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Famous Lawyers from New Zealand

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List of notable or famous lawyers from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top lawyers born in New Zealand and even some popular lawyers who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi lawyers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These lawyers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known lawyer from New Zealand is included when available.

Examples of people on this list include Charles Chauvel and Bill Hastings.

This historic lawyers from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi lawyers of note?" and "Who are the most famous lawyers from New Zealand?" These prominent lawyers of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi lawyers.

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Alfred Brandon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Alfred Brandon
Dec. at 84 (1854-1938)
Alfred de Bathe Brandon (12 December 1854 – 30 July 1938) was the Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand in 1894.Brandon was the son of Member of Parliament Alfred Brandon. He married Louisa Kebbell, ...more
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Alfred Hindmarsh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Dec. at 58 (1860-1918)
Alfred Humphrey Hindmarsh (18 April 1860 – 13 November 1918) was a New Zealand politician, lawyer and unionist. He died in the 1918 influenza epidemic.
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Anand Satyanand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 74
Sir Anand Satyanand (born 22 July 1944) is a former lawyer, judge and ombudsman who served as the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand from 2006 to 2011. He was chair of the Commonwealth ...more
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Arthur Guinness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Dec. at 67 (1846-1913)
Sir Arthur Robert Guinness (11 January 1846 – 10 June 1913) was a New Zealand politician, and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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Arthur Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Arthur Rhodes
Dec. at 63 (1859-1922)
Arthur Edgar Gravenor Rhodes (20 March 1859 – 26 December 1922) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament and Mayor of Christchurch.
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Barry Brill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 79
Barry Edward Brill (born 22 October 1940) is a New Zealand politician and a lawyer. Brill was a parliamentary under-secretary in the Third National Government from 1978 to 1981. He is a climate ...more
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Bill Barnard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Bill Barnard
Dec. at 72 (1886-1958)
William Edward Barnard (29 January 1886 – 12 March 1958) was a New Zealand lawyer, politician and parliamentary speaker. He was a member of Parliament from 1928 until 1943, and was its Speaker ...more
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Bill Hastings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
William Kenneth Hastings was New Zealand's tenth Chief Censor, from October 1999 to July 2010. He was Chairperson of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal from July 2010 until February 2013, ...more
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Charles Chauvel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 49
Charles Pierre Chauvel (born 16 April 1969) serves with the United Nations Development Programme and is a New Zealand lawyer and former New Zealand politician who was a Labour List member ...more
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Charles Skerrett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Charles Skerrett
Dec. at 66 (1863-1929)
Sir Charles Perrin Skerrett (2 September 1863 – 13 February 1929) was the fifth Chief Justice of New Zealand, from 1926 to 1929. He was born in India. His father Peter Perrin Skerrett was born ...more
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Charles Statham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Dec. at 71 (1875-1946)
Sir Charles Ernest Statham (10 May 1875 – 5 March 1946) was a New Zealand politician, and the ninth Speaker of the House of Representatives, from 1923 to 1935.
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Chester Borrows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 61
Kerry James "Chester" Borrows (born 20 June 1957) was a National Party member of the New Zealand Parliament from 2005 to 2017. In July 2018 he was appointed head of the Safe and ...more
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Christopher Harder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 71
Christopher Harder (born 1948 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a lawyer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Harder is a well known criminal lawyer in New Zealand with a penchant for ...more
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Colin Beyer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Colin Beyer
age 81
Colin Andrew Nielsen Beyer (10 September 1938 – 21 August 2015) was a New Zealand lawyer. He was a partner and then consultant with Simpson Grierson in Wellington. Also prominent businessman ...more
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Dail Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 74
Dail Michael John Jones (born 7 July 1944) is a New Zealand politician. He has been a member of the New Zealand First party, and was formerly in the National Party.
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David Lange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Dec. at 63 (1942-2005)
David Russell Lange ( LONG-ee; 4 August 1942 – 13 August 2005) was a New Zealand politician who served as the 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. A lawyer by profession, Lange ...more
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David Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
David Parker
age 59
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David Vernon Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
David Vernon Williams is a professor, and former Deputy Dean of the University of Auckland's Faculty of Law. He came from the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand, and was educated at Wanganui ...more
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Denis Blundell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Dec. at 77 (1907-1984)
Sir Edward Denis Blundell, (29 May 1907 – 24 September 1984) was a New Zealand lawyer, cricketer, diplomat, and the 12th Governor-General of New Zealand from 1972 to 1977.
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Derek Quigley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 87
Derek Francis Quigley (born 31 January 1932) is a former New Zealand politician. He was a prominent member of the National Party during the late 1970s and early 1980s, and was known for his ...more
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Doug Graham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 77
Sir Douglas Arthur Montrose Graham (born 12 January 1942) is a former New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1984 to 1999, representing the National Party.
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Doug Kidd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 77
Sir Douglas Lorimer Kidd (born 12 September 1941) is a former New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1978 to 2002, representing the National Party. He served for three years as Speaker of the ...more
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Eddie Durie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 79
Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie (born 18 January 1940) is Chair of the Māori Council and was the first Māori appointed as a Judge of a New Zealand Court. He is regarded as leading legal expert on ...more
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Ellen Melville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Ellen Melville
Dec. at 64 (1882-1946)
Eliza Ellen Melville (13 May 1882 – 27 July 1946) was a New Zealand feminist and politician.
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Ernest Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Ernest Lee
Dec. at 70 (1862-1932)
Ernest Page Lee (1862 – 19 February 1932) was a New Zealand lawyer and politician of the Reform Party.