By Nick Butcher District Court Judge Rob Ronayne will be remembered as a fair and empathetic man who tirelessly served the legal profession for over 40 years.Judge Ronayne died suddenly at his Auckland home on 7 January. He was 64 years old.In paying tribute to him, Chief District Court... More about Judge Robert Graeme (Rob) Ronayne, 1955 - 2020.
By Murray McKechnie Harry Edward died suddenly on 27 October 2019. Rotorua has lost one of its most respected and colourful criminal defence counsel.Harry was born in Rotorua on 14 September 1950. His family moved to Ashburton for a time before returning to Rotorua. Harry entered the law after... More about Harold Stewart (Harry) Edward, 1950 - 2019.
By Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Bruce was the son of a Northland naval man who had fought in the Battle of the River Plate. Born on 20 June 1943, he was the child of loving parents who brought their son up in the country with rules, discipline and a... More about (Raymond) Bruce Squire QC, 1943 - 2019.
By Peter Watts QC Emeritus Professor Brian Coote CBE FRSNZ died on 15 July 2019, aged 89.Professor Coote taught generations of law students at the University of Auckland between 1961 and his retirement at the end of 1994. He was himself a graduate of the Auckland College of the... More about Emeritus Professor Brian Coote CBE, FRSNZ, 1929 - 2019.
By Gerald Lascelles This eulogy was delivered at Bruce Stanley’s funeral at St Augustine's Anglican Church, Cashmere, Christchurch on 14 June 2019.Bruce died at twenty-five past three on Saturday afternoon, June 8th. He would have been 90 on the twenty-fifth of this month.If you listen - carefully, very carefully... More about Bruce Leslie Stanley, 1929 - 2019.
By Geoff Adlam Lawyer, law teacher, legal writer, law reformer and judge. Sir Grant Hammond’s career saw him excel in several directions in the justice system. His passion for the law and how it could be made more accessible and workable shone through in his judgments which resisted complexity... More about Hon Sir Robert Grant Hammond KNZM, 1944 - 2019.
By Geoff Adlam District Court Judge Sharon McAuslan died in Edinburgh, Scotland on 24 May 2019. Although she had retired in 2015, Judge McAuslan had been reappointed as an Acting District Court Judge from the beginning of 2019. She spent much of her judicial career presiding at one of... More about Judge Sharon Elizabeth Couper McAuslan QSO, 1945 - 2019.
By Nick Butcher Retired District Court Judge Robert Kerr who died on 18 May will be remembered as a man who was passionate about the law, to the point of being practically airtight prepared for any case or legal issue he encountered.Judge Kerr, who was known as Bob to... More about Judge Robert (Bob) Lindsay Kerr, 1939 - 2019.
By Nick Butcher Wellington-based barrister, Renée Riddell-Garner died on 18 May 2019. It was unexpected in that she was just 45 years old and was taken by a brain aneurysm.In these situations it is normal to be distracted by what she could have been as a lawyer if such... More about Renée Kate Emere Riddell-Garner, 1974 - 2019.
By Nick Butcher Mention the name Malcolm Black in New Zealand music circles and people might say "wasn’t he the guy in the Netherworld Dancing Toys?".Malcolm Black who was 58, died on 9 May. Back in the 1980s he was a Dunedin musician while studying law. Along with his... More about Malcolm James Prentice Black, 1961 - 2019.
By Geoff Adlam The first Chief Judge of the Employment Court, Tom Goddard was known for his strong advocacy of the principle of fairness in New Zealand’s employment law and for his defence of the role of the specialist court.“Tom is remembered by colleagues for his formidable intellect, his... More about Thomas George Goddard CNZM, 1937 - 2019.
By Nick Butcher The former High Court Judge Sir John Jeffries who died on 25 January 2019 lived a life less ordinary, and will be remembered as a law man driven and guided by his strong ethics.It’s hard to believe that he was written off academically at a young... More about Hon Sir John Francis Jeffries QSO, 1929 - 2019.
By Nick Butcher Coroner and former Gisborne lawyer Chris Devonport died on 23 January 2019 following an accident at his family home.Mr Devonport was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1976 following the completion of his LLB(Hons) at the University of Canterbury. He grew up in Christchurch and... More about Christopher John Devonport, 1954 - 2019.
By Michael Bott Wellington criminal lawyer John Tannahill - known affectionately as Rumpole, due to his walrus moustache which struck a resemblance to the British fictional barrister of the same name - died on Christmas Day 2018, at the age of 80.Admitted as a barrister and solicitor on 9... More about John Andrew Tannahill, 1938 - 2018.
By Kit Clews Maurice Knuckey died in Hamilton on 21 November 2018 aged 87.Maurice came to Hamilton in the early 1980s. Born in Hawke's Bay on 9 September 1931, he established himself (in Dunedin) after attending Otago University and practised there from the 1960s to the 1980s. He came... More about Maurice James Knuckey, 1931 - 2018.
By Craig Stephen The former acting Chief District Court Judge and head of the Police Complaints Authority, Neville Jaine, has been remembered as a man who, during a long and successful career was energetic, thoughtful and possessed a mischievous sense of humour.Mr Jaine died on 10 November 2018 in... More about Neville Clarke Jaine, 1939 - 2018.
By Geoff Adlam Retired Environment Court Judge Gordie Whiting died in Auckland on 6 November 2018 aged 76. In his career he was a highly respected member of the judiciary, and his expertise and knowledge meant that after retirement he was actively involved in a number of important environmental... More about Robert Gordon Whiting, 1942 - 2018.
By Geoff Adlam A leader of New Zealand’s judiciary and leader of the legal profession, Sir Thomas Eichelbaum was the last of three men who have held the roles of both Chief Justice and President of the New Zealand Law Society. He died on 31 October 2018 in Paraparaumu... More about Rt Hon Sir (Johann) Thomas Eichelbaum GBE PC QC, 1931 - 2018.
By Hugh Rennie QC and New Zealand Law Society Sir John McGrath who died on 19 October had a long career in the law, ultimately serving as a judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. His eulogy on 24 October was delivered by the Chief Justice, the Rt... More about Hon Sir John Joseph McGrath KNZM QC, 1945 - 2018.
By Simon Mount QC Sir Thomas was one of our most distinguished judges and students of the criminal justice system. He practised for many years as the Gisborne Crown Solicitor, spent 17 years on the High Court Bench, five years as a member of the Criminal Appeal Division of... More about Hon Sir Thomas Murray Thorp KNZM, 1925 - 2018.
By Chris Barton Jim Stevenson died in Auckland on 3 September 2018 aged 70. In a diverse and distinguished career, he combined service in the fields of law, government diplomacy, regulatory reform, civil service with an abiding love and support of artistic endeavour. During a significant period of change... More about James Richard Allan Stevenson, 1947 - 2018.
By Richard Pryce Sean Kelly died in Auckland from a totally unexpected health event on 26 August 2018 at the age of 62.He had established a very successful sole practice in Mount Eden which he had operated for 32 years. During that time he had established a very loyal... More about Sean Patrick Kelly, 1955 - 2018.
By Craig Stephen Wellington lawyer Justin Toebes has died following a long battle with motor neuron disease.In an obituary on its website, the Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand (RITANZ) says Mr Toebes was a Life Member and Fellow, who specialised in insolvency law, credit recoveries, re-structuring... More about Gerard Justin Toebes MNZM, 1954 - 2018.
Timaru lawyer Jane Walsh died on 13 August 2018 aged 37, following an accident.The President of the Canterbury-Westland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society has paid tribute to Ms Walsh.Grant Tyrrell says Ms Walsh, a partner at Gresson Dorman & Co, was “a highly talented lawyer and an... More about Jane Walsh, 1981 - 2018.
By Nick Butcher Hastings lawyer Jessica Greig died on 1 August and her potential will be forever unknown, however the legal community say she was a rising star who possessed skills and ability beyond her years.Jessica had only recently turned 26 and her admission to the High Court was... More about Jessica Aroha Greig, 1992 - 2018.
By Nick Butcher The family of retired lawyer Ian Mitchell who died on 5 July 2018 aged 89, say he will be remembered in his community as ‘The People’s Lawyer’.Born in Blenheim in 1928, he grew up during World War Two and attended school at what were makeshift classrooms... More about Ian Jordan Mitchell MNZM, 1928 - 2018.
By Chris Ryan Melton Prosser, who died on 12 May 2018 aged 86, was one of those lawyers who just seemed to keep on going. In his early eighties he was still serving the clients who had followed him for decades. Four years ago, in a typically self-deprecating remark,... More about Melton James Prosser, 1931 - 2018.
By Nick Butcher Tauranga District Court Judge Robert Wolff who died on 30 April 2018 will be remembered for his many watertight judgments, a love of bikes and adventure along with his larger than life sense of humour.Judge Wolff, who was 65 years old, was born in South Africa... More about Judge Robert (Bob) Wolff, 1952 - 2018.
By Nick Butcher Auckland barrister Geoff Harrison died on 8 March, aged 63.His legal career followed a different path to that of his brother, retired Court of Appeal Judge Rhys Harrison.Geoff Harrison was admitted to the bar in 1983, on completion of his law studies at Auckland University.Since 1992,... More about Geoffrey Lloyd (Geoff) Harrison, 1954 - 2018.
By John West Horowhenua and Kapiti practitioner Jim Simpson, who died on 24 February 2018, was a highly competent lawyer, a respected man of the community, and a fine sportsman, who also had a sense of fun. His funeral was held at Rangiatea Church in Otaki and it speaks... More about James Clifford (Jim) Simpson, 1947 - 2018.
By Nick Butcher Former District Court Judge Martin Beattie died in Auckland on 4 February 2017, aged 74.He was appointed as a District Court Judge in civil and criminal jurisdictions in August 1991 and assigned to Whangarei. He retired in January 2014 when he turned 70.Martin Beattie was born... More about Judge Martin John Beattie, 1944 - 2018.
By Chris Ryan Richard Peterson, who died on 12 January 2018 aged 77, was a well-regarded Wellington solicitor, a talented musician and sportsman who represented New Zealand in the sport of fencing.Richard was born in 1940, the eldest of two boys and grew up in the family home in... More about Richard Peterson, 1940 - 2018.
By Chris Ryan Rowland Woods, who died on 4 January 2018 aged 81, was a member of that relatively rare company – those who come late to the law. It is far from unknown of course, but in Rowland’s case it was quite late: he was 61 when he... More about Rowland Woods, 1936 - 2018.
David Ambler, a Judge of the Māori Land Court and Presiding Officer in the Waitangi Tribunal, died in Whangārei on 11 November 2017. He was aged 50.Judge Ambler attended the University of Auckland and graduated with a BA majoring in Māori studies and an LLB in 1989. After being... More about Judge David John Ambler, 1967 - 2017.
By Graham Cowley 28 July 1937 – 28 October 2017Jim Donovan (as he was until he journeyed to Ireland to investigate and research his family ancestry which led him to adopt the original family name of O’Donovan) was born in Hastings as the only son of Gladys and Jim... More about James Daniel O’Donovan, 1937 - 2017.
By Sir William Young Geoffrey Beadel died on 14 October 2017 after a long struggle with cancer. He was a long-serving and redoubtable member of the local profession who will be remembered with affection by those whose professional careers were underway before the turn of the current century.Geoffrey was... More about Geoffrey Charles Pitt Beadel, 1932 - 2017.
A former convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Auckland Standards Committee 4, who recently died will be remembered for her energy, wisdom, intellect and tireless work ethic.Allison Jane Adams, who was 57 died on 8 September after a short illness. She had given nine years of voluntary service... More about Allison Jane Adams 1960 - 2017.
By Nick Butcher Retired District Court Judge John Cadenhead of Auckland died suddenly on 25 August 2017 while on holiday in Hawaii. He was 80 years old.Born in Christchurch on 1 February 1937, Judge Cadenhead was educated at Christchurch Boys' HIgh School and then Canterbury University, graduating with an... More about Judge John Cadenhead, 1937 - 2017.
By Alan Davies Russell Robinson died at Atawhai on 14 August 2017 aged 76. The following eulogy was delivered at his funeral by Alan Davies, one of his former partners at Willis Toomey Robinson:Firstly, I would like to say how honoured I felt at being asked by Russell some... More about Lindsay Russell Robinson, 1941 - 2017.
By Dame Sian Elias CJ Sir Duncan McMullin died in Auckland on 26 June 2017 aged 90. His death is great sadness. He was an admired judge, an engaged and lively member of a wide circle of friends, someone of wide interests, and a man held in high affection... More about Rt Hon Sir Duncan Wallace McMullin, 1927 - 2017.
By Chris Ryan Former Izard Weston lawyer John Stevenson, described as an “affable, generous, humane and knowledgeable” man, died on 1 June 2017 aged 80.John Barr Stevenson was a successful and enterprising lawyer. With a “sharp legal brain”, he was intellectually curious, a great reader and always looked forward... More about John Barr Stevenson, 1936 - 2017.
By Geoff Adlam Many communities, including the legal profession, lost a leader and guiding light with the death of Rotorua lawyer John Chadwick on 26 May 2017.The last Māori law graduate of the 1960s still in practice, he was the founder of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the... More about John Te Manihera Chadwick MNZM, 1945 - 2017.
By Nick Butcher Retired Nelson lawyer Richard Barton Rainey, who died on 14 April 2017, will be remembered as a community spirited man, who was as passionate about singing as he was to practising law.It was perhaps symbolic and testament to his character that he should pass away on... More about Richard Barton Rainey OBE, 1929 - 2017.
By Nick Butcher In Court he was affectionately known as Judge “Paragraph” Palmer. Behind the bench where he resided for some 27 years, he will be remembered as a thorough man, a stickler for details who always read all of the evidence word for word that was being presented... More about Judge Bruce Palmer, 1935 - 2017.
A long-serving member of the profession was lost when John Joseph died on 3 April 2017. An enduring friend and professional colleague of John’s, Austin Forbes QC says “He was one of a kind, popular and held in high regard. In conjunction with his substantial farming and estate practice... More about John Lindsay Joseph, 1946 - 2017.
By Nick Butcher Retired lawyer Roland Patrick Towle, better known as Pat, died on 22 March 2017, at the age of 92.The barrister and solicitor will be remembered as a man with a big heart who liked to get legal matters resolved with little fuss.He had no time for... More about Roland Patrick Towle, 1924 - 2017.
By Martin Treadwell Former practitioner Paul Treadwell died on 15 March 2017 aged 86.Paul Treadwell was born in Wellington in 1930 and joined the family firm, Treadwells in 1953. His father and grandfather were both lawyers in that firm, so being a lawyer was somewhat of a legal legacy.... More about Paul Julian Treadwell OBE, QC (New Hebrides) 1930 - 2017.
By Craig Stephen Nelson lawyer Alistair Bowers died on 6 March 2017 in an accident. He was 52.Mr Bowers had his own practice in the city, and had previously worked at firms in Christchurch and Queenstown.“He was the kind of person you would gravitate to at a party. There... More about Alistair Richard John Bowers, 1965 - 2017.
By Chris Ryan Alister Macalister, who died on 25 January 2017 aged 94, spent all his practising career at Wellington law firm Macalister Mazengarb. He is particularly remembered for his participation in several high-profile inquiries including that of the Erebus disaster.Alister Macalister was born on 20 October 1922 and... More about Alister FitzGerald Macalister QSM, 1922 - 2017.
By Chris Ryan Colin Temple Clere, who was a partner at Luke Cunningham and Clere for more than 40 years, was widely respected in the legal profession, known for his probity and genial nature. He died on 11 January 2017 aged 89.Colin Clere was born in Wellington on 10... More about Colin Temple Clere MNZM, 1927 - 2017.
By Geoff Adlam New Zealand’s first Privacy Commissioner, a former New Zealand Law Society President, and an outstanding communicator, Sir Bruce Slane died in Auckland on 7 January 2017 aged 85.His legal training, communications abilities and experience and passion for getting things done took him along a career path... More about Sir Bruce Houlton Slane KNZM, CBE, 1931 - 2017.
By Jim Simpson Peter Barbour died on 4 November 2016 aged 69. He spent the last 20 years of a long legal career in Foxton, describing himself as “the town lawyer” and providing selfless service to the community of which he was an integral part.Peter Harold Barbour was born... More about Peter Harold Barbour, 1947 - 2016.
By Nick Butcher Auckland based commercial lawyer James Denham Shale - who was simply known as “Denham” - died on 24 October 2016, having practised law for nearly 50 years.Denham Shale was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1967, and legend has it that on that day he... More about James Denham Shale, 1940 - 2016.
By Nick Butcher They say only the good die young and former Council of Trade Union president Helen Kelly is testament to that song by Billy Joel.Helen Kelly died on 14 October 2016 aged 52 and will be remembered for standing up for workers’ rights all over the country,... More about Helen Kelly, 1964 - 2016.
By Nick Butcher The Honourable Daniel Paul Neazor QC died on 8 October 2016, just one month before his 83rd birthday.More commonly known as Paul Neazor, the former High Court Judge is remembered as being highly driven and dedicated to his legal career but also as a family man... More about Justice Daniel Paul Neazor CNZN, QC, 1933 - 2016.
By Kate Geenty Paul Barber QSO died in Wellington on 4 October 2016 following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease. He is survived by his wife Kerry and daughters Nerissa and Marina.Paul Barber's illustrious law career began as a student law clerk in 1959 at the offices of a... More about Paul Franklin Barber QSO, 1937 - 2016.
By Nick Butcher Criminal defence lawyer Denis Kohn, who died on 29 September 2016, will be remembered not for just his legal skills but also for his humour, love of strong coffee and whisky, and song. He was 84.Denis lived a gregarious life in Gisborne. He was a musician,... More about Denis Kohn, 1932 - 2016.
By Nick Butcher Criminal defence lawyer Denis Kohn, who died on 29 September 2016, will be remembered not for just his legal skills but also for his humour, love of strong coffee and whisky, and song. He was 84.Denis lived a gregarious life in Gisborne. He was a musician,... More about Denis Redding Kohn, 1932 - 2016.
Larry O'Neill died peacefully at the Hilda Ross Retirement Village in Hamilton on 15 August 2016 aged 84 years. The legal profession has lost one of its senior members who was well respected and well liked. Including his time as a law clerk, Larry spent more than 50 years... More about Larry Michael O'Neill, 1932 - 2016.
By Geoff Adlam Michael Woolf died in Wellington on 20 June 2016 aged 77. While he had successful careers as a broadcaster and magician, he was also the long-standing editor of the New Zealand Charity and Legal Gazette, a publication well-known to many lawyers.Born in Essex, England on 19... More about Michael Anthony Samuel Woolf, 1939 - 2016.
By David Welch Allan Duncan McLeod died on 9 June 2016, aged 74 years after a short period of ill health. Allan was survived by his wife Sue, three daughters and four grandchildren.Allan worked for Bell Gully and Co in Wellington from 1960 through 1963 in Wellington while attending... More about Allan Duncan McLeod, 1942 - 2016 .
By Geoff Adlam Les Atkins QC died on 25 May 2016 aged 67. Over a prominent legal career he worked as an academic, a renowned criminal defence lawyer and as a District Court Judge.Born in Napier on 7 October 1948, Les Atkins attended Palmerston North Boys' High School and... More about Leslie Herrick Atkins QSO QC, 1948 - 2016.
By Chris Ryan Wybrants "Tim" Olphert died on 12 April 2016 aged 75. He practised as a lawyer for almost half a century and was widely respected for that.Alongside his professional career Tim Olphert made major contributions in the community and to a number of charitable organisations; arguably he... More about Wybrants "Tim" Olphert, 1940 - 2016.
By James Greenland Ian Borrin will be remembered fondly by those closest to him as a humble, hardworking man who loved the law."He was always grateful for the opportunities it gave him to do work that was interesting and worthwhile," says David Goddard QC (Mr Borrin's first cousin once... More about Judge Ian Albert Borrin, 1935 - 2016.
By Chris Ryan Margaret Doucas, leading patent lawyer, philanthropist and animal welfare activist, died in Wellington on 25 February 2016.She was a director of both Henry Hughes IP Ltd and Henry Hughes Law Ltd. With a background in science and law, Margaret Doucas had almost 40 years experience providing... More about Margaret Doucas, 1950 - 2016.
Kathy Ertel passed away in Wellington on 24 February 2016 aged 51 after a short battle with a terminal illness. Known as a strong and passionate advocate for the rights of Māori and Pacific and people with disabilities, she had an important input into many of the significant Treaty... More about Kathy Lee-Anne Ertel, 1964 - 2016.
By James Greenland Passionately pro bono to the end, before succumbing to her battle with cancer Auckland lawyer Helen Twentyman requested that, in lieu of flowers to mark her passing, people make a donation to domestic abuse charity Shine. Mrs Twentyman LLM died on 17 February 2016. She is... More about Helen Elizabeth Twentyman, 1967 - 2016.
By Geoff Adlam Auckland barrister Eb Leary died on 7 February 2016 of cancer. He was aged 71. Well known during the 1970s and 1980s as one of New Zealand's leading criminal defenders, Mr Leary's legal career came to an abrupt halt when he was struck off in 1987,... More about Edward (Eb) Poulter Leary, 1944 - 2016.
By Geoff Adlam Judge Jim Weir died in Rotorua on 9 January 2016 after a tragic accident at his home. He was aged 65. A highly successful career in the law saw him co-founding a law firm which flourished in Hamilton. He developed expertise in several areas of the... More about Judge James Julian (Jim) Weir, 1950 - 2016.
By John Brandts-Giesen Keith Hales, a well-known and colourful lawyer, died on 31 December 2015, aged 67.Keith prided himself on being a "Strowan boy", although in his youth that part of the city was still known as Papanui! He attended Christchurch Boys' High School and graduated from Canterbury University... More about Keith George Hales, 1948 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Former District Court Judge Simon Lockhart died in Auckland on 10 November 2015. He was aged 80. In an active legal life he was one of New Zealand's leading advocates and regarded with a high level of respect and affection by the profession. A lifelong love... More about Judge Simon Grant Lockhart QC, 1934 - 2015.
By James Greenland The Waikato and the wider legal community have lost a "real gentleman" in Peter Gorringe, who passed away on Tuesday 10 November 2015, aged 70.Peter is survived by his two adult children Romiley and Ashley. A celebration of his life will be held at Hamilton Park... More about Peter Francis Gorringe, 1945 - 2015.
By Vanessa Bruton Colin Nicholson died in Auckland on 31 October 2015 aged 79. He was a prominent member of the bar in Auckland before becoming a District Court and then High Court Judge.Colin was born in 1936 on the shortest day of the year in the village of... More about Hon Colin Maurice Nicholson CNZM, QC 1936 - 2015.
23 November 2015 The legal and music worlds of Auckland lost a long time contributor with the death on 22 October 2015 on his 86th birthday of John McKail Geddes, for much of his life resident with his wife Claire in Titirangi. On 29 October the old St Benedict's... More about John McKail Geddes, 1929 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Former District Court Judge Avinash Deobhakta died in Auckland on 2 September 2015 aged 78. After he was forced to leave a successful legal career in Uganda, Judge Deobhakta became a much-loved and respected member of New Zealand's legal profession.Born on 24 November 1936 in Lahore... More about Judge Avinash Ganesh Deobhakta, 1936 - 2015.
Ian Wollerman died in Victoria, Australia on 22 August 2015 as the result of injuries received in a motor vehicle accident. He was aged 98.Mr Wollerman had a long legal career in the Wairarapa and was one of the founders of the firm which became WCM Legal, a division... More about Ian Philip Wollerman, 1917 - 2015.
By John Burn Garth Gould died on 10 August 2015 at the age of 86. He had been present at a dinner for my own eightieth birthday and was in fine form, dying unexpectedly several days later.Garth will be remembered by many older practitioners as a first-rate lawyer with... More about Garth Hamilton Gould, 1929 - 2015.
By Robyn Matthews Peter Dennehy died in Hastings on 11 July 2015 aged 84. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Julie, five children and five grandchildren.Born on 9 April 1931 and raised in Whangarei, former Coroner Peter Dennehy won a scholarship to Sacred Heart in Auckland, before attending... More about Peter John Dennehy, 1931 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Ronald Davison died in Auckland on 2 July 2015 aged 94. As the last Chief Justice to be appointed directly from the Bar, Sir Ronald moved from being one of the country's best barristers to earn widespread respect as leader of the judiciary. He was... More about Rt Hon Sir Ronald Keith Davison GBE CMG QC, 1920 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Margaret Vennell died in Auckland on 18 June 2015 aged 80. As one of the first women to make a career as a legal academic, she had been associated with Auckland University's Faculty of Law for 34 years when she retired as Associate Professor in May... More about Margaret Ann McGregor Vennell ONZM, 1934 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam John Marshall QC died in Wellington on 14 June 2015. He was aged 68. Mr Marshall was a highly respected advocate and leader of the legal profession, renowned for his calm and inclusive style. He successfully took New Zealand's lawyers through major changes in regulation of... More about John Livingston Marshall QC CNZM, 1946 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Peter Williams died at his home in Auckland on 9 June 2015 aged 80. Over a long career in the law Sir Peter was acknowledged as an exceptional and fearless advocate who had a passionate commitment to ensuring everyone had equal access to justice. He... More about Sir Peter Alderidge Williams KNZM QC, 1934 - 2015 .
Lecretia Seales died at home in Wellington on 5 June 2015. She died just hours after her family and lawyers had received the full judgment in the action she had taken in the High Court for a declaratory judgment which would have upheld her right to die at the... More about Lecretia Anne Seales, 1973 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Thomas Gault died in Auckland on 19 May 2015 aged 76. His contribution to New Zealand’s legal system was significant. A successful career as a prominent legal practitioner with expertise in commercial and competition law and intellectual property was followed by nearly two decades as... More about Rt Hon Sir Thomas Gault KNZM, 1938 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Retired District Court Judge David Wilson died in Tauranga on 16 May 2015 aged 83. Mr Wilson served as a District Court Judge for 17 years and for a further 10 years as an Acting District Court Judge after his retirement. He is remembered fondly for... More about David Bracken Wilson, 1931 - 2015.
Rosemary Monaghan, the Chief of the Employment Relations Authority, died on 19 April 2015 after a long illness. Employment Court Chief Judge Graeme Colgan says Ms Monaghan was professional and discreet as well as objective and sensitive to human frailties. “She was unafraid to make what might be perceived... More about Rosemary Ann Monaghan, 1957 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam New Zealand's first Principal Youth Court Judge Mick Brown died in Auckland on 2 April 2015 aged 77. Known universally as Mick Brown, he is acknowledged as having been the perfect choice to nurture and grow the new Youth Court initiative. This was driven by his... More about Judge Michael John Albert (Mick) Brown CNZM, 1937 - 2015.
By Ian Davidson. Peter Kellaway passed away on 9 March 2015. The greater part of his career as a practising lawyer was spent in Hamilton. Peter was very highly regarded and respected within the legal profession and the community for his integrity and honesty, his dedication to his staff... More about Peter Rayner Kellaway, 1947 - 2015.
By Dinah Kennedy Tony Taunt was a special man. His death at the age of 54 has left us with a sense that something unique has gone. Tony came late to the legal profession. He had started work as a fitter/welder, then, after a number of positions got into... More about Anthony John (Tony) Taunt, 1960 - 2015.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Ivor Richardson died in Wellington on 29 December 2014 aged 84. As a judge, academic and chair of a number of influential committees he had a major influence on New Zealand law, and was New Zealand’s longest-serving Court of Appeal judge.Chief Justice Sian Elias says... More about Rt Hon Sir Ivor Lloyd Morgan Richardson, 1930 - 2014.
By Warwick Cambridge Russell Ibbotson died on 18 December 2014 aged 62. Russell had a long career in the Southland and Queenstown region and over that time made a significant contribution to the legal profession. I had the privilege of knowing Russell since our days together at Southland Boys... More about Russell Hyde Ibbotson, 1952 - 2014.
By Christine Grice Ted Graham died on 31 October 2014. He spent a long career practising law in Matamata with the firm Bell and Graham and was highly regarded and respected in the legal profession as a key participant in the history of the Waikato Bay of Plenty legal... More about Charles Edward (Ted) Graham, 1933 - 2014.
By Sasha Borissenko Emeritus Professor George Hinde passed away on 9 October 2014 after a short illness. Born in Cheshire, England on 20 August 1929, George, together with his parents John and Louisa Hinde, moved to New Zealand in 1939. George was educated at Whangarei High School before he... More about Dr George William Hinde, 1929 - 2014.
Members of the legal profession were stunned and saddened by the sudden death of Masterton lawyer Louise Elder, aged 50, on 8 September 2014. Colleagues, court staff, police and clients were all profoundly shocked to hear the tragic news at a Masterton District Court sitting that morning, causing the... More about Louise Elder, 1964 - 2014.
By Geoff Adlam Edgar Crutchley died at Lower Hutt on 11 August 2014 aged 96. His legal career culminated in 16 years as a Stipendiary Magistrate based in Christchurch, where he was known for his courtesy and professional demeanour.Following early retirement for health reasons he continued to give guidance... More about Edgar Stanley James Crutchley QSO, 1917 - 2014.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Muir Chilwell died in Auckland on 10 June 2014 aged 90. From a career as a renowned barrister Sir Muir became a highly respected judge of the High Court who was known for a considerate and courteous style which was reflected in his decisions.He was... More about Hon Sir Muir Fitzherbert Chilwell QC, 1924 - 2014.
Colin was a stalwart in the Bay of Plenty legal community for more than three decades – working in Rotorua, Whakatane and Opotiki. Colin was born in Auckland, but ventured south during his tertiary education. He studied law at Auckland, Wellington and Otago. He was admitted at the High... More about (James) Colin Handley 1935 - 2014.
New Zealand's legal profession and Pacific communities are mourning the death of Tongan lawyer and legal counsel Joel Tuita Mataitini Fotu. Mr Fotu was born on 22 January 1946 and died in Auckland on 5 June 2014. Mr Fotu was a well-known and admired member of the Auckland legal... More about Joel Tuita Mataitini Fotu, 1946 - 2014.
By Peter Whiteside QC Alan Holland spent the last four years of World War Two boarding at Waitaki Boys’ High School. He was persuaded by that school’s legendary rector, Frank Milner, that as he was such a good talker he ought to be a lawyer rather than a schoolteacher.... More about Hon Sir Alan Douglas Holland, 1929 - 2014.
By Alan Vane, Partner, Le Pine & Co. I said of John Corry, former founder and partner of Le Pine & Co, on his death, that it is common in obituaries for lawyers to praise soundness of judgement, academic and technical excellence, unswerving dedication to serving client interests, integrity... More about Marian Jozef Glazewski, 1947 - 2014.
by Sir Ivor Richardson I have known Richard Savage well as a colleague and friend for over 50 years. Over the years we shared highs and lows. In Richard’s case they included the joys of family life with Nora and the children and the sadness of the grievous loss... More about Hon Richard Christopher Savage CBE, QC, 1926 - 2014.
Sir Owen Woodhouse died in Auckland on 15 April 2014 at the age of 97. Renowned as the architect of New Zealand's world-leading no fault accident compensation system, Sir Owen was also a distinguished jurist who was known for his reforming and progressive approach to development of New Zealand... More about Rt Hon Sir Owen Woodhouse ONZ, KBE, DSC, 1916 - 2014.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Owen Woodhouse died in Auckland on 15 April 2014 at the age of 97. Renowned as the architect of New Zealand’s world-leading no fault accident compensation system, Sir Owen was also a distinguished jurist who was known for his reforming and progressive approach to development... More about Rt Hon Sir Owen Woodhouse ONZ, KBE, DSC, 1916 - 2014.
Kathy Stringfellow, who came later than many to the law, was a highly skilled lawyer whose efficiency, integrity and personal warmth attracted life-long clients. She was also a stalwart of the Law Society for many years – on her election as President of the Wellington District Law Society in... More about Kathleen Anne Stringfellow, 1943 - 2014.
By Bruce Martin and Russell Robinson Respected Hawke's Bay lawyer and tertiary education leader Timothy George Twist (Tim) died in Napier, aged 77, on March 30, 2014. Born in Wellington on 9 October 1936 to Albert and Irene Twist, Tim lived in Elizabeth Street, Mount Victoria with his parents,... More about Timothy George Twist MNZM, 1936 - 2014.
by Helen Cull QC Keith Taylor Matthews was one of the law profession’s finest examples of an extremely competent, dedicated and compassionate lawyer, with a true love of the law, serving his clients assiduously and actively upholding the principles of the rule of law. He was highly respected among... More about Keith Taylor Matthews, 1921 - 2014.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Ian McKay died in Wellington on 20 February 2014. During his long legal career he was a highly respected judge of the Court of Appeal, renowned as an advocate and a senior partner of one of New Zealand’s largest law firms.He was born in Waipawa... More about Rt Hon Sir Ian Lloyd McKay KNZM, 1929 - 2014.
Described as a "strong and very gentle person with a real sense of fun", Miriam Menzies was also a competent and caring lawyer who worked over many areas of the law but had a particular interest in protection of the young and the elderly and wider family law. Miriam... More about Miriam Anne Menzies, 1955 - 2014.
By Geoff Adlam Queen’s Counsel Alan Hassall died in Hamilton on 6 January 2014 aged 88.Mr Hassall had a long and successful career in the law until his retirement because of ill health in 2012. He was renowned for his tenacity and ability to manage a large workload, while... More about Alan Lough Hassall QC, 1925 - 2014.
Jim packed an enormous amount into his life, and did much more in his 64 years and 340 days than most achieve in far longer lives. Born 26 January 1949 in Luton, England, to Ron and Winifred, Jim – with his parents, sister Carol and brother Steve – emigrated... More about James (Jim) Kempster Guthrie CNZM, 1949 - 2014.
By Denise Arnold of Lyon O'Neale Arnold Blair Antony Kiddle was born on 5 September 1971 in Auckland to Susan and Robert Kiddle. He spent his first seven years in Auckland before shifting to Tauranga and attending Tauranga Primary School. Upon completing primary school he attended Tauranga Intermediate and... More about Blair Antony Kiddle, 1971 - 2014 .
By Peter Cato Stewart Underwood, 30 March 1970 - 4 December 2013. After attending the funeral of my learned friend Stewart Underwood, I have been moved to acknowledge the passing of this courageous, caring and noble colleague. As a sole practitioner, conveyancer and property lawyer Stewart was a valued... More about Stewart Underwood, 1970-2013.
Vernon Peters died on 9 August 2013. He practised law for over 50 years and has been described as a consummate lawyer, a man of absolute probity who served his clients faithfully and well for his entire career. Vernon Peters was a partner in Wellington firm O’Regan Arndt Peters... More about Vernon Henry Peters, 1928 - 2013.
Erika Kremic died on 6 August 2013. She came of age in Germany during the Nazi era, her life and future interrupted by war. Her fortunes were later revived in New Zealand where she had a successful legal career. Born on 17 April 1925 in Munster, Westphalia, she enrolled... More about Erika Kremic, 1925 – 2013.
By Elliott Sim Legal academic and author Dr Lindsay Hampton died in Christchurch on 31 July 2013 after a short illness.Dr Hampton was born on 7 March 1942 in Christchurch.He held BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Canterbury and LLM and SJD from the University of... More about Lindsay Frank Newman Hampton, 1942 - 2013.
By Tony Wilson One of the Hawke's Bay District Law Society's longest-serving members, Hal Nash died on 18 June 2013. Hal had been a member of the Law Society from 1963 until 2002 when he retired and became an Honorary Member. He was a member of the Council of... More about James Halward (Hal) Nash, 1935-2013.
By Chris Ryan Gerald Wynter Blathwayt, who died on 8 June 2013, was a well-known Wairarapa lawyer for many years. Described as a “good lawyer with a good legal brain”, he was also a top sportsman. In many ways an unconventional character, he was known for his plus-fours and... More about Gerald Wynter Blathwayt, 1934 – 2013.
By Garry Thompson When Fred Shaw died in his sleep on 29 May 2013, the day after the annual Christ’s College/Boys’ High rugby match, the profession lost one of its identities. Fred lived all his life in Christchurch and in fact until his home was wrecked by burglars four... More about Frederick John Shaw, 1927 – 2013.
By Geoff Adlam The sudden death of Justice Chambers in Wellington on 21 May 2013 at the age of 59 stunned members of the legal profession. His appointment to the Supreme Court in December 2011 had been the logical progression in the very successful career of a renowned jurist,... More about Justice Sir Robert Stanley Chambers, KNZM, QC, 1953 – 2013.
By Bill Moore Former Nelson Harbour Board chairman Ron Fletcher, who died in Nelson on 17 February 2013 aged 77, was a second-generation Nelson lawyer who saw two more generations of his family go into law.Apart from his time at Victoria University Mr Fletcher lived his entire life in... More about Ronald Alan Fletcher, 1935 – 2013.
By Geoff Adlam New Zealand was shocked to hear of the death of barrister Greg King on 2 November 2012 at the age of 43. One of the country's best-known criminal lawyers, he was also an important contributor to public understanding and knowledge of the criminal justice system.Greg King... More about Gregory James King, 1969 – 2012.
By Chris Ryan Wellington lawyer Peter Martyn died on 12 October 2012 aged 82. Born in Oamaru on 18 September 1930, he was educated at Waitaki Boys’ High School and studied law at Victoria University of Wellington in the 1950s. Peter first worked at the Public Trust Office in... More about Peter Edward Martyn, 1930 – 2012.
By Geoff Adlam Sir John Hamilton Wallace died in Auckland on 20 September 2012 aged 78. He was known for an distinguished career in New Zealand law reform. His influence and input can be seen in such fundamental New Zealand institutions as our electoral system, our courts and our... More about Sir John Wallace KNZM, QC, 1934 – 2012.
By Chris Lynch The legal profession lost one of its most respected and dedicated members, and our family a most loved and cherished father and grandfather when Brian Lynch died suddenly and unexpectedly on 9 September 2102. The loss of my father Brian will not only be felt by... More about Brian Desmond Lynch LLB, 1929 - 2012.
By Geoff Adlam Jeremy Pope died in Wellington on 29 August 2012 aged 73. Throughout his life he was an important figure in promoting human rights and fighting corruption. Transparency International, the Berlin-based organisation which he co-founded, today has over 100 chapters throughout the world.Jeremy was born in Wellington... More about Jeremy David Pope ONZM, 1938 – 2012.
Dr Roger Fenton died suddenly in Auckland on 7 June 2012 aged 61. Inheritor of a long lineage in the New Zealand legal profession, he was the longest-established member of Auckland’s Southern Cross Chambers at his death and author of the sixth and seventh editions of the highly regarded... More about Roger Tennant Fenton, 1950 - 2012.
By Nigel McFadden David Gordon Phillips, a long serving practitioner, died in Nelson on 26 May 2012 aged 63. David was Australian by birth and took his degrees in history and law at Adelaide University. David came to New Zealand around 1972 in pursuit of his interest in Indian... More about David Gordon Phillips, 1949 - 2012.
By Geoff Adlam Leading Queen's Counsel John Haigh died suddenly in Auckland on 21 April 2012. He was aged 65. He was the first Queen’s Counsel to specialise in employment law, and he also developed an extensive criminal practice. Recently he had been involved in the Royal Commission of... More about John Haigh QC, 1947 - 2012.
By Geoff Adlam Brian Bull died on 24 January 2012 in Gisborne, aged 82 years. As a partner in Gisborne law firm Burnard Bull & Co for 55 years, Mr Bull was well known for his contribution to the community, particularly in the field of education.Brian Bull was one... More about Brian Henry Bull MBE, 1929 - 2012.
By Chris Ryan In a flyer for the fifth edition of Garrow and Kelly’s Law of Trusts and Trustees, Noel Kelly was described (evidently on the authority of Sir Alexander Turner) as one of the greatest living authorities on the law of trusts in New Zealand. Noel made a... More about Noel Kelly QSO JP LLM, 1922 - 2012.
By Geoff Adlam Sir Rodney Gallen died in Havelock North on 3 March 2012. A much loved and respected member of the Hawke’s Bay community, Sir Rodney was a judge of the High Court for 16 years until his retirement. His ability to chair and mediate was recognised in... More about Sir Rodney Gerald Gallen, 1933 – 2012.
Helen Aikman QC, described as “utterly determined to advocate for her cause”, led an inspiring career dedicated to law in New Zealand and the Pacific. The daughter of Dr Colin Campbell Aikman and Betty Alicia James, Ms Aikman graduated with a LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington and... More about Helen Mary Aikman QC, 1955 – 2012 .
By Geoff Adlam Former Court of Appeal judge Sir Maurice Casey died in Auckland on 19 January 2012 aged 88.Sir Maurice was born in Christchurch on 28 August 1923, the eldest son of Eugene and Beatrice Casey. His father became general manager of the railways. He was educated at... More about Rt Hon Sir Maurice Eugene Casey, 1923 – 2012.
By Geoff Adlam George Tanner died in Lower Hutt on 17 January 2012 aged 65. As a serving Law Commissioner he was continuing a career focused on improving the clarity, structure and format of New Zealand’s laws. The plain language used in our legislation and the availability of a... More about George Edwin Tanner CNZM QC, 1946 - 2012.
Former District Court Judge Bernard Cullinane was noted for his acute “mental capacity and great depth of legal knowledge”. In a eulogy presented at his funeral, son Rodney Cullinane said his father had the ability to “cut very quickly to the heart of an issue notwithstanding the various arguments... More about Bernard Jeremiah Cullinane, 1922 – 2011.
By Rachael Breckon Judge Michael John Green will be remembered for his no-nonsense approach to the bench and courageous attitude towards life.Born on 21 May 1936 to Jane and Thomas Hillier Green, Judge Green suffered from polio as a child (an event that caused all the schools on the... More about Judge Michael John Green, 1936 – 2011.
By Geoff Adlam Former commercial lawyer, Law Commissioner, active in Law Society affairs, legal writer and a great communicator who was gifted with a fearless ability to provoke and tease, Donald Dugdale died in Auckland on 30 August 2011.Born in Te Aroha on 1 October 1933, he was educated... More about Donald Frederick Dugdale, 1933 – 2011.
His Honour Judge Russell Johnson died on 24 July 2011 after a short illness. Chief Judge Johnson was born in Auckland on 12 July 1947. He was educated at Kaitaia Primary School, Inglewood High School and Auckland University, where he graduated LLB in 1969. After completion of his law... More about Chief District Court Judge Russell Joseph Johnson, 1947 - 2011.
When John Corry moved his young family to Taupo in the mid-1950s, the town was a day’s drive over shingle roads from Napier, the streets were “paved” with pumice, and clients would often ride on horseback to the old cottage where he practised law. On one occasion, he arrived... More about John David Leeming Corry, 1928 – 2011.
By Geoff Adlam Dr George Paterson Barton QC died on 17 May 2011 aged 86.During more than 60 years as a lawyer, Dr Barton's illustrious career included 11 appearances at the Privy Council – among them some ground-breaking cases.Born in Ponsonby, Auckland on 13 May 1925, George was the... More about Dr George Barton QC, 1925 - 2011.
By Chris Ryan Norman Carter who died recently at the age of 94 has been described as an exemplary practitioner of the old school. He was born in 1916 in Warkworth and lived in Helensville until the family moved to Lower Hutt in the 1920s where he attended Hutt... More about Thomas Gerald Norman Carter, 1916 - 2011.
By Chris Ryan Robin Randell was admitted in February 1958, after working for several years as a law clerk with Bell Gully and Co. He became a partner at Bell Gully in April 1962 and remained in the same firm until his retirement in February 1993. A diligent worker,... More about Robin William Randell CStJ, 1933 - 2011.
By Robert Murfitt As Peter approached the ninth hole at Waitikiri on 10 April 2011, he would have been mightily troubled to feel the onset of the heart attack which felled him, there and then. He was playing with Mark Callaghan for his club, Russley, and needed to win... More about Peter Gonville Benseman, 1942 – 2011.
By Campbell MacDiarmid Richard John Craddock QC died at his home in Wanaka on Saturday 2 April 2011, aged 76. Mr Craddock was New Zealand's longest-serving Queen’s Counsel (equal with Robert Alan Houston) and is remembered by those who encountered him during his long legal career for his formidable... More about Richard John Craddock QC, 1935 - 2011.
Michael Ray Radford died on 16 March 2011 aged 63. Judge Radford had a long career in the Otago region and over that time he touched the lives of many. The Otago branch, in honouring such a long-serving colleague, wanted to reflect this. I had the privilege of knowing... More about Judge Michael Ray Radford, 1947 – 2011.
by Gary Turkington During the last weekend in February, while in his 90th year, William Vernon Gazley slipped away quietly. He was mourned by his close family without fuss or public ceremony. He was a quintessentially private person and devoted family man. Was it then that his professional life... More about William Vernon Gazley, 1921 - 2011.
By Chris Ryan Members of the legal profession and former clients along with family and friends have mourned the death of Sandra Moran on 30 January 2011. Sandra was a trailblazer for women lawyers. In 1989 she was the first woman to be elected as president of the Wellington... More about Sandra Mary Moran, 1945 - 2011.
by John Sneyd On 4 January this year we lost our colleague and dear friend Des Ryan after a long illness. We had been preparing for it, of course, but the reality of his death was still a shock as we found it difficult to believe that a man... More about Desmond Peter Ryan (Des), 1951 – 2011.
By Chris Ryan Brian Cunningham was an able and conscientious lawyer, who spent most of his professional life with the Wellington firm of Luke Cunningham & Clere and more latterly with Tripe Matthews & Feist. Born in Hastings, Brian was the oldest of five children. He was educated at... More about Brian Keith Cunningham, 1943 - 2011.
by Bill Calver Those Hawke’s Bay practitioners who knew Norman will have been very saddened by his untimely death last month. Norman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stomach cancer in January and died only a matter of weeks later. Norman’s parents were Raukawa farmers. He was sent... More about Norman Stewart Campbell, 1949 - 2010.
By Chris Ryan Philip Cook who died recently as been described as an “outstanding lawyer … in the top rank of those doing professional indemnity work”. Phil Cook was a barrister who focused particularly on civil and commercial litigation, with emphasis on insurance law, adminstrative law and medical law.... More about Philip Hunter Cook, 1952 - 2010.
John Adam Wilson QSO has been described as “… an excellent lawyer, an outstanding citizen, a wonderful man.” He spent most of his 50-year legal career in the firm of Gault Mitchell & Wilson (now Gault Mitchell Law). He was still working in the firm well into his eighties.... More about John Adam Wilson QSO, 1914 - 2010.
By Peter Connor and John Hanning Bob Craig, for 50 years a highly respected solicitor in Wellington, died on 7 October 2010. Bob was born in 1922. His law studies at Victoria University College were interrupted by service in the navy in World War II. As was common at... More about Robert John Craig, 1922 - 2010.
This is the eulogy delivered by Gerald Lascelles at the funeral of Brian Harman who died on 17 April 2010.Brian Harman was given to providing surprises – sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.This was because there was, with him, a certain eccentricity of character. Anyone who can sit at a dinner... More about Annesley Brian Harman MNZM, 1932 - 2010.
Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave, the co-president of Te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa (THRMOA), the Maori Law Society, died of cancer on 24 June 2010. Jolene, who served on the society’s executive for several years in a range of roles, was elected co-president in 2008. Fellow co-president Damian Stone described her... More about Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave, 1977 - 2010.
In a busy life of professional involvement and community service Donald Lee in a sense had three careers: for 28 years he was a barrister and solicitor in general practice in Lower Hutt. Concurrent with legal practice, Don served in local government for 18 years in a variety of... More about Donald Lee, 1933 - 2010.
by Sir Rodney Gallen The Right Honourable Sir Gordon Ellis Bisson PC Kt B LLB died at Wellington on 14November 2010. He was 91 years of age, nearly 92. To the older members of the profession in Hawke’s Bay he was always known as “Don”. He was born in... More about The Right Honourable Sir Gordon Ellis Bisson PC, Kt B, LLB, 1918 - 2010.
John Gold died on 26 August 2009. He was aged 67.Born on 24 April 1942, he grew up in Greytown where his father was a car salesman. It was his father, it is said, from whom John Gold inherited his "deal-making" qualities.After attending St Joseph's College in Masterton he... More about John Winston Gold, 1942 - 2009.
By Richard Fowler Stephen Shayle-George died in Lower Hutt on 3 July 2009 aged 92 years, bringing to an end a long and remarkable life.For 42 years Stephen practised in the firm now known as DLA Phillips Fox but for many of those years and for some time afterwards... More about Stephen Shayle-George, 1916 - 2009.
A member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Rule of Law Committee and distinguished Auckland law professor, Mike Taggart, died on 13 August 2009 after a year-long battle with illness. He was the second-youngest professor of law appointed at Auckland University when he took up that role in 1988... More about Michael Taggart, 1955 - 2009.
Neil McNaught, universally known to friends and acquaintances as "Boof", was a well-liked character of the Wellington legal scene.Stories are legion of his ability and determination to build houses on sites where others would only dare to dream, as are tales of his so-called "extramural activities'". While he was... More about Neil McNaught (“Boof”), 1939 - 2009.
Emeritus Professor Richard Sutton died in Dunedin on 17 April 2009 aged 70 years. Professor Sutton joined the Otago University law school faculty in 1980 after teaching at Auckland University for 15 years. During his time in the law, Professor Sutton tried his hand at many things, including conveyancing,... More about Richard John Sutton, 1939 - 2009.
John Gibson QC was a distinguished Wellington lawyer, whose wide interests went beyond the law into cricket, music and collecting. After secondary education at Wanganui Collegiate John Gibson studied law at Victoria University of Wellington, was admitted as solicitor in March 1960 and as a barrister in January 1961,... More about John Alexander Lemon Gibson QC, 1936 – 2009.
A former convener of the New Zealand Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee and a member of the former New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, John Gibson QC, died in Wellington on 19 July 2009. A Victoria University of Wellington graduate, John Gibson became a partner in the Wellington firm... More about John Gibson QC, 1936 - 2009.
by Lance Pratley Until his retirement in 1994, Geoff Fuller spent some 25 years of his career as manager of National Mutual Life Nominees. That company was one of the largest corporate trustees in New Zealand, and specialised in the administration of debenture trust deeds. At a time when... More about Geoffrey John Fuller, 1933 - 2009.
Bob Richmond was a prominent Wellington lawyer for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1991. He was President of the Wellington District Law Society in 1974 and served on a number of Law Society committees. Bob Richmond was born in 1923 and attended Scots College in Wellington... More about Robert Denis Richmond, 1923 - 2009.
Principal Judge John Bollard of the Environment Court died on 28 April 2009. After graduating from Auckland University in 1963, Judge Bollard completed a Masters in Jurisprudence (with distinction) in 1980. He practised in Auckland as a partner of Brookfield Prendergast & Co until 1984) and in Brandon-Brookfield from... More about Principal Judge John Bollard, 1940 - 2009.
Bill Shires died in Wellington on 18 June 2008 aged 82.He was born in Dunedin on 26 February 1926 and spent his early years in Wellington. After moving to Wanganui he won an entrance scholarship to Wanganui Collegiate.He achieved both academically and on the sports field at Collegiate. He... More about William Stuart Shires QC, 1926 - 2008.
Keith Robinson, who passed away on September 15, 2008, had a long and successful career as a lawyer in private practice, as a Crown Counsel with the Crown Law Office, as a barrister sole, and as an employee of the Office of the Ombudsman. Keith has been described as... More about Keith Robinson, 1933 - 2008.
Well-known law reformer Janice Lowe died in Wellington in October 2008 aged 72. After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with an MA in French with first class honours and an honours degree in law from Oxford University, she worked for a law firm in London, then for the... More about Janice Lowe, 1936 - 2008.
Dr Don Inglis QC, recently described by Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier as “one of the giants of family law jurisprudence in New Zealand”, passed away on 26 April 2008. When appointed to the Family Court bench soon after the court’s establishment in 1981, Dr Inglis was the... More about Brinsley Donald (Don) Inglis QC, 1930 - 2008.
Wellington Crown Solicitor Ken Stone died on 1 February 2008, aged 65. He died of cancer, eight years after the disease was first diagnosed and just weeks before he was due to retire on 31 March following 38 years' service with Luke, Cunningham and Clere, after 19 years as... More about Kenneth Gordon Stone, 1942 - 2008.
Dame Augusta Wallace, who died on 12 April 2008 after a long illness, was the first woman appointed to the bench in New Zealand. Although it was International Women’s Year when she was appointed in September 1975, Dame Augusta eschewed any feminist connotations of the appointment and had little... More about Dame Augusta Wallace, 1929 - 2008.
By Judge Ema Aitken Shirley Smith was one of New Zealand's truly great women of the law...Her first interest in being a lawyer was sparked, not unsurprisingly, by her father's work, but he discouraged that interest: law he told her was no career for a woman, it was "too... More about Shirley Hilda Stanley Smith, 1916 - 2007.
The death of Sir John White on 27 October 2007, just a few days short of his 96th birthday, marks the passing of a distinguished jurist.Sir John was born in Wellington on 1 November 1911. He was educated there and also in Dunedin where he was head prefect of... More about Hon Sir John Charles White MBE, 1911 - 2007.
Dick Collins was an outstanding lawyer whose talents went further than the law. Dr David Collins QC (no relation) described him as "a man of prodigious talents [who] made immense contributions, not just to the law but to society as a whole".Dick Collins was born in 1921 and educated... More about Richard Gray Collins CBE, 1921 - 2007.
The sudden death in July of the Hon Justice Anthony Arthur Travers Ellis QC at the age of 72 saddened all in the profession.Described by Wellington District Law Society President Richard Fowler as "...a much loved former colleague and Judge", Justice Ellis had a distinguished legal career.He was admitted... More about Hon Anthony Arthur Travers (Tony) Ellis, 1934 - 2007.
Brian Blacktop's legal career was spent entirely with the Public Trust, an association spanning 48 years.Mr Blacktop was educated at St Peters College in Auckland where he was Dux and head prefect in 1954. From there he went to medical school at Otago University but soon changed tack, returning... More about Brian James Blacktop, 1939 - 2007.
Jonathan Williams died on 14 February 2007. He was aged 57.Jonathan graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with an LLB(Hons). While Jonathan was a hard worker and diligent in keeping up with level developments, he was blessed with a natrual intelligence which no amount of hard work can attain.Jonathan... More about Jonathan Lee Williams, 1949 - 2007.
Life member of Otago Women Lawyers’ Society (OWLS), Marion Thomson, died on Thursday 1 March 2007 aged 95, the day before the Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address, which she had hoped, as usual, to attend. Although she had retired from practice some time before OWLS was formed, Marion Thomson was... More about Marion Thomson, 1911 - 2007.
Jim Rowe, long-serving lay member of the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, died on 29 September 2007 aged 79. Appointed to the tribunal in 1992, Jim served for more than 15 years, stepping down only recently. Every member of the tribunal found Jim's presence invaluable, John Upton QC... More about Jim Rowe, 1928 - 2007.
Richard Hall’s wit, his facility with words both written and spoken, his skill in the law and concern for clients, were among the attributes remembered at a celebration of his life at the Masterton Town Hall in February 2006. Richard Peterson, who knew Mr Hall when both were law... More about Richard Gibbons Hall, 1939 - 2006.
by Ivan Kwok Jennifer left school with her only qualification being School Certificate English. As an adult student with children she went back to College and later to Victoria University where she graduated with a LLB (Honours). Following graduation Jennifer joined the Treasury where she spent the entire 18... More about Jennifer Lynch, 1950 – 2006.
Robin Brunskill Cooke, Lord Cooke of Thorndon, the only New Zealand judge to have sat in the House of Lords, died in Wellington on the night of 30-31 August 2006.Considered by many to be New Zealand's greatest jurist, Lord Cooke was made a life peer in 1996 and a... More about Lord Cooke of Thorndon, 1926 - 2006.
by Don McCulloch and Richard Kemp Shane Treadwell’s recent sudden death was a great shock to his family and close friends because immediately prior to his death he appeared to be particularly fit and in good health, especially for one approaching 83 years in age. For many years, until... More about Shane Jervis Treadwell, 1923 - 2006.
By Geoff Adlam Tere Akatangi Mataoi was the first Cook Islander to be admitted to the New Zealand bar. On his return to Rarotonga he enjoyed a successful career as legal officer for the Cook Islands Justice Department.Mr Mataio was born in Rarotonga on 26 January 1934. When he... More about Tere Akatangi Mataio, 1934 - 2005.
By Judge Bruce Davidson Three days ago last Friday, I sat in the No 1 Wellington District Court, commonly known as the List Court. It was a strange day. The work was the same – and frustration levels much the same. Many of the people were the same as... More about Desmond Stewart Granville Deacon, 1937 - 2005.
Richard (Dick) Simpson CBE spent his entire legal career - a span of 54 years - at Bell Gully & Co. At Bell Gully Mr Simpson did a variety of legal work including conveyancing, trust and commercial law, and, as he says in his memoir: "... I drifted into... More about Richard Spence Volkmann Simpson CBE, 1914 - 2005.
Allan Hercus was born in 1911 and spent his early life in Tapanui, in the south of the South Island, where his father was a Presbyterian minister, and in Christchurch. He was the first dux of Methven District High School, and two years later dux of Christchurch Boys' High... More about Allan Gordon Hercus, 1911 - 2005.
Former Maori Land Court Judge Kevin Cull died in Hamilton on 21 January 2005. He was born in Dunedin and, on leaving school, became a clerk in the Dunedin Court, completing some law units before conscription into the army in 1941. After serving in Egypt, Italy and later Japan,... More about Kevin Bernard Cull, 1923 – 2005.
Manukau District Court Judge Karina Williams died on 2 September 2005 following a short illness. Two years before, she became only the second Maori woman to become a District Court judge when she was sworn in on 4 September 2003. After her education at St Cuthbert’s College and Auckland... More about Judge Karina Raewyn Koimata Williams, 1962 - 2005.
Former District Court Judge and Waitangi Tribunal member Richard Kearney died in Tauranga on 27 March 2005.Against advice and despite having a wife and three children to support, Richard Kearney began to study law part-time at the age of 27. Shortly after qualifying he joined the Gisborne firm of... More about Richard Kearney, 1930 - 2005.
By John Hanning, Bronwyn Maysmor and Rosemary Moore Vivien Angus was born into a family of the law, her father Quentin practising at Waikanae/Otaki and later in Wellington at the Railways Department. She was educated at Khandallah School, Onslow College and Victoria University. At these places and throughout her... More about Vivien Margaret Angus, 1958 - 2004.
Winifred Jardine, who died on 12 July 2004, was from Ngati One One, Te Poho O Rawiri, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngati Porou and also of Scottish heritage. She was a loved colleague and friend at Te Puni Kokiri.Winne was born in Wellington and grew up in the suburb... More about Winifred Jardine, 1955 - 2004.
After returning from war service Mr Jenkins studied law and was admitted to the Bar at Wellington High Court in the early 1950s. In 1955 he joined Lloyd Ellingham and Mr Dale as a partner at the firm of Atkinson Dale Ellingham & Jenkins.Lloyd Ellingham and Mr Jenkins were... More about Samuel (Dick) Richard Mason Jenkins, 1918-2004.
Former High Court Judge Sir Peter Quilliam died in Wellington on 17 February 2004. Born into a legal family, Sir Peter graduated LLB in 1943 and worked as a barrister and Crown solicitor in his home town of New Plymouth until appointed to the Supreme Court (later High Court)... More about Sir (James) Peter Quilliam, 1920 – 2004.
By Geoff Adlam Former Labour Party Defence Minister Frank O’Flynn QC, BA, LLB, LLM, died on 18 October 2003 aged 84. Instrumental in developing New Zealand’s nuclear-free policies, Mr O’Flynn was also the first (and only) lawyer to sue National Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon successfully on behalf of... More about Rt Hon Francis Duncan O’Flynn QC, 1918 - 2003.
Barrister and University of Canterbury Professor Gerald Orchard died of a brain tumour on 19 January 2003. He was aged 58. A Canterbury graduate, Professor Orchard was also the law school’s dean for 13 years until 2001. Born in Christchurch on 22 November 1944, Gerry Orchard was educated at... More about Gerald Orchard, 1944 – 2003.
Environment Court judge John Treadwell died in Wellington on 14 August 2003 after a brief illness following heart surgery. Born in Wanganui in 1933, he was Chair of the Special Town and Country Planning Appeal Board in 1972, then sat on the Planning Tribunal and became an Environment Court... More about Judge John Treadwell, 1933 – 2003.
Former chief executive of the Council of Legal Education and retired army colonel, Graeme Law MBE, died in Wellington on 11 September 2003 following a short illness. Colonel Law completed a BA/LLB at Victoria University in the 1950s while serving in the Territorials. After practising in Wellington, he joined... More about Colonel Graeme Burnet MacKenzie Law MBE, 1933 – 2003.
Former Director of Standards for the New Zealand Law Society, Captain Eric Deane OBE, died of cancer at the end of August. Eric gained his legal qualifications while in the Navy, often studying in difficult conditions while on service at sea, and later served as the first full-time Director... More about Captain Eric Deane OBE, 1936 – 2003.
By Geoff Adlam Barrister and former MP Trevor de Cleene died in Tauranga on 22 April 2001 aged 68.Born in Palmerston North on 24 March 1933 to William and Mary de Cleene, he was educated at Palmerston North Boys’ High School. His family was not well off and his... More about Trevor Albert de Cleene OBE, 1932 - 2001.
Wellington lawyer Shirley Parr died on 1 March 2002, just one year short of her goal of 50 years in practice. After fighting for equal recognition while studying law at Victoria University, including the right to attend the law students’ annual dinner, Shirley Robson (as she was then) was... More about Shirley Anne Parr, 1928 – 2002.
One of New Zealand’s most distinguished jurists, Dr Colin Aikman, died in Wellington in December 2002. Dr Aikman, who had an LLM from Victoria University and PhD from the London School of Economics, worked for the Department of External Affairs, the forerunner to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and... More about Dr Colin Aikman, 1919 - 2002.
The doyen of town planning and resource management law, Tony Hearn QC died on 10 June 2002 in Christchurch just months after celebrating 50 years in practice. Born in Christchurch on 24 February 1926, Tony Hearn studied at Victoria University and Canterbury University, and graduated with an LLB in... More about Antony Hearn QC, 1926 – 2002.
by Jim Boyack A former senior partner in the Auckland firm Bowen, Roche & Hill, Maurice Bowen, died peacefully in April 2002 after a long illness. He was 75. He is remembered by the profession for his very dry sense of humour, unfailing courtesy and devotion both to the... More about Maurice Bowen, 1927 - 2002.
Richard Heron, who retired as a High Court judge in December 2001, died on 30 March 2002, aged 65.Born in Wellington on 22 December 1936, he was educated at Rongotai College (although his father - Harold Heron - was principal of Wellington College). He graduated LLB from Victoria University... More about Justice Richard Alexander Heron, 1936 – 2002.
Thomas Ennis, former partner of AJ Park & So, died in October 2002 at the age of 93. He was part of AJ Park for 65 years – 50 as a partner in the firm. He finished his law degree in 1929 and qualified as a patent attorney in... More about Thomas Ennis, 1909 - 2002.
By Geoff Adlam Barrister and former MP Trevor de Cleene died in Tauranga on 22 April 2001 aged 68.Born in Palmerston North on 24 March 1933 to William and Mary de Cleene, he was educated at Palmerston North Boys’ High School. His family was not well off and his... More about Trevor Albert de Cleene, 1932 - 2001.
Bryan Vickerman died on 30 March 2001 at the age of 90. A week earlier he was still working five days a week as a consultant with McGrath Vickerman Campbell.Admitted to the bar in April 1932, he was the oldest practising lawyer in Wellington, and one of the oldest... More about Bryan Nelson Vickerman, 1910 - 2001.
By Craig Stevens Anyone who doesn't think that, at the very least, Bruce Bornholdt was a real character, must be at the wrong funeral! I always think of Bruce with great affection, but also as a likeable rogue.Bruce was forthright to the point of, at times, being offensive. Many... More about Bruce Bornholdt, 1933 - 2001.
By Peter Verboeket Brent Porter died on 20 March 2001 at the age of 33 after a long illness. I first met Brent only a few years ago, but as I got to know him I found many things to respect and admire.Brent was not pushy, loud or aggressive... More about Brent Patrick Porter, 1967 - 2001.
Former Christchurch lawyer and judge in Hong Kong, Ross Penlington, has died in Taupo aged 70. Born in Christchurch he graduated LLB from the University of Canterbury and practised in his father’s (Cedric Penlington) firm, Harper Pascoe & Co. In 1959 he went to Western Samoa as a legal... More about Ross Penlington, 1931 - 2001.
Former Family Court Judge Haddon Gilbert has died in Rotorua aged 69. Mr Gilbert graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1955 and practised law in New Plymouth until he was appointed a stipendiary magistrate in 1976. In 1985 he moved to Rotorua as a Family Court Judge until... More about Haddon Gilbert, 1932 - 2001.
Sir Jack Rumbold QC, who died in London in December 2001 aged 81, had a career which included being a principal legal adviser to British colonies gaining independence in Africa and president of the industrial tribunals of England and Wales. Born in Reefton in 1920, he graduated LLB from... More about Sir Jack Rumbold QC, 1920 - 2001.
Former Otago University law professor Alexander Szakats died on 1 July 2001 aged 86. Dr Szakats was born in Budapest on 14 February 1915. He came to New Zealand as a refugee in 1951 after escaping from a Yugoslavian detention camp where he had been detained on suspicion of... More about Sandor (“Alexander”) Szakats, 1915 - 2001.
Ten days after clearing out his office at the beginning of August and handing over responsibility for his remaining clients – and so bringing to a close 123 years of history – Dunedin lawyer Fred Duncan died quietly at home. The firm known these days as Frederick L Duncan... More about Frederick Duncan, 1918 - 2001.
One of the last solicitors in New Zealand to have trained by correspondence rather than university died in Greymouth recently. Cyril Redmond McGinley, who retired from pioneer law firm Hannan & Seddon at age 86, died just before his 91st birthday. Born in 1910, Cyril McGinley joined the firm... More about Cyril Redmond McGinley, 1910 - 2001.
New Zealand’s oldest practitioner Laurie Schnauer died in Auckland on 6 October 2001 aged 93. His last morning at work was on the Wednesday, just three days before his death. Educated at Auckland Grammar and Auckland University, Laurie Schnauer was admitted in 1931 and began practice at Brookfield Prendergast... More about Laurie Schnauer, 1908 - 2001.
Described, in relation to his political views, by The Independent newspaper in England as “a teenage revolutionary who never grew up”, barrister John Platts-Mills QC died on 30 October 2001 in England aged 95. The London-based New Zealand Lawyers’ Society held a memorial service for him on 24 January... More about John Platts-Mills QC, 1906 – 2001.
A former President of the Court of Appeal, Sir Thaddeus McCarthy died in Wellington on 11 April 2001 aged 93. He was born in Napier on 24 August 1907 and educated at St Bede's College in Christchurch. Orphaned by the age of 14, extended family support enabled "Thaddy" to... More about Sir Thaddeus McCarthy ONZ, 1907 - 2001.
Long-serving Bell Gully partner Herman Strauss died on 26 May 2001 aged 94. Born in Germany, Dr Strauss originally graduated Doctor of Jurisprudence at Wuerzburg and qualfied in Germany in 1932. In 1951 he was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn and admitted in Kenya in 1953. Having... More about Herman Strauss, 1907 – 2001.
Former Hamilton barrister Kenneth Wardill, who died on 26 November 2001, was unusual in that he came to the law late in life after a long career in medicine. Born in England on 16 September 1927, he was educated at Dulwich College, London, Lodge School, Barbardos and Upper Canada... More about Kenneth Edwin Wardill, MB BS, DTM&H RCP and RCS, CRCS, FRCS, FRACS, LLM, 1927 – 2001.
by Colin Bright Justice Evan Prichard CBE, who died recently, is remembered as a fine lawyer and as a courteous, considerate, patient and fair judge, with a keen intellect and sound judgement. Born in Feilding in 1916, his secondary schooling was at Otago Boys’ High School and he graduated... More about Justice Evan Prichard CBE, 1916 – 2001.
Former Governor-General and Supreme Court judge Sir David Beattie died suddenly at his home in Upper Hutt on 4 February 2001. New Zealand Law Society President Christine Grice said Sir David was highly regarded within the legal profession. He was born in Sydney in 1924 but grew up in... More about Sir David Beattie, 1924 - 2001.
By Grant Pearson On 30 December 2000 we lost a colleague who held senior positions in private practice, commerce, and government, in the course of a distinguished career.The first part of Angela Satterthwaite's life was in Christchurch. She was educated at Rangiruru School, and later at the University of... More about Angela Jane Satterthwaite, 1936 - 2000.
By David Stevenson Les Paris died on 27 December 2000 aged 72.The large framed certificate from the University of New Zealand in his office tells us that Les Paris graduated with an LLB in 1953 - his friend from Wellington College days, Spencer Smith, tells me that Les was... More about Leslie Paris, 1928 - 2000.
The partners and staff of Barltrop Graham, Feilding, are saddened to report the passing on 8 October 2000 at the age of 70 of a friend and colleague, Rod Chisnall.Rod worked for many years in the Feilding area as a general practitioner. Most of those years were spent as... More about Roderick Waring Chisnall, 1930 - 2000.
By LJMB Lyn Papps died at Waikanae on 22 August 2000 aged 80 years. Cruelly affected by a stroke in his later years, he had been out of the profession and off the commercial scene for a decade. While his passing has commanded obituaries in the major newspapers, it... More about Lyndsay Mason Papps CMG, 1919 - 2000.
By Paul Barnett Roger Guy died on 22 May 2000 aged 49. Roger was born in Wellington on 22 May 1951. He studied law at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating in 1972.On graduation he worked as a law clerk with the old and reputable firm of Perry Wylie Pope... More about Roger Duncan Guy, 1951 - 2000.
Founder and chair of REAL, Martin Strong, died unexpectedly on 18 November 2000 aged 61 – ironically the day after the Minister of Justice announced the long-awaited reforms to conveyancing, real estate selling and the Law Practitioners Act. Martin Strong studied law at Victorial University of Wellington and worked... More about Martin Strong, 1939 – 2000.
Maurice O’Brien, who edited the New Zealand Law Reports from 1991 to 1998, died in Wellington on 13 December 2000 aged 71. Born in Wellington on 21 July 1929, he was educated at St Patrick's College, Silverstream before attending Victoria University College in Wellington where he graduated LLB in... More about Maurice James O’Brien QC, 1929 - 2000.
The man who created what is now known as the Disputes Tribunal and instigated the duty solicitor scheme, fomer Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Dr Martyn Finlay QC, died in January 1999 aged 87. Allan Martyn Finlay was born in Dunedin on 1 January 1912. He attended Otago Boys'... More about Martyn Finlay QC, 1912 - 1999.
This obituary is based on the eulogy Bob Narev gave at Stuart Ennor’s funeral. New Zealand Law Society counsel and legal adviser for the last 20 years, Stuart Ennor died last month in Auckland aged 73. Born in Auckland, Stuart Ennor began part-time studies in law when he was... More about Stuart Ennor, 1926 – 1999.
by Chief Judge TG Goddard It is with great sadness that the judges of the Employment Court learned of the passing of their former leader in the Labour Court, the late Chief Judge Jack Horn. He retired from the Labour Court as its Chief Judge on 31 August 1989,... More about Chief Judge Jack Raymond Poppleton Horn, 1917 - 1999.
by John Katz QC It is always a tragedy when a sitting judge of the High Court dies in office. It is all the more so when that happens just two years after appointment. The late Justice Giles was appointed to the High Court bench on 6 March 1997... More about Justice Bradley Harle Giles, 1944 – 1999.
by Rebecca Kitteridge John Fowler, a senior associate at Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Wellington, died on 20 July 1998 at the age of 32, after a long illness. John attended St Patrick’s College in Wellington from 1979 to 1983, at which time he developed his love of language,... More about John Fowler, 1966 - 1998.
by Ian Cameron Laurence Michael O’Reilly, who died on 15 January 1998, was a practising barrister and solicitor until appointed the Commissioner for Children in 1994. After his primary and secondary school education in his home town of Timaru, he attended the University of Canterbury, studying part-time and completing... More about Laurence Michael O’Reilly, 1942 – 1998.
by Marie Dyhrberg When Tuarangi Michael Junior – Tua – died at Auckland Hospital on 12 October, one month before his 28th birthday, following a tragic accident, the profession lost a promising young lawyer and a superb role model. Tua graduated from Waitakere College in 1988 and went on... More about Tuarangi Michael Junior, 1970 - 1998.
Former New Zealand Law Society Vice-President (1954-56) and Council member, Sir Alec Haslam, who died in Christchurch in April 1997, aged 93, was a judge of the old Supreme Court from 1957 until his retirement in 1976. He was knighted in 1974. Born in Carterton on 10 February 1904,... More about Sir Alec Leslie Haslam, 1904 - 1997.
High Court judge and former New Zealand Law Society Vice President Justice Paul Temm died in Auckland last month aged 66.Appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1971 he appeared on six occasions before the Privy Council. His electoral petition in 1978 which won Winston Peters the Hunua seat, effectively launched... More about Justice Paul Temm, 1931 - 1997.
Judge John Bathgate died suddenly in June 1997 while taking an early morning walk along the beach at Mahanga. He had been in ill health for some years and, indeed, had coped cheerfully and determinedly with indifferent health for much of his life. John Bathgate was born at Hastings... More about Judge John Duncan Bathgate, 1934 – 1997.
Charles Pierrepont Hutchinson – believed to be the country’s oldest Queen’s Counsel – died in Auckland on 5 August 1997 aged 91. Born in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom, Mr Hutchinson immigrated to New Zealand in 1925, working as a farmer until he became a law student in 1936.... More about Charles Pierrepont Hutchinson QSO, MBE, QC, 1906 - 1997.
by Leslie Evans Judge Philip Evans died on 6 August 1997, aged 50 years. Judge Evans was resident at the Rotorua District Court. When off the bench he exercised a passion for aviation. Philip Evans had practised law in Wellington. As a partner at Gault Mitchell & Co he... More about Judge Philip Evans, 1947 - 1997.
Judge Richardson always presided magisterially at the Papakura District Court. Like some latter day colossus from the Roman era he cut an imposing figure with his almost bald pate and piercing brown eyes. He made his name in the 1950s as an advocate for the striking dockers and later... More about Judge Kenneth Lloyd Richardson, 1928-1996.
by Brian Fay Neil Williamson, High Court Judge, born 1938 at Christchurch, died 15 February 1996 at Auckland, aged 57. Catholic, Husband, Father, Friend, Lawyer, Judge – a few words which give some insight into the man, Neil William Williamson, whose untimely death occurred recently. Neil, as he was... More about Justice Neil William Williamson, 1938 – 1996.
by Judge Fergus Paterson Sir Desmond Sullivan died unexpectedly but peacefully at his home in Whites Line East, Lower Hutt, on 7 September 1996 aged 76 years. He and Lady (Phyl) Sullivan had moved there from their family home in Seatoun Heights when he retired in 1985. Their lovely... More about Sir Desmond Sullivan, 1920 – 1996.
by Judge Finnigan, Employment Court Judge Derek Castle died in Wellington on 15 November 1995. He was appointed nearly 16 years ago to what was then the Arbitration Court, later to become the Labour Court and then the Employment Court. I shared with him the distinction of presiding in... More about Judge Derek Sydney Castle, 1925 – 1995.
High Court Judge John Rabone died in Timaru Hospital late last month. He had been ill since suffering a heart attack earlier that month while on circuit in Timaru. Justice Rabone had been a District Court judge in the Wellington region until October 1994 when he was appointed to... More about John David Rabone, 1938 - 1995.
New Zealand lost one of its foremost commercial lawyers when Paul Darvell died on 7 November 1995 aged 48 years. Paul was born in Wellington, and educated at Wellington College and Victoria University. He initially worked as a solicitor for Chapman Tripp & Co before going to Auckland in... More about Paul Darvell, 1947 – 1995.
Former President of the Canterbury District Law Society and member of the NZLS Council, Victor Gerald Spiller, died in Christchurch in July, aged 86.He had been awarded an MBE in 1977 in recognition of his services to sport, the community and law.Mr Spiller was admitted as a solicitor of... More about Victor Gerald Spiller MBE, 1909 - 1995.
by Alan Ritchie Walter Mervyn Rodgers was the New Zealand Law Society’s Secretary-General from 1971, coming to Wellington from his legal practice in Invercargill. He served as Secretary-General under seven Presidents – Denis McGrath, Stanley Ton, Guy Smith, Lester Castle, Laurie Southwick QC, Tom Eichelbaum QC and Bruce Slane.... More about Walter Mervyn Rodgers, 1925 - 1994.
by Sue Richards The successful grafting of the Scandinavian Ombudsman concept on to New Zealand’s Westminster system of government can fairly be attributed to the personal skills and qualities of New Zealand’s first Ombudsman, Sir Guy Powles. Under his wise stewardship from 1962 until his retirement in 1977, the... More about Sir Guy Richardson Powles, KBE, 1905 - 1994.
Christchurch practitioner Keith Hadfield died last month, aged 63. A member of the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal from November 1985 to 1991, he was also actively involved in district law society affairs. He was admitted to the partnership of Papprill Frampton in 1961 and acted for a... More about Keith Hadfield, 1931 - 1994.
Judge John Hamilton Hall, formerly a permanent judge of the Otahuhu District Court, died in Auckland in April 1994 aged 68. Born in Carterton and educated at Wellington College and Victoria University of Wellington, he later joined the British Colonial Service, holding various posts in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in... More about John Hamilton Hall, 1925 - 1994.
Justice Neil Williamson of Christchurch delivered the following eulogy at the funeral of his “judicial father” Sir Clinton Roper who died in March 1994. Who could capture in words the combination of personal characteristics which made Clin such a loved and respected man? Yesterday, Nicola summed up her father... More about Sir Clinton Roper, 1918 – 1994.
Jim Glasgow died on 17 August 1994, aged 88. The year before he had retired from long-established Nelson law firm Glasgow Harley and was honoured on 31 March 1993 with a Nelson District Law Society bar dinner as Nelson's longest-serving lawyer.Mr Glasgow was admitted to the bar in 1932... More about William James Glasgow, 1906 – 1994.
The elder statesman of New Zealand’s legal fraternity, Maxwell Rae Grierson, OBE, died in Auckland on 10 June 1994 aged 93. A founding partner of Simpson Grierson Butler White, he was the Commonwealth’s oldest legal practitioner and was in his office just a week before his death working on... More about Maxwell Rae Grierson OBE, 1900 - 1994.
Former Wellington lawyer and honorary life member of the Wellington District Law Society, Eric Hogg, died in January 1994 aged 96. A Wellington College pupil and graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, Mr Hogg began legal practice with the firm of Luke and Kennedy in 1920. In 1928 he... More about Eric Hogg, 1897 - 1994.
Roger Lloyd Maclaren, appointed as a District Court Judge in December 1992, died in Auckland in June 1993, aged 58. Judge Maclaren was born in Christchurch in 1935. He graduated LLB from Canterbury University in 1959 and was admitted to the bar in 1960. In 1976 he went into... More about Roger Lloyd Maclaren, 1935 - 1993.
Those who knew Mary Moir Hussey who died aged 83 in Dunedin at the beginning of 1993 say she would have been horrified at the thought of people making a fuss in public about her. “She was a woman of extraordinary shyness and reserve. She preferred to stand in... More about Mary Moir Hussey, 1909 - 1993.
Sir Alexander Turner, a former President of the Court of Appeal, died in Auckland earlier this month, aged 91. After his retirement as Court President in 1973, Sir Alexander, KBE, kept a critical eye on government legislation. Born in Auckland in 1901, he attended Auckland Grammar School and Auckland... More about Sir Alexander Turner, 1901 - 1993.
A reflection by Gary TurkingtonIn a quiet moment, I draw together my thoughts of Michael Bungay QC, advocate, friend, wit, writer, lover, raconteur – he was all those things and more. In an instant "gone down to the tongueless silence of the dreamless dust."So a reflection perhaps, before moving... More about Michael Anthony Bungay QC, 1934 - 1993.
by Richard Caughey Stanley Tong (known as Stan Tong to his friends) died at Auckland on 12 September 1993 aged 92, a day before his 93rd birthday. Stan was elected President of the New Zealand Law Society in 1971, an office he held for 3 years. Her Majesty The... More about Stanley Tong CBE, 1900 - 1993.
By Chris McVeigh To countless clients, long unremembered, he was Brian – or just occasionally, in a rush of invariably redundant affection, Briany (Briny?) or Mac. To scores of judges of varying ability and degrees of self-importance, he was Mr McClelland – but always said with an inflection that... More about Brian McClelland QC, 1920 – 1993.
by Sir Kenneth Keith Dr John Robson CBE, Secretary for Justice between 1960 and 1970 and Visiting Fellow and Director of Criminological Studies at Victoria University of Wellington from 1972 to 1980, died in Wellington on 17 September 1993, aged 84. He is survived by his wife Katherine and... More about Dr John Lochiel Robson CBE, 1909 – 1993.
by Colin Averill Members of the profession, particularly those who practised with him in Christchurch, will have learnt with sadness of the passing of Mr Justice Ralph Wylie, who died on Monday 11 May 1992 in Auckland following a short illness. He was aged 62. The late Judge was... More about Justice Ralph Wylie, 1930 – 1992.
Frank Wong, 1950 – 1992 Frank Wong, an experienced international negotiator for the Ministry of External Relations and Trade, has died in Wellington aged 41. Born in Gisborne, Frank attended Gisborne Boys’ High School, and graduated LLB(Hons) from Auckland University in 1973. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs... More about Frank Wong, 1950 – 1992.
Former magistrate Nowell Montgomerie Izard died in Wellsford recently, aged 85. He was appointed a magistrate in 1958 and began on the Bench in Christchurch. Wanganui born and educated, Mr Izard studied for bachelors and masters degrees in law at Cambridge University in Britain and was admitted to the... More about Nowell Montgomerie Izard, 1907 - 1992.
Kenneth Headifen, a former Christchurch and Nelson District Court Judge, died at his Nelson home in December 1992 aged 71. At the time of his retirement in 1987, Judge Headifen, QSO, was the longest-serving of all District Court judges, having been on the bench 24 years. Wellington-born and educated,... More about Kenneth Harold James Headifen QSO, 1921 - 1992.
Former Commonwealth Judge Sir Campbell Wylie has died in Auckland, aged 87. Born in Dannevirke on 14 May 1905 and educated there, then at Auckland Grammar School and Victoria University in Wellington, Sir Campbell graduated in law in 1928 and practised at Kaikohe until the Second World War. He... More about Sir Campbell Wylie, 1905 - 1992 .
The son of high country sheep farmers, Derrick McLeod was born in Timaru in 1925. He attended Timaru Boys’ High School where he was a member of the 1st Cricket XI which he captained for two years, and played representative cricket at sub-union level. In his final year at... More about Derrick McLeod, 1925 – 1991.
Prominent Christchurch solicitor John Fox died recently, aged 52. John Fox was one of the leading members of the legal profession in Christchurch. Quiet and very definite, he developed his opinions meticulously and with total sincerity. He attended Opawa Primary School and then Waitaki Boys’ High School as a... More about John Fox, 1939 – 1991.
By Chris Walshaw This tribute to the late FG Opie by Manawatu District Law Society President Chris Walshaw was presented at a special sitting of the High Court in Palmerston North on 14 March 1991, presided over by the Hon Mr Justice McGechan.May it please Your Honour. This is... More about Frank George Opie, 1903 - 1990.
Douglas Alexander Wilson died at Wellington on 14 September 1990 at the age of 38 years. Born in Wainuiomata, he was brought up in Borneo and the Cook Islands as well as New Zealand and completed his secondary schooling at Waitaki Boys’ High School. He graduated in law with... More about Douglas Alexander Wilson, 1952 – 1990.
By Craig Thompson Warwick Flaus died on 7 January 1989 after an illness extending over 18 months. At the age of 39 he had much still to contribute to the law, society and his family. He cared deeply about all three.He held the degrees of BA and LLB(Hons) from... More about Warwick Flaus, 1949 - 1989.
by Colin Clere Jim Larsen served as Crown Prosecutor for the Wellington District from 1969 until his death from cancer on 31 March 1989, at the age of 53. He was born in Levin on 25 April 1935, and educated at Horowhenua College and Victoria University of Wellington. Jim... More about James Hugh Cassidy Larsen, 1935 - 1989.
Stephen Crosby died in Gisborne on 16 August 1988 after a brief illness. He was aged 46. The Gisborne District Law Society has lost one of its most competent and popular members. The high regard in which he was held by his fellow practitioners was evidenced by the number... More about Stephen Thomas Crosby, 1941 – 1988.
John Herman von Dadelszen, a highly respected Hawke’s Bay practitioner, died in Hastings on 5 July 1988 aged 75, after over 50 years’ practice of law. Mr von Dadelszen was President of the Hawke’s Bay District Law Society in 1965 and 1966 but had also served the community in... More about John Herman von Dadelszen, 1913 - 1988.
Charles Stewart Thomas OBE, a well-known Christchurch criminal lawyer and past President of the Canterbury District Law Society, died in April 1988 at the age of 99. Brian McClelland QC, a former “pupil” of Mr Thomas, delivered the following address at a special sitting of the High Court in... More about Charles Stewart Thomas OBE, 1889 – 1988.
By Gordon Caldwell The recent death of Mr Tom Cunningham at Kandahar Masterton on 3 August 1987 aged 82 marked the end of a long and distinguished legal career which spanned some 58 years.Mr Cunningham, one of a family of seven, was born in 1905 in Waikouaiti and subsequently... More about Thomas (Tom) Allan Cunningham, 1905 - 1987.
By JT Eichelbaum Mr Ronald Williams Baird, for many years the senior partner of the firm now known as Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young, and latterly a sole practitioner, died suddenly on 21 July 1987, at the age of 69.After attending Rongotai College and Victoria University, where he gained distinction... More about Ronald Williams Baird OBE, 1918 - 1987.
Lester Castle, President of the New Zealand Law Society from 1974 to 1977, died on 26 November 1986. His untimely and unexpected death was a shock to all those who knew him. It was only relatively recently that Lester Castle was appointed Chief Ombudsman and the profession as a... More about Lester John Castle CMG, 1921 – 1986.
Shortly after moving to Taupo, Wellington District Law Society’s first full-time secretary Frances Parker died.Miss Parker was assistant secretary and secretary of the society for nearly 28 years. She started in 1958 as assistant secretary to both the Wellington and New Zealand Law Societies. Six months later New Zealand... More about Vera Frances Macdonald Parker QSM, 1916 - 1986.
Former High Court Judge the Hon Peter Mahon QC died in Auckland in August 1986. Mr Mahon, 62, spent 15 years with the Crown Solicitor’s office in Christchurch and became Crown Solicitor in 1957. He conducted three appeals before the Privy Council’s judicial committee and in 1971 was made... More about Hon Peter Mahon QC, 1924 – 1986.
By Tim Blennerhassett Denis McGrath died at Wellington on 14 June 1986, just before his 76th birthday.Born in 1910, he was the eldest of three sons of John Joseph McGrath, one of many West Coasters who made their mark in the capital and of whom memorable tales are still... More about Denis McGrath CBE, 1910-1986.
Tony Keesing died on 17 February 1986. Those who didn’t know Tony may pause to note only that he died three days prior to his 56th birthday, and that will be thought by most to be too young to die. I knew him from my first days as a... More about Anthony Gordon Keesing, 1930 – 1986.
Former Wellington District Law Society Council member Tony Keesing, 55, died in Wellington Hospital last month.Born in Wellington he went to Victoria University before moving to Auckland University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law.From Auckland he moved south to Hamilton and Invercargill and... More about Anthony (Tony) Gordon Keesing, 1930 - 1986.
A former senior stipendiary magistrate, Leonard Sinclair CBE, has died at Waipu, aged 83. Mr Sinclair served on the bench for 21 years. He also served as Chief Justice to the Tongan Government and chief magistrate in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. He was also chairman of the marriage... More about Leonard George Herston Sinclair CBE, 1902 – 1986.
Retired Accident Corporation deputy manager and former public trust solicitor John Brown has died.Starting his legal career with the Public Trust in 1950 John Brown was appointed Wellington office district solicitor in 1959 and six months later district solicitor in Invercargill.In 1963 he transferred to Auckland as district solicitor... More about John William Brown, 1930 - 1985.
By Paul Neazor QC Harry Arndt died in Wellington on 16 August 1985. There was a special sitting of the High Court in Number 1 courtroom at 10am on 6 September 1985 to mark his death. The judges who sat were the Chief Justice Sir Ronald Davison (presiding), Jeffries... More about Charles Henry (Harry) Arndt, 1905 - 1985.
The profession throughout New Zealand, and in particular the Wellington district, heard with great regret of the death of the Honourable Michael Bernard Scully, Senior Magistrate in Wellington from 1963 until his retirement in 1975.More affectionately known as Ben Scully, he had served as a Stipendiary Magistrate in Wellington... More about Hon Michael Bernard (Ben) Scully, 1906 - 1985.
Professor RQ Quentin-Baxter, Professor of Law at Victoria University of Wellington since 1968, died suddenly in Wellington on Tuesday 28 September 1984. He was a man of great wisdom and learning, particularly in international law and constitutional law. He leaves a very large gap. He will be greatly missed.Professor... More about Robert Quentin Quentin-Baxter, 1922 - 1984.
Prominent Wellington lawyer John Carrad died in Wellington in January 1984.A specialist in conveyancing, Mr Carrad had recently merged his practice with Messrs Bernie O'Donnell and Tony Southall under the name of Carrad, O'Donnell and Southall.He was also president of the University Cricket Club for over 50 years, and... More about John Albert Carrad, 1908 - 1984.
The death occurred recently in Wellington of George Maynard Murch, formerly a widely-known and well-respected commercial lawyer specialising in the co-operative dairy company field where his opinion and advice was sought throughout the country.He was born in Wanganui and educated at the Collegiate School. On completing his law professional... More about George Maynard Murch, 1903 - 1983.
The death occurred in February 1983 of Dr GL McLeod, a partner in Macalister, Mazengarb, Parkin & Rose, Wellington.Gordon McLeod was born in 1908 and was intensely proud of the fact that he established himself in life through his own efforts and without medical support.His first chosen profession was... More about Gordon L McLeod, 1908 - 1983.
Dean of the faculty of law at Auckland University, Professor John Frederick Northey, who died at the age of 63 in October 1983, gave more than three decades of service to the law school he joined as senior lecturer in 1951. The man who in 1971 became the first... More about John Frederick (“Jack”) Northey, 1920 - 1983.
Sir David Smith, former Supreme Court judge, who was outstanding among New Zealand judges for his wide range of interests, died in Wellington on 29 December 1982.At the comparatively early age of 40, Sir David was appointed to the Supreme Court bench. He was the second-youngest judge appointed to... More about Sir David Smith, 1888 - 1982.
Mr EF Page, formerly a partner in the legal firm of Perry, Wylie, Pope & Page, and latterly a consultant to the firm, died at Wellington on 1 August 1982. He was aged 67.Mr Page was born at Eketahuna in 1915. He began his legal career as a Judge's... More about Ellett Forbes Page, 1915 - 1982.
Well-known and highly respected Wellington judge, Chief Judge Raymond Douglas Jamieson, died late July. He was Chief Judge of the Arbitration Court until his retirement in 1979.On his retirement, he described his career as being "as varied as it is possible to have". Indeed, he had been involved in... More about Chief Judge Raymond Douglas Jamieson, 1906 - 1982.
Well-known Wairarapa lawyer Jock Hutchison died on 30 June 1982 after a long illness, which he never let stand in the way of his practise of law. He was aged 44.Son of Sir Douglas Hutchison, he was educated at Christ's College, and practised in the Wairarapa after gaining a... More about John Douglas (Jock) Hutchison, 1938 - 1982.
Derek Fels, a Dunedin practitioner, died in March 1982 aged 34. A notable contributor to Otago District Law Society affairs in recent years, Mr Fels was a member of the organising committees of both the Centennial Celebrations in 1979 and the successful 1981 New Zealand Law Society Triennial Conference... More about Derek G Fels, 1947 – 1982.
On 4 February 1982 the Invercargill District Court held a special sitting in memory of Frederick George Hall-Jones who died on 28 January, aged 90 years. Tributes were paid by JS Mee, President of the Southland District Law Society, and Judge EB Anderson, who presided. Mr Hall-Jones was a... More about Frederick George Hall-Jones OBE, 1891 – 1982.
Sir Douglas Hutchison, a former Supreme (now High) Court judge, died in Wellington on 21 July 1981, aged 86. After graduating from Victoria University with an LLB, Sir Douglas was admitted to the bar on 20 April 1920. He practised in Carterton and Christchurch prior to his appointment to... More about Sir James Douglas Hutchison, 1895 - 1981.
09 September 2015 John Fabian died suddenly in Melbourne, Australia in May 1981 aged 72. Mr Fabian was born in 1909 and studied law at Victoria University College, graduating LLB in 1933.He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1933 and worked in legal practice at the Napier... More about John Charles Kennedy Fabian SM, DFC, 1909 - 1981.
Allan Brassington, formerly of Christchurch, has died in Nelson aged 79. Graduating LLB from the then Canterbury University College, Mr Brassington was the founder and first secretary of the Canterbury College Law Students Society of which he later became president. Practising for many years in Christchurch until his retirement,... More about Allan Claudius Brassington, 1902 - 1981.
Bartholomew Sheehan, a former judge of the Maori Land Court, died recently in Rotorua aged 73. Born on 24 April 1908, Judge Sheehan graduated from Victoria University of Wellington, Judge Sheehan was admitted as a solicitor in 1931 and had a long experience of Maori Land Court work in... More about Bartholomew Sheehan OBE, 1908 - 1981.
Malcolm Astley, late of Blenheim and formerly a stipendiary magistrate of Auckland, died recently, aged 80. Mr Astley was admitted as a solicitor in 1927 and practiced in Dargaville, becoming a partner in the firm Astley and Worsley. During the Second World War he served in the 2nd NZEF,... More about Malcolm Cort Astley, 1900 - 1981.
Mr Laurie Laurenson, one of the most senior and respected members of the Palmerston North Bar, died on 8 October 1979 aged 81.Mr Laurenson, who practised law in Palmerston North for more than 60 years, was described by one of his partners, John McFarlane, as "a gentleman of real... More about Laurie Laurenson, 1898 - 1979.
Palmerston North lawyer Bill Alcock died on 13 September 1979 aged 58.Bill Alcock who was deeply involved in education and community groups in Palmerston North, practised on his own in Palmerston North.Bill Alcock was involved in cultural groups, especially the theatre, and was a founding member and past president... More about William Stanley Julius (Bill) Alcock, 1921 - 1979.
The death, on 9 June 1978 at the age of 72, of Mr JH Dunn marked the end of over seventy years connection between his family and the law of defamation.Mr Dunn, a member of the Wellington Society for over fifty years, was senior partner in the firm Alexander... More about James Hamilton Dunn, 1906 - 1978.
With the death at 87 of Mr AB Sievewright, another well known lawyer is lost to the city.Noted for his independent, resolute conduct of cases, Mr Sievewright spent 61 years in practice, and had been in retirement for only two years at his death. At the age of 80... More about Archibald Burnett Sievewright, 1890 - 1978.
The death occurred at Wellington on 24 November 1977 of Mr Donald William Foster at the age of 74.He was born in Stratford and educated at Wellington College and Victoria University and was admitted in June 1927. He practised in Wellington until the Second World War when he joined... More about Donald William Foster, 1903 - 1977.
Mr John Kevin Cullinane, a former Wellington District Law Society Council member, died in Greytown in September. He was born in Dannevirke in 1928, his family being early settlers in the southern Hawke's Bay where his father and member of his family were engaged in farming.Following his leaving school... More about John Kevin Cullinane, 1928 - 1977.
Mr Herbert Taylor, a leading Wellington lawyer for many years, died recently in his 79th year. He had practised law for 53 years, of which 50 were spent in Wellington, and was still active professionally until the day of his death.Born in Invercargill, Mr Taylor studied law at Victoria... More about Herbert Taylor, 1900 - 1978.
Sir Kenneth Gresson, former President of the Court of Appeal, died on 6 October 1974 in Christchurch.Sir Kenneth was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and completed his LLB at Canterbury College in 1917. He was admitted to the bar that year and went into legal practice in Christchurch. He... More about Sir Kenneth Gresson, 1891 – 1974.
“In no other profession do men know their colleagues more intimately and judge them more astutely. That Guy Smith should have reached the very summit of the organised profession is therefore the surest proof of his worth in the eyes of his brethren,” said the Chief Justice, Sir Richard... More about William Guy Smith, 1920 – 1974.
Mr James Gilmour, New Zealand’s first industrial magistrate, died in April 1974, aged 85. Admitted as a solicitor in 1915, Mr Gilmour later became registrar of the Arbitration Court until his appointment in 1938 as a special magistrate to handle industrial disputes. He became known throughout New Zealand as... More about James Alexander Gilmour, 1888 – 1974.
Mr Walter Birks, known affectionately to many people as “Tom Birks”, died in Rotorua on 3 February 1974. Stipendiary magistrate on the Rotorua circuit since 1969, he was previously Crown Prosecutor in Wellington for 12 years and, before that, assistant Crown Prosecutor under the late Sir William Cunningham. With... More about Walter Richard Birks, 1911 – 1974.
Mr Arthur Ongley has died in Palmerston North aged 92. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1906 and as a barrister in 1911. He practised in Palmerston North until a few years before his death. He was a former Crown Solicitor. Mr Ongley was prominent in sport, particularly... More about Arthur Montague Ongley OBE, 1882 – 1974.
By Sir Richard Wild A caricature of David Perry published in "Council Brief". David Perry, Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Society, was on the high seas returning from a holiday in Britain when Law Society President Allan Buxton's sudden death occurred in 1959, and he came home to... More about David Perry, 1896 - 1973.
The first Samoan to obtain a law degree in New Zealand, and the first to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor, Olive Nelson was the first woman to practise as a barrister and solicitor in Samoa.Olive Nelson was born in Samoa.Her mother was Rosabel Moors and her father... More about Olive Virginia Malienafau Nelson, 1917 - 1970.
By Geoff Adlam Geraldine Hemus was the fourth woman to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. Over a long life she was an active advocate for the rights of women and in the theosophical movement while carrying on a legal sole practice. She died in... More about Geraldine Marian Hemus, 1876 - 1969.
Harriette Joanna Vine was born in Dunedin on 6 April 1878 to English immigrants Edward and Sarah Vine. She attended Anderson's Bay School, and later Otago Girl's High School.At some stage after 1894, Harriette relocated with her family to Whanganui. The Wanganui Herald records her as having passed the... More about Dame Harriette Joanna Vine, 1878 - 1962.
By Sir Richard Wild QC The ninth New Zealand Law Society President, from 1954 to 1958, Timothy Cleary, was truly a remarkable man as all who knew him would agree. As with Humphrey O'Leary, his start in life was modest: his people were small farmers at Mangaweka.Modesty and self-efacement... More about Hon Sir Timothy Patrick Cleary, 1900 - 1962.
By Geoff Adlam James Sugden Hanna was Wellington’s senior stipendiary magistrate at his sudden death on 27 December 1960. He was aged 67 and had recently been discharged from Wellington Hospital where he had undergone an operation.Born in Palmerston North, he attended Palmerston North Boys’ High School and played... More about James Sugden Hanna SM, 1893 - 1960.
By Sir Richard Wild Allan Bruce Buxton who succeeded his friend Timothy Cleary [as New Zealand Law Society President] in 1958 was not an easy person to get to know. Behind a kindly eye, a natural courtesy and a guileless humour was a basically shy man who kept a... More about Allan Bruce Buxton, 1894 - 1959.
By Geoff Adlam Sir William Cunningham capped illustrious careers in the military and as Wellington Crown Prosecutor with Presidency of the New Zealand Law Society at the age of 67. He was knighted on his retirement from the role.Born in Wellington on 24 September 1883, to William Henry and... More about Sir William Henry Cunningham KBE DSO ED, 1883 - 1959.
By Sir David Smith Philip Brunskill Cooke was the glamour boy of the post World War I legal world in Wellington. He was born in 1893 at Palmerston North where his father was Crown Prosecutor. He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and at Victoria University College. He inherited... More about Philip Brunskill Cooke KC MC, 1893 - 1956.
By Sir David Smith Humphrey Francis O'Leary was born on 12 February 1886 in Redwoodtown in Marlborough's Wairau Valley. His father had a large family to support but Humphrey won scholarships and was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University College. He had an Irish gift of speech and... More about Sir Humphrey Francis O'Leary 1886 - 1953.
Charles Herbert Treadwell was born in Victoria in 1862 and was educated in Scotland before arriving in New Zealand in 1876, when his father, a Presbyterian minister, was called to a charge in Wanganui. Treadwell served articles with Borlase and Barnicoat, qualifying in 1883, when he was bracketed first... More about Charles Herbert Treadwell, 1862 - 1936.
The longest-serving New Zealand Law Society President, Sir Francis was a renowned jurist, one of our first King's Counsel, Crown solicitor, Attorney-General and the first New Zealand-born prime minister.WJ Gardner's profile in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography says he has been described as the outstanding lawyer in New... More about Rt Hon Sir Francis Henry Dillon Bell KC GCMG, 1851 - 1936.
By Sir Richard Wild Sir Alexander Gray was the fourth President of the New Zealand Law Society.Born of Scots parents at New Plymouth in 1860, Alexander Gray was educated in Wellington and entered the Crown Law Office as a cadet at the age of fourteen. Two years later he... More about Sir Alexander Gray KC, 1860 - 1933.
By Sir David Smith Sir Charles Perrin Skerrett was the fifth Chief Justice of New Zealand and the third President of the New Zealand Law Society. George Barton's biography in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography says Skerrett was born in India on 2 September 1863 and arrived in... More about Sir Charles Perrin Skerrett KC, KCMG, 1863 - 1929 .
By Geoff Adlam The first President of the New Zealand Law Society, Reid was also the first non-political holder of the role of Solicitor-General which he held for 25 years – the longest tenure ever. He was highly respected as an expert law draftsman and constitutional lawyer.Reid was born... More about Walter Scott Reid, 1839 - 1920.
Percy Henderson died on 15 November 1918 at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton of influenza while he was recovering from wounds received in action. He was aged 24. He is buried at Hamilton East Cemetery, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton. Percy was born at Blenheim on 23 May 1894. His parents were... More about Percy Bosomworth Henderson, 1894 - 1918.
Benson Wyman died of complications from influenza at Featherston Military Camp on 15 November 1918. He was aged 36. He is buried at Featherston Cemetery, Western Lake Road, Featherston. Benson was born on 22 December 1881. His parents were Alice Mary and William Henry Wyman, both of whom had... More about Benson Henry Wyman, 1881 - 1918.
Greymouth solicitor Claude Chalk died in Palmerston North hospital of complications from influenza on 14 November 1918. He was aged 28 and was in Awapuni Camp with the New Zealand Medical Corps. He is buried in Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North. Claude was born in Greymouth on 4 December... More about Claude Sinclair Chalk, 1889 - 1918.
Samuel Poole was killed in action at Le Quesnoy, France on 4 November 1918, one week before World War I ended. He was aged 34 and is buried at Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois, Nord, France. Samuel was born in Invercargill on 17 June 1884. His parents were Mary and... More about Samuel Joseph Poole, 1884 - 1918.
James Robertson died from pneumonia on 22 October 1918 while serving in France with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He was aged 33. He is buried at the Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. James was born in Dunedin on 8 May 1885. His parents were Bridget and James... More about James Robertson, 1885 - 1918.
Edmund Mahoney died on 9 October 1918 of wounds received fighting in France. He was aged 28. He is buried at Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, France.Edmund Edmund was born on 3 June 1888 in Auckland. His parents were Mary and William Mahoney. He attended Marist Brothers' School and Sacred... More about Edmund Justin Mahoney, 1888 - 1918.
Arthur MacDonald was killed in action at Le Cateau, France on 1 October 1918. He was aged 38. He is buried at Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. Arthur was born in Dunedin on 9 July 1881. He had one sister, who was older than him by three years. His... More about Arthur Douglas MacDonald, 1880 - 1918.
Charles Brown was killed in action at Le Cateau in France on 1 October 1918, just over one month before the end of World War I. He was aged 28. He is buried at Anneux British Cemetery in France. Charles was born in Auckland on 17 November 1889. His... More about Charles Raymond Brown, 1889 - 1918.
Eric Lyon was killed in action at Havrincourt, France on 29 September 1918. He was aged 29. He is buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, France. Eric was born in Wellington on 26 May 1889. His parents were Edith Mary and William Deans Lyon and he was the... More about Eric Lyon, 1889 - 1918.
Julian Brook died of wounds in France at the age of 28. He is buried at Adanac Military Cemetery in Miraumont, France. Julian was born on 9 July 1890 at Waipu to Julian and Mary Brook. His father was headmaster of Birkdale School, which he attended before going to... More about Julian Cornelius Brook, 1890 - 1918.
Arnold Thomson died of wounds received during fighting in France on 27 August 1918. He was aged 32. He is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, France.Arnold was born in Dunedin on 25 April 1886. His parents were Elizabeth Sarah and William Thomson. He attended Dunedin's Central School, before... More about Arnold Thomson, 1886 - 1918.
Charles Darling was killed in fighting around Bapaume in France on 26 August 1918. He was aged 32 and is buried at Vaulx Hill Cemetery in France. Charles was born in Dunedin on 14 May 1886. His parents were Harriet Walsingham and Charles Darling. His father was cable editor... More about Charles Darling, 1886 - 1918.
Athol Hart was killed in action in France on 21 August 1918, aged 27. He is buried at Hebuterne Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Athol was born in Auckland on 24 January 1891. His parents were Sarah and Edwin Thomas Hart. He had two younger brothers and his father was... More about Athol Thomas Hart, 1891 - 1918.
Charles Cook died of meningitis at the Royal Victoria Hospital in England on 2 May 1918. He was aged 35. He is buried at Reading Cemetery, Berkshire, England. Lieutenant Colonel Cook followed a successful legal practice with a distinguished military career in which he was twice mentioned in dispatches... More about Charles Frederick Denman Cook DSO, 1883 - 1918.
Eric Harper was killed in action in Palestine (now Israel) on 30 April 1918. He was aged 40. He was buried in the desert "about 10 miles north-east of Jericho". His name is on the Jerusalem Memorial, Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. A successful Christchurch lawyer, Harper was a member... More about Eric Tristram Harper, 1878 - 1918.
Colin Hally was killed in action fighting on the Somme in France on 6 April 1918. He was aged 25. He is buried at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, France. Colin was born on 24 June 1891 at Cambridge. His parents were Elizabeth and James Hally. His father was a... More about Colin Hally MC, 1892 - 1918.
Neil Russell was killed in action on 26 March 1918 at the Somme in France. He was aged 29. He is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France.Neil was born in Foxton on 30 March 1888. His parents were Mary Ellen and John Ruffell Russell. His father was... More about Neil Ruffell Russell, 1888 - 1918.
Magnus Larnach was killed in action on the Somme in France on 26 March 1918. He was aged 34. He is buried at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, France. Magnus was born in Dunedin on 15 April 1883. His parents were Isabella Scott and David Larnach JP. His father was... More about Magnus James Larnach, 1883 - 1918.
William Menzies was killed in action on 26 March 1918 at the Somme, France. He was aged 35. He is remembered on the Grevilliers (New Zealand) Memorial at Grevilliers British Cemetery. The memorial commemorates 450 New Zealand soldiers who died in fighting in the area during 1918 and who... More about William Greig Menzies, 1882 - 1918.
William Moore was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium on 14 November 1917. His grave is unknown and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium.Details of Moore's birth are unknown, but it is believed he was born in England about 1882. His... More about William Ernest Moore MC, c1882 - 1917.
Robert Spence was aged 38 when he was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium during the First Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 1917. A brilliant law student, he had built up a large litigation practice in Stratford before he enlisted in 1916.Robert was born in Woodstock on... More about Robert Spence, 1878 - 1917.
Hugh Forrest was killed in action during the New Zealand attack in the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 1917. He was aged 24. He is buried at New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.Hugh (known as Alec) was born in Wellington on 30 May 1893. His parents were Jessie... More about Hugh Alexander Forrest, 1893 - 1917.
Douglas Harle was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium on 4 October 1917. He was aged 24. He is buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, Belgium.Douglas was born in Dunedin on 4 June 1893. His parents were Margaret Jane and George Hutchinson Harle. His father worked... More about Douglas Allan Harle, 1893 - 1917.
Grahame Vial was killed in action while fighting at Ypres in Belgium on 25 September 1917. He was aged 22. He is buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium. Grahame was born in Sydney, Australia on 19 January 1895. His parents were Agnes and Herbert Vial. The family moved... More about Grahame George Vial, 1895 - 1917.
John Coradine was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on 3 August 1917. He was aged 29. His name is on the Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial in the Messines Ridge British Cemetery in Belgium.John, who was widely known as Jack, was born on 8 August 1887 in Timaru.... More about John Coradine, 1887 - 1917.
William Bell was killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres in Belgium on 31 July 1917. He was aged 33. His name is on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial at Ieper in Belgium, which lists over 54,000 soldiers whose graves are not known. Hal, as he was... More about William Henry Dillon Bell, 1884 - 1917.
Gerald Fell left a successful legal career to enlist in the Army. He was killed in action in Belgium on 7 June 1917, aged 36. He is buried at Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium. Gerald was born in Blenheim on 24 February 1881. His parents were Alfred George... More about Gerald Horton Fell, 1881 - 1917.
Samuel Arnold Atkinson was killed in action in Belgium on 5 June 1917. He was aged 42. He is buried at La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Hinaut, Belgium.Arnold (as he was known) was born at Nelson on 9 July 1874. His parents were Annie and Sir Harry Albert Atkinson.... More about Samuel Arnold Atkinson, 1874 - 1917.
Alfred Bishop was killed in action in France during the Arras Offensive on 12 May 1917. He was aged 34. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial in Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. The memorial contains the names of 35,000 servicemen who died in the region and who have no... More about Alfred Wedderburn Bishop, 1882 - 1917.
John Gordon McCallum died on 11 January 1917 of wounds received during an attack by the 15th New Zealand Camel Company on Turkish positions at Rafa in the Sinai Peninsula. He was aged 26. He is buried at the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.Gordon, as he was known,... More about John Gordon McCallum, 1890 - 1917.
Edwin Greatbatch died of wounds in France on 20 October 1916, aged 25. He is buried at Estaires Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Edwin was born in Ohaeawai in the Bay of Islands on 11 December 1890. His parents were Annie Cicely (nee Thomson) and Edwin Greatbatch. He was the... More about Edwin Percy Greatbatch, 1891 - 1916.
Leonard Liardet died of wounds received in fighting during the battle of Polygon Wood in France on 3 October 1916. He was aged 25. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Leonard was born on 22 January 1891 in Stratford. His parents were Effie Fowler and Harry... More about Leonard Maughan Liardet, 1891 - 1916.
Second Lieutenant Alfred Cowie was killed in action on 2 October 1916 at the Somme, France. He was aged 24. He is buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Alf was born at Fordell, Wanganui on 12 February 1892. His parents were Alice (nee Cranstone) and John... More about Alfred Cranstone Cowie, 1892 - 1916.
George Stewart died from wounds received during fighting on the Somme in France on 30 September 1916. He was aged 27. He is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l'Abbe, Somme, France.George was born at Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia on 16 January 1889. His parents were Henrietta Ferguson and James... More about George Macfarlane Stewart, 1889 - 1916.
Lewis Jardine was killed in the Battle of the Somme on 25 September 1916. He was aged 32. He is buried at Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, France.Lewis was born in Manchester, England on 9 December 1883. His parents, Catherine and John Ferguson Jardine, emigrated to New Zealand when Lewis and... More about Lewis Jardine, 1883 - 1916.
Frank Jones died of wounds received while fighting in France on 23 September 1916. He was aged 33. He is buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.Frank was born at Oamaru on 17 August 1883. His parents were Dorothy and George Jones. His father was editor and owner... More about Frank Jones, 1883 - 1916.
Kenneth Ambrose was serving with the New Zealand Machine Gun Corps when he was killed in action near Flers on the Somme in France on 15 September 1916. He was aged 24. He is buried at Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval, France. Born in Wellington on 14 November... More about Kenneth Duncan Ambrose, 1890 - 1916.
William Alexander was killed in action at the Somme in France on 14 July 1916. He was aged 23. He is buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France.William was born on 3 September 1893 at Mangapiko, Te Awamutu. His parents were Flora and Charles Alexander. His father was... More about William Moon Alexander, 1893 - 1916.
Keith Baker was killed in action on 9 July 1916 near Armentieres in France. He was aged 23. He is buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France. Keith was born in Auckland on 7 November 1892. His parents were Catherine Elizabeth and James Ebenezer Baker. The family moved... More about Aro Keith Baker, 1892 - 1916.
James Murdoch was killed in France while serving with the Royal Field Artillery on 3 July 1916. He was aged 35. He is buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France. James was born on 18 August 1880 in Wellington. His parents were Fanny and Hunter Henry Murdoch. His father had... More about James Hunter George Murdoch, 1880 - 1916.
Alister Thomson was killed in action during the battle of the Somme in France on 17 June 1916. He was aged 25. He is buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France. Alister was born at Petone on 28 December 1891. His parents were Florence and Alexander Thomson.... More about Alister McLean Thomson, 1891 - 1916.
Donald Eric MacKay died of wounds on 9 June 1916 during fighting at Armentieres. He was aged 26. He is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France.Eric (as he was known) was born at Woodstock on the West Coast of the South Island on 1 January 1890. His... More about Donald Eric Caithness MacKay, 1890 - 1916.
Neville Joyce died of wounds received in fighting in France on 8 June 1916. He was aged 23. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Neville was born in Invercargill on 14 August 1892. His parents were Florence Burfield and George Roderick Joyce. He attended Timaru... More about Neville Stanley Joyce, 1892 - 1916.
James Houlker died of wounds on the hospital ship Valdivia off Gallipoli on 10 August 1915. He was aged 35. He was buried at sea near Anzac Cove. His name is on the Lone Pine Memorial.James was born in Blackburn, Lancashire England on 17 May 1880. His parents were... More about James Houlker, 1880 - 1915.
George Mayne was killed in action at Gallipoli on 8 August 1915. He was aged 32. Where he is buried is unknown and he is remembered on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.George was born in Christchurch on 20 February 1883. His parents were... More about George Cuthbert Mayne, 1883 - 1915.
William Malone was killed in action during the assault on Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli on 8 August 1915. He was aged 56. His body was not recovered and he is remembered on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. William was born on 24 January... More about William George Malone, 1859 - 1915.
John Persse was killed in action at Gallipoli on 8 August 1915, aged 33. He is remembered on the Chunk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial at Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Turkey. John was born in Sycamore Lodge, Loughrea Gort, County Galway, Ireland on 6 May 1884. His parents were Mary Monahan... More about John Geoffrey Persse, 1884 - 1915.
George Tayler was killed during the battle for Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli on 8 August 1915. He was aged 25. His body was not recovered and his name is on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.George was born in Eltham on 4 February 1890.... More about George Washington Tayler, 1890 - 1915.
George Jackson died on 5 June 1915 from wounds received in fighting at Gallipoli. He was aged 25. He is buried at Ari Burnu Cemetery, Turkey. George was born in Wanganui on 31 June 1889. His parents were Ellen and George Ernest Jackson. He went to Wanganui Collegiate School... More about George Covell Jackson, 1889 - 1915.
Harry Northcroft was killed in action at Gallipoli on 19 May 1915. He was aged 26. He is buried at Walker's Ridge Cemetery, Turkey.Harry was born in Thames on 22 February 1889. He had two sisters and a brother. His parents were Margaret and Henry William Northcroft. His father... More about Henry Cuthbert Northcroft, 1889 - 1915.
Eric Burnard was aged 22 when he died of wounds at Gallipoli in 1915. He is buried at Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Cape Helles, Turkey.Born on 13 July 1893 in Dunedin, his parents were Sarah Louisa and Thomas James Burnard. His brother, LT Burnard, later practised as a lawyer in... More about Eric Mountjoy Burnard, 1893 - 1915.
Anthony Wilding was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium on 9 May 1915. He was aged 31. He is buried at Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l'Avoue, France. Anthony was born at Opawa in Christchurch on 31 October 1883. His parents were Julia Anthony and Frederick Wilding. They had emigrated... More about Anthony Frederick Wilding, 1883 - 1915.
Arthur Spedding was killed in action at Gallipoli on 2 May 1915 aged 23. His name is on the Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Turkey.Arthur was born on 7 March 1890 in Dunedin. His parents were Susan Margaret and Donald MacKenzie Spedding. His father was a well-known auctioneer... More about Arthur Vivian Spedding, 1890 - 1915.
Herman Baddeley was killed in action at Gallipoli during the landing on 25 April 1915, the first New Zealand lawyer to be killed in World War I. He was aged 23. His body was never found and his name is on the Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery in... More about Herman Stuart Baddeley, 1891 - 1915.
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