PRACTICE

AREAS

CIVIL & COMMERCIAL LITIGATION 

 

TRUST & ESTATE CLAIMS 

 

INSURANCE LITIGATION

 

PROFESSIONAL LIABILTY & DISCIPLINE

 

CORONIAL INQUESTS

REGULATORY INVESTIGATIONS & PROSECUTIONS

 

 

Specialising in civil litigation, High Court trials and appellate cases.

 

 

EXPERTISE

Stephanie is an experienced barrister, having acted in many High Court cases involving property and commercial matters, trust and estate disputes and litigation arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes, as well as in complex criminal trials. She has also acted for companies, individuals and their insurers to defend a range of liability claims, disciplinary matters and regulatory prosecutions.

 

Stephanie regularly undertakes trial and appellate work in the High Court, Court of Appeal and in disciplinary jurisdictions. She has been appointed as Counsel to Assist the Coroner in inquests, as Amicus Curiae to assist with disclosure issues and, in 2020, to undertake an independent inquiry into Gloriavale Christian Community.

 

In 2021 she represented Canterbury homeowners in a class action relating to earthquake claim entitlements (Ross v Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited), first obtaining leave to intervene and then appearing on various interlocutory applications, most significantly to oppose interim funding orders sought by the litigation funder.

 

She was one of the founding members of Plymouth Chambers in 2019, having moved to the Independent Bar in 2018 after thirteen years as a litigation partner first at Anderson Lloyd and then at Duncan Cotterill. She is a member of the Canterbury Westland Standards Committee, a faculty member of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills course and a member of the New Zealand Bar Association Education Committee.

 

In November 2022, Stephanie was appointed a King's Counsel.

CASES

Recent cases include:

  • Ross v Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited [2021] NZHC 684 (Intervention)

  • Ross v Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited [2021] NZHC 2452, [2021] NZHC 2453, [2021] NZHC 2454 (Notification, Communication and Setting-Aside orders)

  • Cooke v Butler [2021] NZHC 2014

  • R v Darrin Stephen Baylis [2021] NZHC 617

  • Williams v Tellen Systems NZ (2013) Limited [2021] NZHC 1199

  • Coroners Inquests:

    • Deborah Kovacic CSU-2018-CCH-000598 – 18 March 2021(Counsel Assisting the Coroner)

    • Benton Parata CSU – 2015-CCH-00025 – 21 January 2020 (Counsel Assisting the Coroner)

  • Westpac New Zealand v Anderson [2019] NZHC 979

  • Representing Redcliffs School to successfully challenge closure proposal by the Minister of Education (2015 to 2017)

  • PCC v Richard James Power (2 December 2016) – before the Appeals Council of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants

  • Powell v Powell [2015] NZAR 1886

  • Powell v Powell [2014] NZHC 2096

  • Powell v Powell [2014] NZHC 476

  • Wightman v Public Trust (as executor of the estate WIGHTMAN) [2014] NZHC 3124

  • Wightman v Public Trust [2013] NZHC 671

  • Department of Labour v Southroads [2014] NZHC 1384;

  • Department of Labour v Southroads [2013] NZHC 1620; (2013) 11 NZELR 19

 

CONTACT

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ADDRESS

Plymouth Chambers

P.O Box 363

Level 2​, 112 Cashel Street, Christchurch

Email: smg@stephaniegrieve.nz
 

Tel: 03 3651145

Mob: 0274777923