Stephanie Cann


Prior to joining Meredith Connell, Stephanie worked for five years as a junior barrister undertaking a wide range of criminal work as counsel for both defence and the Crown.  Stephanie has appeared as counsel and junior counsel on matters involving fraud, regulatory breaches, large scale drug seizures, violence, sexual offending, proceeds of crime, transport, coronial inquests, military proceedings and appellate work.  Stephanie has appeared in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Coroner’s Court and the Military Court.

  • Junior Crown counsel in a 12 week High Court trial of multiple defendants involved in a mortgage fraud of approximately $54 million.  This prosecution, which was brought by the Serious Fraud Office, resulted in convictions entered against all defendants (R v Xu [2018] NZHC 1433 and [2018] NZHC 1971).
  • Junior defence counsel in a High Court jury trial in November 2017 for one of two senior Police Officer defendants charged with kidnapping.  This was an unusual prosecution of significant profile and importance which was prosecuted by the Auckland Crown Solicitor (R v Dennis & Perry, Auckland High Court CRI-2016-004-11091).
  • Junior defence counsel at the Coronial inquest in 2017 into the Police shooting of David Cerven (Myers Park shooting).  

LLB/BA, University of Auckland