Henry Steele


Henry is a senior Crown prosecutor within Meredith Connell’s Crown Specialist Group. He has a broad range of both criminal and commercial litigation experience, and regularly prosecutes jury trials in both the High Court and District Court. Henry also appears on instructions for both Police and the Department of Corrections, as well as on behalf of the Crown in the Court of Appeal.

Henry joined Meredith Connell from the Chambers of Paul Davison QC where he was involved in leading extradition and judicial review cases, including in the Supreme Court. Henry was also previously a litigation solicitor at Bell Gully before joining the Public Defence Service in 2011.

  • Junior counsel in application by the United States for the extradition of Kim Dotcom and his alleged co-conspirators (the “Dotcom” litigation).
  • Junior counsel in a civil claim for damages for breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, including unlawful survelliance (the “Dotcom” litigation).
  • Involved in the team acting for Air New Zealand in respect of the prosecution of eight major global airlines for price-fixing (Commerce Commission v Air New Zealand & Ors).

LLB/BA, University of Otago