Hugh Leabourn (LLB)
Phone: +64 9 300 7306
Mobile: +64 21 895 511
Hugh Leabourn, one of the co-founders of Guardian Chambers, predominantly defends in all aspects of criminal law. He is known for his friendly manner, attention to detail and jury appeal.
Hugh was admitted to the bar in 1988 and has been practicing law in New Zealand since that time other than a short period of travel overseas. He began his employment working for Meredith Connell, the Crown Prosecution office in Auckland, gaining over eight years of experience in that time. Hugh left there in 1998 as a senior prosecutor and joined the defence bar specializing exclusively in criminal law. He remains on the Crown prosecution panel.
During his time with the Crown Solicitor’s office Hugh undertook a wide range of work including departmental prosecutions, government department prosecutions, tax prosecution and criminal jury trials. When Hugh left the Crown office he had completed in excess of 140 jury trials in both the District and High Courts. He had been involved as second counsel in a number of serious homicide, drug and assault cases and second counsel assisting senior prosecutors where necessary.
His trial experience in the defence bar spans over twelve years and includes serious offences of murder, manslaughter, serious violence, aggravated robberies, sexual offences, major drug cases and fraud matters. Some examples of these have been:
- R v C where the accused was charged with the murder of his partner following a large fire;
- R v T where the accused was charged with the murder of two people following a fight at a New Years celebration south of Auckland;
- R v McS where the accused was charged with the murder of his wife in North Shore;
- R v W where the accused was charged with the murder of an acquaintance at a street party.
Hugh has also been involved in many large Police electronic drug operations over the last twelve years including Operation Mexico, Operation Illusion, Operation Webb, Operation Domino, Operation Leo, Operation Flower and Operation Twickers to name a few.
Hugh has also assisted many senior Barristers as second counsel on the same range of matters during his time at the defence bar.
Hugh represents clients in all Courts, from the District Court to the High Court and Appeal Courts and provides a full and dedicated service to both privately funded matters and legally aided cases.
Hugh’s experience and knowledge of criminal law has equipped him to provide well balanced and skilful representation to many hundreds of clients over the years. He meticulously prepares for all of his cases and is known as an accomplished advocate who goes the extra distance to get the best result for his clients.