Professional Interests

In recent years Greg has delivered many papers on criminal law issues to professional seminars, conferences and symposium as well as held positions on a number of committees.


Written Papers


Incompetent Counsel – A defence and appellate counsel perspective (2002): NZ Law Society (NZLS) – Criminal Law Symposium 2002. Paper delivered in conjunction with those of an appellate Judge, Justice Blanchard and senior Crown Counsel Simon France (now Justice France).

The Sentencing Conundrum: Minimum Non-Parole Periods (2003): LexisNexis Criminal law Conference.

Appeals: The Court of Appeal and the new Supreme Court (Oct-Nov 2004): NZLS. A nationwide series of day long seminars presented by Greg with Justice Blanchard of the Supreme Court, Brendon Brown QC and Bill Wilson QC. The seminars were accompanied by a comprehensive booklet written by the presenters.

The Nelson Trial (2005): 6th Annual Medical Law Forum. 

Appeals on the Grounds of Misconduct or Unfairness (2005): LexisNexis Criminal law Forum 2005.

The New Trial Committal Process and Disclosure Regime (2009): NZLS / CLE June 2009, a nationwide series of seminars designed to update practitioners on major changes enacted in criminal justice process. Although unable to present the seminars due to trial commitments, Greg was one of the programme organisers for the seminars and co-authored the booklet accompanying the seminar.

Foreword to Evidence Text Book (2007): Greg wrote the foreword for the ‘Legislation Series’ booklet on the Evidence Act 2006 from publishers LexisNexis.

Chapter authorship: In 1997 Greg wrote a chapter in the book ‘Scarecrows. Why women kill?’ by Ronda Bungay (widow of the late criminal defence lawyer Mike Bungay QC). His chapter focussed on legal issues faced by women charged with murder.

Written submissions: Greg has prepared and submitted numerous submissions and papers to various organisations concerning reform of the criminal justice system.



Public speaking and lecturing

Greg freely gives about a dozen speeches a year to both public and private organisations. A recent selection being as follows:

My adventures in the Law (2009): After dinner Speaker – Criminal Bar Association Conference, Queenstown 2009.

Role of the Defence Lawyer – How I sleep at night (2010):  Sensible Sentencing Trust National Conference – Parliament, August 2010.

Miscarriages of Justice a defence lawyer’s perspective (2010):Miscarriages of Justice Conference – Legal Research Foundation, Auckland – August 2010

How the defence approach expert witnesses called by the prosecution (2010):Police Fingerprint Group, National Conference – Police College, September 2010.

Legal Issues in cases of assisted dying (2010): Dignity Trust National Conference October 2010.

Institute of Chief Financial Officers (Institute of Chartered Accountants) (2010): After dinner speaker at AGM.

Police Legal Section National Conference (2011): The perspective of a defence lawyer on contemporary legal issues facing the criminal law.

Public Debates:  Most years Greg is asked to participate in public debates as fund raisers for several organisations, including the Council for Civil Liberties and the Restorative Justice Group. The debates have included Greg being pitted against Members of Parliament and even Garth McVicar, head of the Sensible Sentencing Trust.

After Dinner Guest Speaking: Greg is regularly a guest speaker for all manner of groups and organisations. In March 2011 he was the after dinner speaker for the Wanganui Art Society’s annual dinner, which is the culmination of their Arts Festival and attracted more than 200 guests, including the Mayor and local Member of Parliament.

Guest Lecturing:  Greg has been a guest lecturer to students studying law and criminology through Victoria University.

Otago University Forensic Law Paper:  Greg also annually gives two guest lectures to the Forensic Law Programme through the University of Otago Law Faculty.


Committee Representation & Membership


Greg has served on a number of committees involved in criminal justice issues. These include:

New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) Criminal law Committee – member 1999 – 2005: Including preparing and presenting numerous submissions to Parliamentary Select Committees on behalf of the NZ Law Society on all manner or criminal law issues.

Rules Committee Sub Committee (2007) – a sub-committee headed by the Chief High Court Judge tasked with considering and making recommendations on the amendment to High Court Rules 66-68 on access to Court Records. The sub-committee’s recommendations were adopted in their entirety.

Methamphetamine Group – 2001-2006: NZLS representative on a multi agency group (including Police, Crown, High Court and Appellate Judiciary and ESR personnel) set up to brain storm issues relating to the massive growth of methamphetamine cases in NZ and the backlog created in the Courts.

High Court Management Committee Consultative Group – 2002-2007: NZLS representative on a multi agency committee tasked with improving case flow and management in the High Court.

Higher Courts Management Group Consultative Group – 2002-2007: NZLS representative on a multi agency group established by the Chief Justice to assess reforms and means of improving the efficiency to the appellate structures of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Litigation Skills Programme (NZLS) – Faculty, 2000 – 2011 (ongoing): Week long training programme for mid level experienced lawyers seeking to advance to jury trial work. Programme is evolved from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) from theUnited States of America. Greg is on the faculty each year.

NZLS CLE Committee – Criminal Law Consultative Group – 2000-2008: A group to advise the Continuing Legal Education Committee on topics for seminars, workshops and ongoing professional training.

Innocence Project NZ – 2007 onward:  Advisory Trustee to a fledgling organisation being established throughVictoriaUniversity in association with the successful Innocence Projects in the United States of America, to review cases of possible miscarriage of justice.

NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers) USA:  One of only 4 NZ members of this American based network of criminal defence lawyers. With an emphasis on research, reform, up-skilling and education, this organisation provides up to the minute information on all manner of criminal law issues.



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