Stephen Bonner QC

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Stephen Bonnar QC

Steve has been practising in criminal law since 1987 and has practised as a barrister sole since 2002. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

Steve is a leading trial and appellate lawyer. His practice principally consists of criminal defence work, although he also undertakes some civil litigation (including proceeds of crime litigation), insurance litigation, resource management litigation, regulatory & disciplinary proceedings, transport law and opinion work. He appears before all primary and appellate courts in New Zealand.

Steve has been involved in a number of significant criminal trials and appeals as leading or sole counsel, including trials involving allegations of murder & serious violent offending, sexual offending, membership of organised criminal groups, serious drug importation, manufacture & dealing, serious fraud & financial crime, health & safety prosecutions, immigration & tax offences, and resource management prosecutions. He has also appeared in extradition proceedings.

He is available to accept private instructions in all matters. He is also an approved legal aid provider for all categories of criminal proceedings in all trial and appellate courts, and can accept instructions as preferred counsel in serious cases.


University of Auckland: BA and LLB (Hons) (1982-1986)
Admitted to the Bar: 1988

Professional History

1987 – 1992: Staff Solicitor/Crown Prosecutor, Meredith Connell
1992 – 1995: Crown Prosecution Service, London, United Kingdom
1995 – 1997: Crown Counsel (Criminal), Cayman Islands
1997 – 2002: Senior Crown Counsel/Partner (2000-2002), Meredith Connell
2002 – present: Barrister sole


Current member: New Zealand Law Society
Current member: Auckland District Law Society Inc.
Current member: New Zealand Bar Association
Current member: Criminal Bar Association of New Zealand
Current member: Auckland Crown Solicitor’s prosecution panel
Current member: Pro Bono SPCA Panel Prosecutor
Current member: New Zealand Law Society Criminal Law Committee
Current member: Ministry of Justice Northern Legal Aid Selection Committee
2003: Member Auckland District Law Society Courts Committee
2011 – 2013: Member New Zealand Law Society Legal Services Committee