Thu 27 October | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | At your desk or on your portable device


A must-attend event for those practising in criminal law, exploring four important topics:

  • Prosecution disclosure update;
  • Regulatory investigations and prosecutions;
  • Land Transport Act 1998 sentencing issues (including the forthcoming compulsory Interlock Requirements); and
  • Difficulties that can arise with witnesses and evidence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Receive an update on case law regarding disclosure (including electronic disclosure) and insights into the pending amendment in respect of evidential video interviews (EVI).
  • Gain a better understanding of investigatory powers of regulators such as WorkSafe and the Commerce Commission, together with elections, enforceable undertakings and strategic issues in this context.
  • Become updated on approaches and trends in sentencing repeat drink drivers, drivers causing death or injury and how Restorative Justice outcomes can impact on these latter types of cases.
  • Be guided on prosecution and defence practice for dealing with difficult and hostile witnesses and their evidence. 

Who should attend?

All lawyers wishing to practise criminal law more effectively.

Live stream registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend via live stream.

To register to attend via in person click here.


Paul Borich

Paul was admitted in 1988. Paul worked at Rice Craig, Papakura as a Staff Solicitor, Associate and became a Partner in 1996. During this time he undertook family, civil and criminal litigation. He retired from Partnership in 2013 and now practices as a Barrister at Manukau.

His work includes criminal, traffic and regulatory defence work. He specialises in criminal Judge/Jury trials and criminal appellate advocacy. He appears regularly in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

James Cairney

Meredith Connell

James is a regulatory and commercial litigator who acts primarily on health and safety, insurance, financial markets and commercial matters. He has particular expertise in regulatory investigations, prosecutions and litigation, acting for the Financial Markets Authority and the Commerce Commission, and acting for private and commercial clients in relation to matters involving other regulators.

James has acted on high profile cases resulting from the collapse of the finance company sector, in litigation resulting from high-profile corporate failures, for insurers on statutory liability claims, and in matters arising from serious workplace accidents. In addition to regulatory litigation, on behalf of the Crown, James prosecutes jury trials involving serious criminal offending.

James is also a Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland Law School, and lectures Financial Markets Law to final year law students.

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Steve Cullen

Steve Cullen has been assisting clients in Criminal and Traffic matters for 30 years. His experience includes:

TRAFFIC: Excess Breath/Blood Alcohol; Drug Impaired Driving; 106 Applications, Speeding/Boy racing type charges; Careless, Reckless, Dangerous driving offences (with and without Injury and Death); and Limited licences. 

CRIMINAL:  the full gamut of Criminal offending including 10 Murder Trials, (6 as Lead Counsel), Drug Importation/Supply, Fraud, Robbery, Assaults and one of New Zealand’s biggest Arson cases.  

He has held various positions on Auckland District Law Society subcommittees, including the Legal Services Subcommittee, the Criminal Law Committee, and the Legal Aid Committee as well as assisting occasionally with the New Zealand Law Society Duty Solicitor Training programme. He has been an elected committee member of the Criminal Bar Association. He has been invited to conduct Drink Driving Seminars by the Lexis Nexis team. He has been in the past been appointed by the Auckland District Law Society as an approved Media spokesman on behalf of the Society and the profession. He appeared from time to time on television as a guest commentator on  Flipside and Fair Go. 

Adam Pell
Principal Prosecutor
New Zealand Police

Adam Pell graduated from Waikato Law School with LLM (hons) and LLB qualifications.  Adam is based at the Police Waikato District HQ, as the Principal Prosecutor for the district.  He holds liaison portfolios for CIB and Child Protection Teams in the district.  He is a council member of the Waikato BOP law society, and a regional representative for ILANZ.  Adam has a passion for advocacy and criminal law and was recently honoured in 2016 by receiving the in house lawyer of the year award from ILANZ. 

John Munro

John has been practising Criminal law for over fifteen years and specialises in defending serious criminal offences. 

He started out as a prosecutor for the Crown Solicitor at Rotorua, before moving to London where he worked as a criminal defence solicitor at Russell-Cooke Solicitors. In 2007, John returned to the Crown Solicitors’ Office at Rotorua where he conducted numerous jury trials for the Crown in the District and High Courts. 

Since 2009, John has practiced as a barrister sole, acting as defence counsel on all manner of charge. He regularly takes appeals to the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as occasionally acting as amicus curiae.


Guyon Foley