Robin McCoubrey


Robin is one of New Zealand's leading criminal prosecutors, with nearly 100 District and High Court trials since 2016. Robin also appears regularly in the Court of Appeal.

Trusted with some of New Zealand’s biggest and most high profile trials, Robin has worked on nearly 20 homicide prosecutions and over 1300 involving sexual or other serious violence. His trial advocacy is known as incisive, eloquent and fair. He has trained and mentored dozens of young litigators towards their first court appearance.

In addition to criminal prosecution and appeals, Robin is a specialist in regulatory law and litigation.

Robin is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and City, University of London, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000.

R v B CRI-2021-004-2185

> High-profile prosecution of an accused for killing his parents and the attempted murder of family friend, with the defendant found to be insane at the time of the offending

R v Kempson CRI-2018-004-11138

> Internationally reported murder trial of Kimpson, found guilty of the murder of a British tourist in New Zealand

R v Marinovich CRI-2019-090-630

> High-profile murder trial of Marinovich, found guilty of the murder of his mother

NZDF v McLean

> Court Martial of McLean, found guilty of sexually violating and indecently assaulting fellow naval service personnel

R v Fakaosilea and ors CRI-2020-004-9587

> Trial of Comancheros and Rebels gang leaders for supplying methamphetamine and MDMA arrested as part of Operation Cincinnati

Partner since 2016

Admitted as NZ Barrister and Solicitor, 2008

Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple), 2000

Diploma in Law (Distinction), City, University of London, 2000

MPhil, University of Cambridge, 1997

MA (1st Class Hons), University of Cambridge, 1996