Oral Submissions Masterclass - Criminal Stream (CPD 6.0 hrs)

9:00am Friday, 7 June 2024
5:30pm Friday, 7 June 2024
CPD Training
ANZ Pavilion, Lobby Level
23 Albert Street CBD
Auckland, AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

Oral submissions are your opportunity to convince the tribunal of the strength of your case. This opportunity should not be wasted. 

Even the most experienced of us can benefit from a refresher on making compelling oral submissions. 

The day opens with Rachael Reed KC's keynote address on oral submissions. This presentation sets the scene for the day and outlines best practice methods.

Attendees will then see six candidates making submissions to a panel of three judges. Watch and learn as the judges ask questions during the submissions and make general remarks at the end. In addition to benefiting from these, attendees will be able to ask questions over the day and seek advice. They will receive a full copy of the materials used in the demonstrations and will be able to follow the submissions closely.

At the end of the day, there will be a plenary session, during which coaches and judges will answer your questions, followed by drinks and nibbles. 

This Masterclass is part of the NZBA’s Mastering Advocacy Programme. Our approach is to encourage high-quality advocacy at the bar. We do this by creating a safe environment for practitioners to practice their skills, experiment with new approaches, and get advice from senior-level Faculty members. We encourage collegiality and support and building networks for the future. 

Our Faculty includes:


  • Sir Terence Arnold KC
  • Hon. Paul Davison KC
  • Hon. Pamela Andrews CNZM


  • David Jones KC
  • Chris Gudsell KC
  • Marie Dyhrberg KC
  • Rachael Reed KC
  • James Rapley KC
  • Julie-Anne Kincade KC
  • Brian Dickey

Who is the class for?

This Masterclass is pitched at intermediate and senior practitioners, and those who are working towards building their appellate practice.

Ticket details

NZBA Members  - member pricing ($300.00). SOLD OUT.  Join the waitlist.

Non-members - member pricing ($325.00). SOLD OUT.  Join the waitlist.

All prices include GST



Hon. Sir Terence Arnold KC

Sir Terence Arnold is a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

After graduating in Arts and Law from Victoria University of Wellington and New York University, Sir Terence taught in several law faculties in Canada and New Zealand, specialising in criminal law and justice. From 1982 to 1994 he was a commercial litigator in Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young, specialising in competition and regulatory matters. 

In 1994 Sir Terence joined the independent Bar and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997. He became Solicitor-General in late 2000 and held that position until May 2006, when he was appointed to the Court of Appeal. He joined the Supreme Court in June 2013 and was knighted in 2016 New Year’s Honours. 

In 2017, Sir Terence retired as a permanent judge but continued to sit in the Supreme Court as an acting judge until 2022.  In 2018-2020 he chaired an inquiry into Operation Burnham with Sir Geoffrey Palmer KC and in 2022 carried out a statutory review of the Intelligence and Security Act 2017 with Matanuku Mahuika.  He recently chaired an Expert Working Group on planned relocation resulting from climate change.  

Sir Terence received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from VUW in May 2018 and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Law School.  He is a member of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and sits on the Fiji Supreme Court and the Cook Islands Court of Appeal.

Sir Terence practises from Thorndon Chambers.


Hon. Paul Davison KC

Hon. Paul Davison KC was admitted to the bar in February 1975 working firstly at Stuart Ennor at Glaister Ennor and Kiff, and then Keegan Alexander Tedcastle and Friedlander where he became a partner in 1978 and undertook civil litigation and criminal defence work, including representing the estate of the Air New Zealand pilot, Captain Collins at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Air New Zealand DC 10 accident at Mt Erebus in Antarctica. 

He was appointed as a foundation member of the Crown Solicitor’s Prosecution Panel in 1981 and conducted prosecutions on behalf of the Crown and assisted the then Crown Solicitor David Morris in a number of notable criminal cases including R v David Tamihere.  He commenced practice as barrister in 1990, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996.  He represented the Crown in several major criminal prosecutions including R v Scott Watson and also undertook defence work including a series of prosecutions of finance company directors in the period following 2008, as well as maintaining a civil practice. 

He was a member of the SFO prosecutors Panel and also on the panel of lawyers engaged by the professional indemnity underwriters CE Heath in relation to civil claims against lawyers and accountants.  He was appointed to the High Court in December 2015.  
Paul retired from the Bench in August this year and is now a member of Sangro Chambers in Auckland where he offers mediation and litigation consultancy services.


Hon. Pamela Andrews CNZM

Pamela Andrews graduated BA LLB from Victoria University of Wellington then practised in Wellington first at Luke Cunningham & Clere, then at Kensington Swan (now Dentons Kensington Swan).  Her practice was solely in litigation: general commercial and property litigation, criminal litigation, professional regulation and disciplinary proceedings.  Ms Andrews was a Committee Member then Office Holder of the Wellington District Law Society.  She was also faculty member at NZLS Litigation Skills programmes, and a PILON Litigation Skills course for Pacific legal practitioners.

From July 2003 to June 2006, Ms Andrews sat as a part-time member of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority (now Immigration and Protection Tribunal).  In 2006, she was appointed a High Court Judge, and sat in the High Court at Auckland until September 2015.  She also sat as a member of the Criminal Appeals Division of the Court of Appeal.

After her retirement from the High Court Bench, Ms Andrews served as Chairperson of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal from May 2016 until September 2021.  In September 2023, she was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Fiji.


David Jones KC 

David commenced his career as a prosecutor at Meredith Connell & Co.  He became a barrister sole in June 1987 and was appointed King’s Counsel in 2005.

David has extensive experience as senior defence counsel in matters involving serious crime and he appears regularly at all levels in New Zealand Courts.  Although David’s practice is primarily defence work, he is a member of the Auckland Crown Solicitor’s Prosecution Panel and for 10 years a member of the Serious Fraud Office Prosecution Panel.  David also has a significant civil practice which comprises litigation under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act as well as commercial and company litigation.


Chris Gudsell KC

Chris Gudsell KC has extensive experience in the coronial jurisdiction as counsel assisting the coroner. He was a Crown Prosecutor in Hamilton between 1989 and 1995. He joined the independent Bar in 1995 and, since that time, has been involved in a wide range of litigation, predominantly in the civil and commercial areas. Chris was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007.

Chris is also the co-Chair of the Bar Association’s Education Committee. He has been involved in advocacy training for many years and has participated in courses in Australia, Malaysia and in UK at the highly respected Keble Course at Oxford.


Marie Dyhrberg KC

Marie Dyhrberg is a King’s Counsel specialising in Criminal Law. She appears regularly at the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in New Zealand. She also appears with clients before the Parole Board. Marie has engaged in mentoring newly admitted Barristers for the last 35 years.  She regularly presents papers internationally and nationally and appears as a panel member in legal, seminars, and advocacy training workshops and is invited to partake in discussion groups with related government organisations.

Marie has held several legal professional positions, including the first female President of the New Zealand Criminal Bar Association and the first female Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the world's largest organisation of Law Societies, Bar Associations and individual lawyers. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. Marie was the first woman to take on the role of Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the IBA, while in this role, had the opportunity to be involved in key legal international issues and to bring them to the New Zealand legal system, especially o issues involving the exploitation of women and children. 

Marie is also a Senior Magistrate of the Pitcairn Magistrate’s Court and is currently President of the Auckland District Law Society and convenor of its Criminal Law Committee.

In 2014 Marie was appointed Queen’s Counsel, now King’s Counsel. In 2023 Marie finished her 3-year position as President of the Auckland District Law Society, which is a national law organisation.


Rachael Reed KC

Appointed as a Kings Counsel in 2017, Rachael has conducted numerous high profile cases. Practising at the intersection of criminal and civil law, she is an expert in fraud, financial services and regulatory cases. She leads long and complex criminal and civil trials. She also assists clients during investigations conducted by all regulators with an eye to minimising risk and managing reputation.

Rachael has also conducted high profile and complex appeals in the Court of Appeal and has been previously appointed counsel to assist the Court in the Supreme Court.

Rachael is also internationally recognised for her advocacy. She has taught advocacy on an Advanced Advocacy Training course in Australia in 2019 and on the reknown South Eastern Circuit Tim Dutton QBE KC Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble, Oxford for 3 consecutive years in 2019, 2022 and 2023 (courses were not held in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid concerns).

She is also rated in Chambers and Partners for White Collar Crime and Doyles Guide for Criminal, Regulatory Offences & White-Collar Crime matters.


James Rapley KC

James is a barrister and part-time law lecturer at University of Canterbury Law School and has taught at USP Law School. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018.  James has conducted hundreds of criminal jury trials and appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as appellate counsel.  He has appeared as counsel in multiple Royal Commissions of Enquiry, Coronial hearings, and Regulatory prosecutions. 

James was a member of the NZLS Lawyers Standards Committee, the Deputy Director and Director of NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programme and is on the faculty for Advanced Litigation Skills.  He was a Council member of the NZBA, its advocacy training co-chair and has taught advocacy throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific. In 2013 he co-authored the legal text, Advocacy.  James is a member of the Legal Services Advisory Board, on the RIB Racing Appeals Tribunal panel, the Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (Criminal Case Review Commission) External Specialist Advisory Panel and the Christchurch Prosecution Panel.


Julie-Anne Kincade KC

Julie-Anne was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991. She worked as a criminal barrister in London until December 2005, prosecuting and defending all levels and types of serious criminal cases. When she moved to New Zealand she was employed by Meredith Connell as a Senior Solicitor from 2007 to 2013.She joined the independent bar in November 2013, She has been a member of Augusta (formerly Blackstone) Chambers in Auckland since February 2016. She was appointed as Queen's Counsel at the end of 2019.

She is on the Panel to prosecute for Kayes Fletcher Walker and the Serious Fraud Office. She has been a Faculty member of the Litigation Skills course since 2015.

Julie-Anne is on the Council of  The Law Association (formerly ADLS) as well as being the convenor of the Criminal Law Committee of TLA. 


Brian Dickey

Bio available shortly.

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If a participant is unable to attend the masterclass, a substitute participant is welcome to attend at no additional cost. Please advise us of your replacement by Friday 24 May. 

A refund less a service fee of $40.00 will apply to all cancellations (received in writing) before midday Tuesday 28 May 2024.

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that time. The NZBA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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