Annabel Ives was one of the founding members of Guardian Chambers. She was previously in Shortland Street Chambers with Lester Cordwell.
Annabel was admitted to the bar in 1999 and has practised exclusively in criminal law since then. She was employed by senior counsel for two years and since 2001 has been in practice on her own account. She has steadily built up her practice and has gained considerable experience in the summary jurisdiction during the first 10 years of her legal career.
For the past eight years, she has focused increasingly on work in the trial jurisdiction specialising in drug charges and offences of violence including aggravated robbery, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and kidnapping.
Her practice is largely based in the Auckland District Court however in recent years she has appeared regularly in trials in the Auckland High Court. Annabel has conducted trials and hearings in Courts as diverse as Rotorua, Kaikohe and Gisborne.
Many of Annabel’s regular clients have had her as their lawyer since their first appearance in the District Court in their late teens. Those who continue to offend over the years turn to her to represent them whether it is to obtain bail, defend the charges or to obtain the least restrictive sentence.
Some of Annabel’s proudest moments in her practice have been when clients who she has acted for over the years finally make the positive changes to turn their lives around, whether through formal rehabilitation or simply a change of direction. Annabel prides herself on the rapport she has with her clients; she fights fearlessly to achieve the best possible outcome. Where appropriate she maintains close relationships with her clients' family/whanau members.
Annabel actively keeps up to date with developments in criminal law and the law of evidence and is well-versed in Bill of Rights / Search and Surveillance Act. She believes that an important component of the role of an effective criminal advocate involves policing the police to ensure that defendants' rights are protected.
Annabel has considerable experience and knowledge of multi-defendant interception trials having appeared in a number of lengthy High Court and District Court drug trials. This experience has given her a detailed understanding of the complex legal issues which often arise in such trials including co-conspirators' law, admissibility issues and hearsay.
Annabel has regular success in obtaining bail for her clients whether in the District Court or in the High Court on appeal. Similarly, she is renowned for her favourable results in appeals against conviction and/or sentence.