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Pipitea Chambers established in Wellington

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Christopher Stevenson and Elizabeth Hall have established Pipitea Chambers in Thorndon Quay, Wellington.

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Christopher Stevenson. 

Christopher Stevenson specialises in criminal law and appears as defence counsel in serious trials. He is also a senior appellate lawyer – appearing in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council.

Christopher is experienced in proceedings before the Coroners Court, professional disciplinary tribunals, and has conducted complex civil litigation.

Christopher is a member of New Zealand and American defence lawyers associations and has presented on behalf of the New Zealand Law Society.

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Elizabeth Hall. 

Elizabeth Hall specialises in criminal law. She has appeared in all courts within the New Zealand jurisdiction including the Privy Council and the Supreme Court.

Elizabeth is a contributing author to a leading criminal law text, is a faculty member of the Litigation Skills programme and a committee member for NZLS Wellington branch and the Criminal Bar Association.

Elizabeth has been the sole prosecutor for Wellington for the SPCA since 2010 on a pro-bono basis.

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Jo Hughson. 

Jo Hughson specialises in professional regulation, complaints and discipline, health law and civil/administrative law litigation.

Jo has many years’ experience in professional disciplinary litigation including as a prosecutor, and as counsel in associated judicial review and appeal proceedings.

She has been the Chair of the Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal since 2015 and chaired Complaints Assessment Committees under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008from 2009 to 2011.

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Julia Spelman. 

Julia Spelman of Ngāti Hikairo descent, is an employed barrister to Elizabeth Hall. Graduating with a first class Honours degree in Law,

Julia was admitted to the Bar in 2012. After two years as a Judge’s clerk, Julia worked on criminal justice issues overseas before returning to New Zealand to work as a defence lawyer.

Julia is the Chair of JustSpeak, a youth-based criminal justice advocacy organisation.  

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Peter Ross. 

Peter Ross has practised law in the Wellington region since being admitted to the bar in 2011, and regularly appears in all Courts.

He specialises in criminal law, and has a successful trial and appellate practice.

Peter also has experience in Family Court and civil litigation.