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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 was the Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand from 1893 to 1894. Brandon was the son of Member of Parliament Alfred Brandon. He married Louisa Kebbell, the second daughter of ...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 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 GNZM QSO KStJ is a former lawyer, judge and ombudsman. He was the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand. He is now Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation.
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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 (1846–1913) Liberal  Tenure 1903-1913 (died in office)Arthur Robert Guinness was born at Calcutta, India, the son of Francis Hart Vicesimus Guinness Catherine ...more
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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 OBE was a New Zealand Member of Parliament and Mayor of Christchurch. He was the first New Zealand-born person to be elected to the House of Representatives.
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Barry Brill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 79
Barry Edward Brill, OBE, JP; born 22 October 1940 in Te Awamutu, is a New Zealand politician and a lawyer. Brill was a parliamentary under-secretary in the Third National Government from 1978 to
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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 CBE was a New Zealand lawyer, politician and parliamentary speaker. He was a member of Parliament from 1928 until 1943, and was its Speaker from 1936 till 1943. He was ...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 serves with the United Nations Development Programme and is a New Zealand lawyer and former New Zealand politician who was a Labour List member until his resignation to ...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, KCMG, KC was the fifth Chief Justice of New Zealand, from 1926 to 1929. He was born in India. His father Peter Perrin Skerrett was born in Ireland and descended from ...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 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 is a New Zealand politician.
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Christopher Harder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 71
Christopher Harder is a lawyer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Harder is a well known criminal lawyer in New Zealand with a penchant for self-promotion who has defended several high profile ...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, LL.B., is a prominent lawyer who was a partner and then consultant with Simpson Grierson in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a prominent businessman with many ...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 QSO is a New Zealand politician. He is 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, ONZ, CH, served as the 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. He headed New Zealand's fourth Labour Government, one of the most reforming administrations in ...more
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David Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
David Parker age 59
David William Parker is a New Zealand politician, a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and a list MP. He was interim leader of the Labour Party from September to November 2014. He previously ...more
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David Vernon Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
Professor 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 ...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, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QSO was 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, QSO 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 support of free market ...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 "Doug" Graham KNZM 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, KNZM 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 House of ...more
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Eddie Durie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers from New Zealand
age 79
Sir Edward "Eddie" Taihakurei Durie, KNZM is co-Chair of the Māori Council and was the second Māori appointed as a Justice of the High Court of New Zealand after Justice Lowell ...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 was a New Zealand feminist and politician. Melville was born in Tokatoka, on the Wairoa River south of Dargaville. Her father was a farmer and boatbuilder, while her mother ...more
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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 was a New Zealand politician of the Reform Party.