Passing Great

In a profession that has little time for it’s young achievers, tributes are flowing for Wellington barrister Greg King, who passed away Saturday. 


“King, 43, was a theatrical criminal lawyer, most recently seen successfully defending Ewen Macdonald against the charge of murdering Scott Guy. 

“Greg was well known and respected among police staff, and I know his death will be keenly felt by many people, including those in the wider legal community.” 

New Zealand Law Society president Jonathan Temm said the legal profession was ”tremendously saddened” by the news. 

Temm said Greg King had a national reputation and was a very well known member of the profession.

“Throughout his career he represented clients who were often unpopular and he did that with real ability and determination.”

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson said King was a very nice guy and a fine advocate.

“Although young in years, Greg King had already achieved a huge amount in his career.

‘‘He was a lawyer in the finest traditions of the criminal bar, of the same stature as the likes of Mike Bungay, Kevin Ryan and Roy Stacey.”

Finlayson said King’s early death was very sad and expressed his deepest sympathies to King’s family.

Labour leader David Shearer also expressed his sadness at news of King’s death.

“Greg had one of this country’s finest legal brains. There wouldn’t be many New Zealanders who hadn’t heard of him.

“He has also made a huge contribution to raising the profile of the legal profession.

“Greg King’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. It will leave a huge gap.’’

King ran a practice with his wife, Catherine, out of Lower Hutt, and became a household name in July when he successfully defended Macdonald. 

Legal experts hailed his work, which famously included wild-eyed closing arguments.

 King was also involved in the defences of Scott Watson, John Barlow and Clayton Weatherston. “

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