New Zealand Law Society - Luke Cunningham Clere appoints new Partner

Luke Cunningham Clere appoints new Partner

Luke Cunningham Clere has announced that Steve O’Connor has joined the Partnership.

Steve O'Connor

Steve is a civil and criminal litigator with particular experience in criminal and regulatory enforcement litigation and public law. Steve advises and represents government departments and regulatory bodies such as the Department of Internal Affairs, Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Disabled People | Whaikaha, the SPCA, and the Financial Markets Authority. 

Steve has acted on major class action litigation and private prosecutions. He has been involved in public commissions of inquiry, including the UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the ongoing NZ Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. He has previously acted and provided advice in respect of professional disciplinary investigations, regulatory enforcement action by the FMA, Department of Corrections, Electricity Authority, and UK-based regulators. 

Before joining LCC Steve worked at the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor for a total of five years. Steve also worked in the United Kingdom for the Financial Conduct Authority’s Enforcement and Market Oversight team, and conducted judicial review proceedings on behalf of the UK Home Secretary in respect of human rights, asylum seekers, and victims of trafficking claims.