Jacob Barry


Jacob is a Senior Crown Prosecutor, focussing on serious crime and regulatory offending. 

Jacob began his career with two years as a judges' clerk in the Auckland High Court before joining MC in 2014. He has a Masters from Harvard Law School. 

As lead counsel, Jacob has prosecuted a wide range of crimes in the District and High Courts, including  serious sexual violence offending, other violent offences and drug offending, and has conducted appeals on behalf of the Crown in the Court of Appeal.

He also specialises in regulatory prosecutions and providing advice for the Commerce Commission under the Fair Trading Act 1986, Commerce Act 1986 and Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003.  

  • Leading the criminal proceedings arising from Operation Beverly, a large Police investigation into alleged historic sexual abuse by staff members and other individuals associated with Dilworth School.
  • Acting for the Commerce Commission in the first defended hearing under the unsubstantiated representation provisions of the Fair Trading Act 1986 (Commerce Commission v Kiwipure Ltd)
  • Acting for the Commerce Commission in various proceedings arising out of its mobile trader project, involving the prosecution of various third-tier credit providers for widespread industry non-compliance with New Zealand’s consumer protection statutes.


LLB (First Class Hons)/BCom, University of Canterbury; LLM, Harvard Law School


  • America's Cup Litigation [2013] NZLJ 306
  • Off the turf and into the court room: Intervention of the criminal law for assaults on the sports field ANZSLA Commentator Vol. 83, 12 Nov 2011
  • Prosecutors – Should We Trust Them? [2017] NZCLR 154