Pipitea Chambers
202 Thorndon Quay, Wellington 6011

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The Barristers

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Christopher Stevenson

Christopher is a criminal trial specialist.  He has successfully defended at trial a number of people charged with murder. He is also a senior appeal lawyer and has succeeded in having many convictions overturned in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. 


Over 20 years Christopher has successfully defended high profile and complex cases including allegations of terrorism, serious fraud, drug trafficking, sexual assaults and computer hacking. He has also appeared in the Privy Council, Coroners Court, professional disciplinary tribunals, and conducted complex civil litigation. 


Christopher graduated Otago University Bachelor Laws and Bachelor Arts 1996. He is a member of New Zealand and American defence lawyers associations and has presented on behalf of the New Zealand Law Society on topics from conducting appeals to propensity and youth facing trial.

Contact details are:

cstevenson@xtra.co.nz

P: (04) 499 2600 

M: 027 2333363

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Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth specialises in criminal law. A graduate of Otago University she was admitted to the bar in 1998 and has appeared in all courts within NZ jurisdiction including the Privy Council and the Supreme Court. Elizabeth is known for her tenacity and unfailing commitment to her clients. She has successfully defended clients charged with every manner of criminal charge - from murder, terrorism, sexual violence, aggravated robbery, fraud.  

Elizabeth is the Vice President of the Criminal Bar Association and is a contributing author to a leading criminal law text. She is a faculty member of the Litigation Skills programme and an active committee member for the NZ Law Society and the Wellington District Law Society. Elizabeth was the sole prosecutor for Wellington for the SPCA from 2010 until 2018.  In 2012 Elizabeth was the recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medallion to recognise her volunteer work. 


Contact details are: 

elizabeth@elizabethhall.co.nz

P: (04) 9399039

M: 021 891199

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Jo Hughson

Jo has 20 years’ experience as a civil litigator. She specialises in professional regulation, complaints and discipline, associated administrative law and appeal proceedings, health law and civil litigation. She has many years' experience conducting investigations, and prosecuting disciplinary charges. ​


A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington she was admitted to the Bar in 1997. Prior to commencing practise as a barrister in 2003 she was an Associate at national law firm Kensington Swan and had worked as a litigation solicitor in Ireland’s leading commercial law firm, McCann FitzGerald.

Since 2015 Jo has been the Chair of the Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal and previously she chaired Complaints Assessment Committees established under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008. 

Contact details are:

jo.hughson@xtra.co.nz

T: (04) 494 2935

M: 027 4893380

 
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Peter Ross

A graduate of Victoria University, Peter was admitted to the bar in 2011, and has practised law in the Wellington region since then.


Peter frequently appears in all of the Wellington Courts, appearing as counsel in jury and judge-alone trials. He has successfully defended criminal matters involving violence, dishonesty, sexual crimes, drugs, firearms, and driving matters.  Peter also has a successful appeal practice - appealing bail decisions, sentences, and convictions


Peter has enthusiasm, passion, and unwavering commitment to getting the best possible outcome for his clients.

Contact details for Peter are:

peter@pjross.co.nz

P: (04) 527 3083 

M: 027 579 6903

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Julia Spelman

Julia Spelman (Ngāti Hikairo me Ngāti Pākehā) was admitted to the bar in 2012 and is now a barrister sole specialising in criminal law. Julia has acted for clients facing a wide range of criminal charges including traffic matters, drugs, violence, sexual assault, and murder. Julia also has experience with parole hearings, inquests, and has appeared in appeals to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.


Julia has a strong commitment to social justice and is a co-founder and Board member of JustSpeak, a youth-based movement advocating for transformative change in the criminal justice system.


Julia is able to take direct instructions privately and is an approved PAL 3 legal aid provider. 

Her contact details are: 

julia@spelman.co.nz

M: 021 08906353