Ahuriri Chambers Napier

Russell Fairbrother QC :: Criminal Lawyer - New Zealand

Russell Fairbrother QC practises from Ahuriri Chambers, PWC Building, 36 Munroe Street, Napier.

Russell appears in many courts around New Zealand and accepts instructions from anywhere within New Zealand, at both trial and appellate level.

Russell's Personal Background

  • Russell graduated from Victoria University of Wellington. Whilst at Victoria, he was president of the Debating Society, the winner of the Plunket Medal for Oratory, a Joynt Scroll winner and represented New Zealand University debating against the Australian University team
  • is married to Pam Fairbrother - one of Hawke’s Bay’s leading family court lawyers.
  • has six children and values family time.
  • has been on Board of Trustees of a decile 2 Secondary School for over 15 years and served as chair.
  • is a past president of Napier Grey Power, a lobby group for the elderly and a past president and patron of HB Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society.
  • was a member of Parliament for 6 years
  • Entered law in his mid 30’s following a career in Insurance
  • His call to the inner bar presided over by the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, the Honourable Christopher Finalyson QC appeared and addressed the Court.
  • Operates from a paperless office and uses Court orientated applications he develops.
  • Member of NZ Bar Association
  • Member of NZ Criminal Bar Association

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Russell Fairbrother QC :: Criminal Lawyer - New Zealand

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Russell's Practise

  • Criminal Law
  • represents those charged with serious criminal offending
  • acted as lead counsel for more than 100 individuals charged with murder. Last 4 murder trial resulted in 3 full acquittals and one sentence short of a life sentence.
  • In 1994 he successfully defended a murder accused in what has been described as the world’s first Post Traumatic Stress Disorder defence; this case has since formed the basis of a novel by celebrated author Sir James McNeish - “The Crime of Huey Dunstan” published in 2010, by Random House.
  • experienced in representing those charged with white collar crime
  • experience as an amicus curiae
  • has appeared before the Law Lords at the Privy Council in London
  • has advised those from all sectors of New Zealand Society
  • Professional Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Treaty of Waitangi matters
  • Education Law

Russell's Reported Cases

Wales v R (2013) 26 CRNZ 409 (CA)
R v Wihongi [2012] 1 NZLR 775
T (CA683/2012) v R (2013) 26 CRNZ 337 (CA)
R v King (2009) 24 CRNZ 527 (CA)
R v B (2000) 17 CRNZ 577 (CA)
R v Ratima (1999) 17 CRNZ 227; (1999) 5 HRNZ 495 (CA)
R v Stephens [1999] 3 NZLR 81; (2000) 17 CRNZ 571 (CA)
WILLIAMS v POLICE (1999) 17 CRNZ 682 (HC)
R v Lang (1998) 16 CRNZ 68 (CA)
R v Campbell (1997) 15 CRNZ 138 (CA)
R v Stephens [1997] 3 NZLR 716; (1997) 15 CRNZ 308 (CA)
R v Taumata (No 4) (1997) 15 CRNZ 451; (1997) 4 HRNZ 297 (HC)
R v Wildermoth (1997) 14 CRNZ 531 (HC)
S v Osborne [1996] 3 NZLR 234
R v Falealili [1996] 3 NZLR 664; (1996) 14 CRNZ 157 (CA)
R v Campbell [1997] 1 NZLR 16; (1996) 14 CRNZ 117 (CA)
Tareha v Solicitor-General (1996) 13 CRNZ 487 (CA)
R v Harbour [1995] 1 NZLR 440; (1994) 12 CRNZ 317 (CA)
R v Nottingham [1992] 1 NZLR 395 (CA)
Jenssen v Registrar-General of Land [1990] 3 NZLR 88
Tyson v R [1989] 3 NZLR 507(1989) 5 CRNZ 310 (HC)
R v Maxwell (1988) 3 CRNZ 644 (CA)
Timoko v Police [1987] 2 NZLR 308
R v Walker (No 5) (1987) 7 CRNZ 647 (HC)
Peka v Police (1986) 2 CRNZ 455 (HC)
R v O’Dowd (Note) [1985] 1 NZLR 388
Re an Application by Fiso (1985) 1 CRNZ 689 (HC)
Re an application by Clarke (1985) 1 CRNZ 683 (HC)
R v Wilcox [1982] 1 NZLR 191

Russell Fairbrother's Government Representation

  • Russell Fairbrother QC was a Member of Parliament for six years being elected in the 2002 elections. In Parliament he was:
  • Elected chair of a special sub-committee established to examine and report to Parliament on the Evidence Act, 2006. Based on a Law Commission report, this was the first comprehensive codification in New Zealand of the Law of Evidence and the committee’s report was adopted without amendment by the House..
  • Elected chair of Special Select Committee created to examine and report on
  • Maori Fisheries Act 2004,
  • Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004
  • Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua Marine Management Act 2005
  • Elected chair of the Social Services Select Committee.
  • One of three government representatives to the special select committee set up to report to Parliament on New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements.
  • Represented the government of the day as spokesperson for the Supreme Court Bill that removed access to the Privy Council.
  • Appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General.
  • Selected by the Prime Minister to travel to and observe East Timor’s first internally run democratic elections.
  • Drafted and introduced a private member’s bill that became the Civil Union Act.
  • In Kenya, Russell addressed 740 elected parliamentary delegates from 120 countries.
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Email: russell@fairbrother.net.nz
Cell: 021 653 683
Fax: 06 835 3652
Postal: P O Box 339, Napier 4140

Postal: P O Box 339, Napier 4140
Physical: Ahuriri Chambers
PWC Building
36 Munroe Street

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