About Ron
  • Criminal Defence
  • Human Rights/Bill of Rights
  • Serious Traffic Crimes
  • Medico Legal
  • Sports Law
  • Defamation
  • Extradition
Respected, Committed, Effective.

Ron is a senior criminal litigator with a well-respected national profile. He has 25 years of experience in providing clients with effective result driven legal advice and representation. 

Ron is particularly recognised as having a speciality in successfully defending clients in drug and serious criminal cases. Ron is particularly client focused and  works closely with clients on their legal issues to ensure the best result is obtained for them. The multitude of successful outcomes for clients and their positive feedback speaks for itself.  

Ron has developed a strong and dedicated legal support team available to work with clients including barristers, research and briefing clerks, interpreters and private investigators (including those fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese). This team approach is proven and considered essential for a successful outcome for a client. All clients enjoy this top level of service and client care.

Ron routinely appears in a full range of criminal courts including Specialist Tribunal Courts, Coroner’s Court, District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

MOBILE: +64 21 606 127

EMAIL: ron@ron.co.nz

The Team
Benjamin Kirkpatrick, Barrister

Ben was born and raised in Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau. Ben has represented New Zealand in Athletics with the 400 metres being his speciality. He then went on to study here at Auckland University.  Ben graduated from the University of Auckland with an LLB and BA (Criminology). Ben joined Ron’s team in mid-2017. Ben is committed to clients, their wellbeing and achieving the best outcome for them.  There can be no doubt that he has an innate sense of justice and is driven to fight for a client and their best interests. Ben appears for clients in the District and High Court and in a support capacity with Ron on serious, complex and profile cases at trial and on appeal. Ben has already assisted Ron with successful outcomes at trial for clients, as well as on appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Harrison Smith, Barrister

Born and raised in Hong Kong while his family were living and working there, Harrison came back to Auckland for secondary school.  A keen sportsman with much success on the rugby field (which he is still pursuing), he went on to study at the University of Otago graduating with an LLB and BCom majoring in Accounting. As the most recent addition to Ron’s team, Harrison has already proven himself as a valued and hard working member of the team with his strong desire to make a positive impact on the lives of our clients. It was this, plus his appreciation for Ron’s committed approach to clients and the results he has achieved in high profile cases, that drew him to the position. Harrison brings his prior accounting and legal experience at KPMG with him and will be regularly appearing in the District and High Courts, and in an assisting role in more serious and complex cases including appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Steven Lack, Barrister

Steven graduated from the University of Otago with an LLB and BA (Political Studies). After graduating he practised criminal law in Wellington, before joining Ron’s team in 2015, and then setting out on his own in April 2018. Steven is a driven advocate who knows how Ron works and what he expects. Ron and Steven work well together and have achieved many positive outcomes as a team for clients. While now practicing on his own, Steven also continues to work closely with Ron on more involved and serious files, where additional assistance is required. Steven also appears as Second Counsel with Ron in complex and significant appeals in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Other services
  • Translators
  • Private investigators
  • Forensic scientists
  • Crime/accident reconstruction
  • Councellors
  • Psychologists/Psychiatrists