Power List lawyer Nigel Hampton, QC has continued his trail of success with his Queens Birthday honour as Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The well known lawyer with the distinctive swagger-man beard has enjoyed a 53 year career which has also seen the Christchurch barrister reach notable positions, including chair the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the first Disciplinary Commissioner of Counsel at the International Criminal Court in 2007 and Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga.
He also achieved prominence when representing families affecting by the Pike River mining disaster and those affected by the collapse of the CTV building after the Christchurch earthquake.
He is also a judicial officer for World Rugby and New Zealand Rugby as well as serving on the boards of charitable bodies, and is New Zealand patron of the Howard League for penal reform.
“It’s trying to achieve some balance between the ordinary person against the weight of institutions,” he said. “It’s seeing humanity as individuals who require help with what they are being confronted with,” he told Stuff.co.nz.