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] Since Elizabeth II ascended the throne in February 1952, new appointees are called Queen's Counsel and living King's Counsel become Queen's Counsel.[6] Forty-three King's Counsel had been appointed before 1952.[7]

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.[8] The first King's Counsel to die was Thomas Joynt on 5 September 1907, less than three months after his appointment;[9] Joynt had been the senior member of the bar in the country.[8]

Of the 108 years since 1907 (as of 2015), there have been 40 years in which no appointments were made.[10] There have been 282 warrant holders so far.[11]

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

List of office holdersEdit

The following is a complete list of the office holders, based on the list maintained by the Crown Law Office[12] plus one person (Claude Weston) who, according to the Law Society, is missing on the official list.[10]

Name Portrait Year appointed Location
Frederick Baume   1907 Auckland
Francis Bell   1907 Wellington
Martin Chapman   1907 Wellington
John Findlay   1907 Wellington
John Hosking   1907 Dunedin
Thomas Joynt   1907 Christchurch
Charles Skerrett   1907 Wellington
Saul Solomon   1907 Dunedin
Walter Stringer   1907 Christchurch
Joseph Tole   1907 Auckland
John F. M. Fraser   1910 Dunedin
Thomas Cotter   1911 Auckland
Fred Earl   1912 Auckland
Alexander Gray   1912 Wellington
Charles Morison   1912 Wellington
John Reed   1912 Auckland
John Salmond   1912 Wellington
George Raymond   1913 Christchurch
Frederick Wilding   1913 Christchurch
William MacGregor   1915 Dunedin
Oliver Samuel   1919 New Plymouth
Michael Myers   1922 Wellington
Hubert Ostler   1925 Auckland[13]
Arthur Fair   1925 Wellington
Thomas Wilford   1929 Wellington
Alf Hanlon   1930 Dunedin
Harold Johnston   1930 Wellington
John Callan   1934 Dunedin
Alexander Johnstone   1934 Auckland
Claude Weston   1934 Wellington
Henry Cornish   1934 Wellington
Humphrey O'Leary   1935 Wellington
Philip Cooke   1936 Wellington
Wilfrid Sim   1939 Christchurch
Herbert Evans   1946 Wellington
Rex Mason   1946 Auckland
John O'Shea   1946 Wellington
Ossie Mazengarb   1947 Wellington
Alfred North   1947 Auckland
Alf Neill   1950 Dunedin
Howard Richmond   1952 Auckland
Leonard Leary   1952 Auckland
Alexander Turner   1952 Auckland
Clifton Webb   1954 Auckland
Vincent Meredith   1957 Auckland
Richard Wild   1957 Wellington
Reginald Hardie Boys   1958 Auckland
Lance Tompkins   1958 Hamilton
Nigel Wilson   1958 Auckland
Campbell Spratt   1961 Wellington
Ronald Davison   1963 Wellington
Robin Cooke   1964 Wellington
Charles Pierrepont Hutchinson   1964 Auckland
Edgar Stirling Bowie   1965 Christchurch
David Beattie   1965 Auckland
Muir Chilwell   1965 Auckland
John White   1966 Wellington
Peter Hillyer   1967 Auckland
Frank O'Flynn   1968 Wellington
Lloyd Brown   1968 Auckland
Graham Crossley   1970 Palmerston North
Laurie Southwick   1970 Auckland
Richard Christopher Savage   1970
Paul Temm   1971
Peter Mahon   1971
Maurice James O'Brien   1971
Ian Barker   1973
Martyn Finlay   1973
Robert Whaley Edgley   1973
William Stuart Shires   1973
Harold Stewart Lusk   1973
Edward Somers   1973
David Tompkins   1974
John Wallace   1974
Brinsley Donald Inglis   1976
Maxwell Helier Vautier   1976
Brian McClelland   1976
Robert Alexander Adams-Smith   1978
Rodney Gallen   1978
Thomas Eichelbaum   1978
Peter George Spenser Penlington   1978
Robert Phillip Smellie   1979
Colin Nicholson   1979
John Henry   1980
Daniel Paul Neazor   1981
Robert Alan Houston   1981
Anthony Hearn   1981
Richard John Craddock   1981
Ted Thomas   1981
Anthony Arthur Travers Ellis   1981
Simon Grant Lockhart   1982
John Edward Shepherd Allen   1983
Peter Salmon   1983 Auckland
Barrie Atkinson   1983
David Baragwanath   1983
Thomas Gault   1984
Andrew McGechan   1984
Anthony Molloy   1984
Ralph Edwin Wylie   1985
Colin Pidgeon   1985 Auckland
Graeme Roderick Joyce   1985
Robert Fisher   1985 Hamilton
Don Mathieson   1986
John Alexander Lemon Gibson   1986
Mike Bungay   1986
James Farmer   1986 Auckland
Noel Anderson   1986
Alan Lough Hassall   1987
Gerald Stewart Tuohy   1987
Peter Williams   1987
David Williams   1987
Alan Galbraith   1987 Auckland
John McGrath   1987
Peter Jenkin   1988 Wellington
Douglas White   1988
Sian Elias   1988
Colin Stuart Withnall   1988
Lowell Goddard   1988
Michael Henry Walkinton Lance   1988
Hugh Williams   1988
Walter Iles   1989
John Laurenson   1989 New Plymouth
Nigel Hampton   1989 Christchurch
George Patterson Barton   1990
Stephen Pendrill Charles   1990
Colin Robert Carruthers   1990
Les Atkins   1990 Palmerston North
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 Paterson   1993
John Wild   1993 Wellington
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
Chris McVeigh   1995
Gary James Judd   1995
Rodney 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 Auckland
Austin Forbes   1996
Nick Davidson   1996
John Billington   1996
Paul Davison   1996
Denese Rosemary Bates   1996
Howard Carisbrooke Keyte   1997
John Grayson Rowan   1997
David McCaw Wilson   1997
Lyn Stevens   1997
Terence Arnold   1997
Brendan William Francis Brown   1997
Helen Ann Cull   1997
Kevin Ryan   1998
Christopher Hodson   1998
Ian Ronald Millard   1998
Royden Somerville   1998
Robert John Katz   1998
Tony Hughes-Johnson   1998
Robert Andrew Dobson   1998
Ailsa Patricia Duffy   1998
Paul Heath   1998
Michael John Behrens   1999
Noel Wallace Ingram   1999
Rodger Phillip George Haines   1999
Kit Toogood   1999
Kristy McDonald   1999
Tom 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 Tanner   2002
Richard Spencer Clarke   2002
Peter 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 Dean   2004
Francis Cooke   2004
Tómas Kennedy-Grant   2005
Helen Mary Aikman   2005
David Paul Hearmon Jones   2005
John 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
Stephen Kós   2007
Christopher Thomas Gudsell   2007
Susan Wendy Hughes   2007
Nicholas Allen Till   2007
Deborah Chambers   2007
Campbell Alan McLachlan   2007
Karen Louise Clark   2007
Geoffrey Palmer   2008 Wellington
David Jonathan Heaney   2008
Murray Gilbert   2008
Jack Edward Hodder   2008
Marion Jan McCartney   2008
Simon Moore   2008 Auckland
Judith Christine Gordon   2008
Chris Finlayson   2012
Michael 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 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[14]   2016 Auckland
Aaron Perkins[14]   2016 Auckland
Kieran Raftery[14]   2016 Auckland
David Bigio[14]   2016 Auckland
Jane Anderson[14]   2016 Auckland
Marc Corlett[14]   2016 Auckland
Vanessa Bruton[14]   2016 Auckland
Richard Raymond   2016 Christchurch
John Prebble[14]   2016 Wellington
Kenneth Johnston[14]   2016 Wellington
Victoria Casey[14]   2016 Wellington
Una Jagose[14]   2016 Wellington
John Dixon[15]   2017 Auckland
Suzanne Robertson[15]   2017 Auckland
Rachael Reed[15]   2017 Auckland
Paul Borich[15]   2017 Auckland
Adam Ross[15]   2017 Auckland
Jenny Cooper[15]   2017 Auckland
Simon Mount[15]   2017 Auckland
Andrew Barker[15]   2017 Auckland
Greg Blanchard[15]   2017 Auckland
Campbell Walker[15]   2017 Auckland
Grant Brittain[15]   2017 Tauranga
James Every-Palmer[15]   2017 Wellington
Tony Angelo[15]   2017 Wellington
Vivienne Crawshaw[16]   2018 Auckland
Paul Dale[16]   2018 Auckland
Maria Dew[16]   2018 Auckland
Bob Hollyman[16]   2018 Auckland
Andru Isac[16]   2018 Wellington
Fiona Guy Kidd[16]   2018 Invercargill
James Rapley[16]   2018 Christchurch
Belinda Sellars[16]   2018 Auckland
Anne Stevens[16]   2018 Dunedin
James Wilding[16]   2018 Christchurch
Stephen Hunter[17]   2019 Auckland
Julie-Anne Kincade[17]   2019 Auckland
Simon Foote[17]   2019 Auckland
Janet McLean[17]   2019 Auckland
Nicolette Levy[17]   2019 Wellington
Karen Feint[17]   2019 Wellington
Leonard Andersen[17]   2019 Dunedin
Jonathan Temm[17]   2019 Rotorua
Lynda Kearns[18]   2021 Auckland
Stephen McCarthy[18]   2021 Auckland
Ron Mansfield[18]   2021 Auckland
Laura O'Gorman[18]   2021 Auckland
Fletcher Pilditch[18]   2021 Auckland
Davey Salmon[18]   2021 Auckland
Greg Arthur[18]   2021 Wellington
Michael Colson[18]   2021 Wellington
Victoria Heine[18]   2021 Wellington
Kerryn Beaton[18]   2021 Christchurch

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