A trial and appellate lawyer, Lisa joined the independent bar in 2014 following 20 years’ practice in New Zealand and the UK, including as a senior Crown counsel. She conducts jury trials and appeals in the senior courts (High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) involving serious criminal allegations.
Her practice also includes medico-legal, professional indemnity and disciplinary litigation, WorkSafe and other regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Increasingly she is appointed to act and advise as an independent investigator and counsel, particularly in sensitive cases in the workplace.
Lisa has held appointment as counsel assisting a Royal Commission of Inquiry and is regularly appointed counsel to assist the court including in the senior courts and in the coronial jurisdiction.
Current appointments include to the interim panel of legal counsel to assist Te Kāhui, the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Solicitor-General’s Senior Crown Prosecution Panel. Lisa has appeared with the Solicitor-General and Deputy Solicitor-General in significant criminal appeals in the Supreme Court.
Lisa has been a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Otago University and is a Faculty member of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills programme. She places strong emphasis on proactive preparation and representation, two critical – and often under-rated – features of excellent client service. Having worked in New Zealand and the UK and now based in Christchurch, Lisa welcomes instructions from throughout the country.