Lara Steel


Lara joined Richmond Chambers in February 2016 after three years in the litigation department of a major Auckland firm.

She has experience working on a wide range of general civil disputes, including construction, property, contractual and insurance matters.

Since her move to the independent bar, she has also assisted with defending a number of criminal matters in the District Court and has appeared in arbitral proceedings.

In addition, Lara has been involved with a number of regulatory investigations by the Commerce Commission, Serious Fraud Office, and Financial Markets Authority.

Since September 2016, Lara has been a Junior Representative on the New Zealand Bar Association Council and is a member of the NZBA Gender Equity and Junior Committees.

Recent Experience

ECOSTORE COMPANY LTD v WORTH (2017) 15 NZELR 93, [2017] NZHC 1480 As junior counsel, successful opposition to a strike-out application by the defendant in a case concerning the misuse of confidential information and the jurisdiction of the High Court and Employment Relations Authority.

X v X Successfully represented iwi interests as junior counsel in an arbitral proceeding involving rent review and other issues arising from long-term development leases.

BODY CORPORATE 330324 v AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL (“City Gardens Apartments”) [2015] NZHC 995 Acting for third defendant as junior counsel, successful application for leave to file cross-claim against first defendant in relation to an allegedly defective apartment complex.

ELLIS BUILD 2008 LTD v NZ CHEMICAL CARE & STORAGE LTD [2013] NZHC 3204 As junior counsel, successfully defended a summary judgment application brought under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 in relation to disputed construction invoices.