Elaine Ward

Elaine worked as a solicitor in the area of civil, commercial, family and immigration law, and conveyancing for three years before becoming a barrister sole in 2005, specialising in criminal law.

Degree Held: LL.B/BA (Auck)
Year Admitted: 2001
Barrister Sole: 2005
Areas of Practice: Appeals against sentence or conviction


  • 2001: Pacific Leadership Scholarship Recipient
  • 2002 to 2005: Solicitor
  • 2005 to current: Barrister Sole
  • Successful trial work and summary hearings in all areas of criminal law.
  • Has carried out successful appeals to the Court of Appeal and High Court.
  • Has completed successful applications for abuse of process, discharge without convictions and work licences.

Ongoing education and professional memberships

  • Member of New Zealand Bar Association
  • 2008: Litigation skills Diploma
  • 2009: Attended Criminal Jury Trial workshop
  • 2009: Drink Drive Defences workshop
  • 2010: Forensic Analysts/ DNA Evidence seminar
  • 2010: Clan Labs seminar
  • 2010: Evidence Update seminar
  • 2011: Criminal Law Update workshop