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, in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Since her move to the independent bar, she has acted on and assisted with defending a number of criminal matters in the District and High Courts. She has assisted with employment disputes in the Employment Relations Authority and has also 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, Mentoring, Diversity 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.