Meredith Connell has the privilege of being home to the Crown Solicitor warrant for Auckland since 1922. We bring an unrivalled depth of expertise and judgment to advising on and conducting criminal prosecutions.
We carry the integrity cemented over six generations of service to the hard decisions around bringing criminal prosecutions. And, as New Zealand’s largest litigation firm, we possess cutting-edge practical skills and knowledge honed by countless hours in the courtroom.
WORKING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
The public interest is at the heart of our work, whether we are acting under the warrant or providing advice and advocacy to government agencies and Crown entities.
From day one our litigators are exposed to cases under the Crown warrant. They understand the gravity of criminal prosecutions and the need to seek justice for victims as well as defendants, to prevent repeat victimisation and to ensure accountability.
We take seriously the need to deliver prompt and effective justice, and our obligations to maintain public trust and confidence in the conduct of criminal prosecutions.
Our people work closely with investigators across the public sector and contribute independent judgment informed by Meredith Connell’s unparalleled record of litigation work and public service.
No other law firm in New Zealand has such experience in sensitive and difficult cases where criminal prosecution may be necessary.
We have provided advice to and conducted prosecutions on behalf of the full range of governmental enforcement agencies across the country, including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Markets Authority, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Work and Income, the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Immigration New Zealand, and the Commerce Commission.
Our broad experience includes
Meredith Connell has conducted some of the most complex and high-profile criminal cases in the country, including:
- Serious violent crimes including the murders by RSA killer William Bell and Antonie Dixon
- Briefing on high-profile cases outside the Auckland region, including the David Bain and Scott Watson murder trials
- Prosecutions of directors of finance companies in National Finance 2000, Five Star Consumer Finance, Bridgecorp, Nathans Finance, Lombard Finance & Investments, Capital + Merchant Finance, Dominion Finance, and Belgrave Finance under the Crimes Act and Securities Act
- Multiple defendant prosecutions such as organised crime and drug cases
- Prosecution of a sitting Member of Parliament, Taito Phillip Field, on bribery and corruption charges.