Eliza advised in the Inland Revenue Department specialising in fraud when she first started at Meredith Connell. This included appearances in the High Court insolvency and liquidation courts. She also undertook work for the New Zealand Customs Service and for civil private-sector clients, and prosecutions.
In 2009 she completed a secondment to the Department of Public Prosecutions (Crown) in New South Wales, Australia, during which she practised as a solicitor and barrister assisting in the prosecution of murder and manslaughter cases.
Since she returned to Meredith Connell, Eliza has prosecuted over 50 criminal jury trials as sole counsel at both the High Court and the District Court in a variety of areas, including crimes involving drugs, violence, animal welfare, sex, robberies and child abuse.
Eliza has also assisted in High Court trials and undertaken extradition work, Auckland Council work, and High Court bail applications and appeals.
Acted as sole counsel for a District Court jury trial involving 23 charges for assaults on five young victims. The defendant was found guilty on 16 charges. (R v Yvonne Williams)
Acted as sole counsel for a District Court jury trial involving historical sex-offending from 1977 to 1988. The jury found the defendant guilty on five of the six charges. (R v Tokahu Dickson)
LLB/BA, University of Auckland
- Awarded Senior Law Prize