Denise Wallwork

Denise specialises in criminal law with experience in all facets of criminal matters, from traffic offences to very serious crimes relating to drug offending, murder, sexual violation and fraud.

Degree Held: LL.B (Auck) 1987
Year Admitted: 1988
Barrister Sole: 1996
Areas of Practice: Very serious crimes


  • 24 years as a senior advocate, practising primarily in criminal jurisdiction.
  • Duty solicitor since 1988 in Auckland, Papakura, Pukekohe and Manukau District Courts
  • Currently duty solicitor in the Manukau District Court.
  • Regular litigator before the District and High Courts, and Court of Appeal.
  • Regular attendee of parole hearings.
  • Numerous successful applications for limited licenses, and applications to avoid disqualification and conviction.

Ongoing education and professional memberships

  • Member of the New Zealand Bar Association
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Criminal Law Committee
  • Member of the Auckland District Law Society
  • Duty Solicitor tutor and assessor since 1999
  • Annual attendee of Evidence Seminars
  • Regular attendance at ESR Forensic Science Seminars in relation to DNA, toxicology, excess breath alcohol, fingerprinting and drugs.
  • Attends independent, international scientist seminars on forensic issues and developments in criminal trials.
  • Regular attendee of seminars relating to criminal updates on changes of the law.