Bradley Harle Giles1995
Michael Privett Reed1995
Judith Ablett-Kerr1995
Paul East1995
Charles Augustine Sweeney1995
Stuart Bruce Walton Grieve1996
Bill Wilson1996
Tony Randerson1996
Austin John Forbes1996
Nicholas Richard William Davidson1996
John Richard Billington1996
Paul Joseph Davison1996
Denese Rosemary Bates1996
Howard Carisbrooke Keyte1997
John Grayson Rowan1997
David McCaw Wilson1997
Lynton Laurence Stevens1997
Terence Arnold1997
Brendan William Francis Brown1997
Helen Ann Cull1997
Kevin Ryan1998
Christopher John Hodson1998
Ian Ronald Millard1998
Royden John Somerville1998
Robert John Katz1998
Anthony Cuthbert Hughes-Johnson1998
Robert Andrew Dobson1998
Ailsa Patricia Duffy1998
Paul Robert Heath1998
Michael John Behrens1999
Noel Wallace Ingram1999
Rodger Phillip George Haines1999
Christopher Holden Toogood1999
Kristy Pearl McDonald1999
Thomas Crowley Weston1999
Peter Donald McKenzie2000
Viviene Heath Ullrich2000
David Brian Collins2000
Paul Gerard Mabey2000
David McGee2000
Bruce Stewart2000
Mark Leslie Smith Cooper2000
George Edwin Tanner2002
Richard Spencer Clarke2002
Peter Frederick Arthur Woodhouse2002
Andrew Hawksworth Brown2002
Donald Leslie Stevens2002
Robert Fortescue Fardell2002
Edwin David Wylie2002
Anne Elizabeth Hinton2002
Mary Therese Scholtens2002
Maureen Jeanette Southwick2003
Grant Maxwell Illingworth2003
Philip James Morgan2003
David John Goddard2003
Michael Grant Ring2004
Harry Waalkens2004
Miriam Rose Dean2004
Francis Morland Robin Cooke2004
Tómas Williamson Harper Kennedy-Grant2005
Helen Mary Aikman2005
David Paul Hearmon Jones2005
John Frederick Burrows2005
Brian Paul Keene2006
Bruce Dwight Gray2006
John Livingston Marshall2007
Bruce Andrew Corkill2007
Matthew Eugene Casey2007
Stephen John Mills2007
Robert Macrae Lithgow2007
John Stephen Kós2007
Christopher Thomas Gudsell2007
Susan Wendy Hughes2007
Nicholas Allen Till2007
Deborah Anne Tohill Hollings Chambers2007
Campbell Alan McLachlan2007
Karen Louise Clark2007
Geoffrey Palmer2008
David Jonathan Heaney2008
Murray Gilbert2008
Jack Edward Hodder2008
Marion Jan McCartney2008
Simon John Eisdell Moore2008
Judith Christine Gordon2008
Chris Finlayson2012
Michael Richard Heron2012
Philip Humphrey Brett Hall2013Christchurch
Terence George Stapleton2013Wellington
Richard James Buxton Fowler2013Wellington
Simon Robert Jefferson2013Auckland
Trevor John Shiels2013Dunedin
Paul Edmund Dacre2013Auckland
Russell Fairbrother2013Napier
Frances Mary Joychild2013Auckland
Nathan Stanley Gedye2013Auckland
Peter Bruce Churchman2013Wellington
Peter George Watts2013Auckland
Justin Bane MacRae Smith2013Wellington
Graham Kohler2013Auckland
Matthew Alexander Muir2013Auckland
Gillian Mary Coumbe2013Auckland
Leslie John Taylor2013Wellington
Kathryn Gail Davenport2013Auckland
Matthew Nicholas Dunning2013Auckland
Philip George Skelton2013Auckland
David John Chisholm2013Auckland
John Chester Pike2013Wellington
Christine Mary Meechan2013Auckland
Clive Lincoln Elliott2013Auckland
Jonathan Heyward McDouall Eaton2013Christchurch
Daniel Hugh McLellan2013Auckland
Neil Ross Campbell2013Auckland
Russell Bartlett2014Auckland
Stephen Bonnar2014Auckland
Paul David2014Auckland
Marie Dyhrberg2014Auckland
Antonia Fisher2014Auckland
Paul Rishworth2014Auckland
Paul Wicks2014Auckland
Prudence Steven2014Christchurch
Peter Whiteside2014Christchurch
Anita Chan2014Dunedin
David Laurenson2014Auckland
Matthew McClelland2014Wellington
Matthew Palmer2014Wellington
Paul Radich2014Wellington
Margaret Casey2015Auckland
Mark O'Brien2015Wellington
Richard Boast2015Wellington
Derek Nolan[12]2016Auckland
Aaron Perkins[12]2016Auckland
Kieran Raftery[12]2016Auckland
David Bigio[12]2016Auckland
Jane Anderson[12]2016Auckland
Marc Corlett[12]2016Auckland
Vanessa Bruton[12]2016Auckland
Richard Raymond2016Christchurch
John Prebble[12]2016Wellington
Kenneth Johnston[12]2016Wellington
Victoria Casey[12]2016Wellington
Una Jagose[12]2016Wellington
John Dixon[13]2017Auckland
Suzanne Robertson[13]2017Auckland
Rachael Reed[13]2017Auckland
Paul Borich[13]2017Auckland
Adam Ross[13]2017Auckland
Jennifer Cooper[13]2017Auckland
Simon Mount[13]2017Auckland
Andrew Barker[13]2017Auckland
Greg Blanchard[13]2017Auckland
Campbell Walker[13]2017Auckland
Grant Brittain[13]2017Tauranga
James Every-Palmer[13]2017Wellington
Tony Angelo[13]2017Wellington
Stephen Hunter[14]2019Auckland
Julie-Anne Kincade[14]2019Auckland
Simon Foote[14]2019Auckland
Janet McLean[14]2019Auckland
Nicolette Levy[14]2019Wellington
Karen Feint[14]2019Wellington
Leonard Andersen[14]2019Dunedin
Jonathan Temm[14]2019Rotorua

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