Stuart is one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent Queen’s Counsel specialising in criminal law and trial advocacy.
A long-time leader of the criminal bar, Stuart has handled some of the most significant criminal cases over a lengthy period. He defended Renee Chignell in the Plumley-Walker case, Stephen Anderson charged with the murders at Raurimu, Brad Callaghan charged with the murder of Carmen Thomas and more recently acted for Pike River’s Peter Whittall.
Stuart has also conducted a number of notable civil cases; he has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in claims for damages for sexual abuse and has been retained by the Crown to represent Crown officers facing claims alleging misconduct.
He was appointed as Special Advocate for Ahmed Zaoui in 2006 and more recently Kim Dotcom (requiring a top secret government security clearance). In 2007 he became a Fellow of the International Association of Trial Lawyers.
Stuart is available to accept instructions in a wide range of criminal and civil matters. Additionally, he offers strategic advice to other counsel and acts in a consultative role to assist with trial preparation including cross-examination.