Stuart Grieve QC
O'Connell Street Barristers
“A long-time leader at the criminal bar, Stuart Grieve has handled some of the most significant criminal cases in recent years, as well as acting for Pike River’s Peter Whittall, securing compensation for David Doherty and continuing his specialty in white collar crime and fraud, as well as parole board hearings and serious crime.” 1
Stuart began his legal career as a prosecutor with Meredith Connell. He was a partner from 1969 until 1985 and during this time prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases including murder, aggravated robbery, rape and other sexual offences, together with various serious fraud offences.
In 1987 Stuart joined the independent Bar and was a founding member of Eldon Chambers with Jim Farmer QC and Brad Giles. At that time he was appointed to the Auckland panel of Crown prosecutors and the Serious Fraud Office. He took silk in 1996, becoming one of New Zealand’s leading Queen’s Counsel in criminal and criminal related matters.
He has appeared in numerous high profile murder trials including acting for Renee Chignell, charged with the murder of Peter Plumley-Walker and Stephen Anderson charged with the murders at Raurimu. His counsel has been regularly sought by the police, the government and high profile personalities who have faced serious criminal charges.
In 1998 Stuart was appointed by the Government to investigate the claim for compensation by David Dougherty. He reported to the government in 2000 which resulted in a significant payment being made by the Crown to Mr Dougherty.
He has also appeared in numerous high profile civil trials including acting for the Equiticorp Statutory Managers with Jim Farmer QC and Sian Elias QC in the long-running, successful civil claim against the Crown. He was senior counsel for the plaintiff in a trial in which the highest award of exemplary damages was made in NZ in a case of domestic violence. He acted for Patient A in the civil case against Dr Bottrill and led the legal team acting for the women in the Cancer Inquiry in Gisborne. In 2015 he was senior counsel in a sexual abuse civil trial securing one of the largest damages awards and costs for a victim of sexual abuse.
He was appointed as Special advocate for Ahmed Zaoui in 2006 and more recently for Kim Dotcom (requiring the highest government security clearance).
Stuart is currently a member of the Lawyers Disciplinary Tribunal. He teaches advocacy skills for the Bar Association and the New Zealand Law Society and was a faculty member at a recent NZBA-Australian Bar Association Mastering Advocacy course in Sydney. He has led many seminars for the New Zealand Law Society on conducting criminal trials. He is on the Bar Association panel of mentors, having been a long-standing member of the NZ Bar Association when he served as a Council member and then President in 1998.
1 In the 15 December 2016 issue of Lawfuel Stuart was included in a “Power Lawyer List”.