Steven O'Connor


Steven is an Associate in the Commercial Litigation team, where he acts for clients in both the private and public sectors.  Steven’s work spans commercial advisory, criminal prosecution, judicial review, private and civil litigation for government departments and regulatory bodies. 

Steven has appeared in the High Court on numerous occasions in both criminal prosecution and civil litigation matters and also leads jury trials on behalf of the Crown in the District Court.

Steven joined Meredith Connell in January 2014 for two years before moving to the UK and practising in London.  Between 2016 and 2018 Steven worked for the UK Government Legal Department, Financial Conduct Authority, and in the Public Law team for a law firm specialising in acting for charities and not-for-profit organisations.  Steven also acted for a major British charity in preparation for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). 

  • Conducted litigation for the UK Treasury Solicitor on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department in public law judicial review matters, including human rights immigration claims, trafficking and unlawful detention claims (United Kingdom, 2018).
  • Acted for the Financial Conduct Authority’s Enforcement division in its investigation of “closet tracking” investment funds and alleged over-charging of fund management fees to investors (United Kingdom, 2017).
  • Acted for the British Council in relation to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – the largest statutory inquiry in English and Welsh history (IICSA, United Kingdom, 2016).
  • Junior counsel in 2014 murder trial involving a homicide in Myers Park, Auckland in 2013 (R v Fahey).
  • Acted for the Commerce Commission in its investigation into major New Zealand banks’ sale of interest rate swaps to rural customers (2014).

LLB, University of Auckland

BA (English, History), Australian National University