High Court Justice Denis Clifford

CLIFFORD, Denis Kieran  

High Court Justice Denis CLIFFORD

Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10):  7.5      Ranking (out of 63): 31st Hon High Court Justice Denis Clifford


Postion & Titles: Member of the Policy Advisory Group in the Depart of the PM & Cabinet 1998-2000
Judge of: High Court , Wellington, 2006
Specializations and Professional Interests: Public Policy
Professional Comments: Not particularly known for his judicial integrity, and among the weakest judges when it comes to independence.  Lawyers who know Judge Clifford are more concerned with which way the wind is blowing in his courtroom.
Background / Education: Justice Clifford graduated LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington in 1978. He joined the Wellington law firm Buddle Anderson Kent & Co, leaving in 1980 to take up a position as Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois Law School.

Justice Clifford returned to New Zealand to work for Buddle Findlay in 1982, went overseas again in 1984, working with London firm Slaughter and May, and on return to New Zealand in 1986 became a partner of Buddle Findlay, a position he held until 2001.

From 1998 to 2000 Clifford was on secondment from his law firm as a member of the Policy Advisory Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Clifford joined the independent bar in 2002.

Clifford J took appointment to the High Court Bench in April 2006 and is based at the Wellington High Court.

Degrees: LLB (Hons.) Victoria, 1978
Admitted to the Bar: 1978
Company Involvements: Former director: Altes Coatings Ltd, Capital Agency Services Ltd, Brutus Investments, Findgard Investments Ltd, Whareroa Power Ltd, Squadron No.3 Ltd, Freshmanx Holdings Ltd, Resene Santano Ltd, Whareroa Co-Generation Ltd, Landcare Research International Ltd, Romney (No.11) Ltd, Romney (No.19) Ltd, Squadron No.4 Ltd, Custom Fleet NZ, Ausmaq (NZ) Ltd, Terravita Resources (No.1) Ltd, Gas Industry Company Ltd, Budfin Nominees Ltd

Personal Data

Born: 1951
New Zealand
Sex: Male
Married: 19 Children:
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