Brian is the Crown Solicitor at Auckland (Te Rōia Matua a Te Karauna ki Tāmaki Makaurau).
As Crown Solicitor, Brian oversees the prosecution of serious crime in the Auckland region, and personally leads those prosecutions of particular national or regional significance or interest.
Brian has 30 years experience in major criminal and civil litigation at all levels of the courts system. He led his first High Court trial aged 23 and first murder trial in 2002. Before being appointed Crown Solicitor in 2015, he spent several years focussing on commercial litigation and white-collar crime, including the run of significant finance company cases arising after the Global Financial Crisis. He has been a member of the Serious Fraud Office panel of prosecutors since 2010. Brian is a patron of New Zealand Police Recruit Wing 321.
In addition, Brian maintains a small group of private clients for whom he advises on contentious matters. He has a background in significant civil litigation particularly those involving Companies, Securities and Insolvency law.
Brian joined Meredith Connell in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. He is currently chairperson of the firm. His whakapapa includes Waikato-Tainui (Ngāti Maahanga) and Croatian ancestry.
- Advised on and conducted R v Petricevic, an extremely large, highly technical and commercially complex prosecution under the Securities Act relating to Bridgecorp, a failed finance company. Following a trial involving 12 weeks’ sitting time, the three defendants were convicted.
- Conducted R v Tian, a four week long murder trial in the High Court.
- Successfully defended an appeal against the decision of the High Court giving judgment to the Official Assignee in a bankruptcy of Andrew Krukziener against HF Residual Obligations Ltd (formerly Hanover Finance Ltd) for a preferential payment. This is a leading decision on the application of s 412 of the Insolvency Act 2006 (HF Residual Obligations Ltd (formerly Hanover Finance Ltd) v Official Assignee of the property of Andrew Krukziener).
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington