Olivia Klaassen


Olivia has appeared for the Crown in criminal proceedings, and drafted submissions in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She has conducted judge-alone trials on behalf of various government departments, and appeared in the High Court in immigration proceedings. 

Prior to joining Meredith Connell, Olivia worked in a large commercial law firm practising civil litigation. 

Olivia graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2012 with an LLB (Hons) degree and was admitted to the Bar in 2013. 

Junior counsel for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in opposing an application for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court (K v Immigration and Protection Tribunal & Anor). 

Acted as junior counsel for the Crown in a District Court trial regarding fraudulent offending and the unlawful provision of immigration advice (R v Martin).

Acted for the New Zealand Police in successfully opposing an application for leave to appeal out of time in the High Court (Hira v NZ Police).

LLB (Hons), University of Canterbury