Henry Steele


Henry has broad experience in commercial and criminal litigation and works in the Meredith Connell Crown Specialist Group.

Henry joined Meredith Connell in 2015 from the Chambers of Paul Davison QC where he assisted as junior counsel in leading extradition, judicial review of the validity of search warrants, and unlawful surveillance cases.

He has also appeared as counsel and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in relation to the Commissioner of Police’s application for forfeiture of profit and assets. He has appeared in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  

After graduating, Henry worked as a litigation solicitor at Bell Gully. He was seconded to Herbert Smith in London in 2009 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