A Chat with Honourable Sir William Young KC
The Honourable Sir William Young KC studied law at the Universities of Canterbury and Cambridge. On his return from the United Kingdom in 1978, he joined the Christchurch firm of R A Young Hunter and Co, leaving in 1988 to practise as a barrister. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991, to the High Court in 1997, and to the Court of Appeal in 2004, becoming President of the latter Court in 2006. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court in 2010, retiring in April 2022. He now sits as required as an Acting Judge of the Supreme Court.
He has sat on the Courts of Appeal of the Seychelles and Samoa.
He chaired the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019. He is an honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple and an honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Canterbury.
Kerry Cook joined the independent Bar immediately after university following pupillage at a local Chambers. Since then, Kerry has established himself as a well-regarded barrister sole at Bridgeside Chambers for almost 10 years under his own practise.
Kerry is an active member of the legal profession who is either currently involved, or has been part of the Criminal Bar Association, the Defence Lawyers Association and the Standards Committee of the Canterbury-Westland Branch of the Law Society.
Kerry has wide-ranging practice including criminal law, serious fraud, appellate advocacy, administrative law, inquests and enquiries, professional discipline, human rights issues and also practices as a youth advocate. He has appeared as lead counsel in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has been appointed as an amicus curiae and independent counsel in various matters in all Courts. Kerry also appears in regulatory matters such as the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority as well as various professional disciplinary tribunals.
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