ASHER, Raynor John

High Court Justice Raynor Asher

Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10):  7.2    Ranking (out of 63):  51stJustice Raynor Asher sm

Postion & Titles:  QC, Various Law Society positions
Judge of: High Court , Auckland 1995
Specializations and Professional Interests:  Claims his specialties are civil litigation and family law
Professional Comments: Actively involved and effective in the political lobbying of the New Zealand Judiciary.  Weak and indecisive on difficult issues (and some less than difficult).  A clever and showy man, he has used his cleverness to solidify alliances in many areas but is still – or perhaps as a result of these alliances – considered my many to be a malleable patsy by those who put him on the bench.Justice Asher is a political animal with less regard for the rule of law than social relationships.  Like most judges, he tries to be fair when he has no personal interest in the parties or outcome.  But, this being New Zealand, too often he is approached to ‘do right’ for a mate.  Honed his interpersonal skills at all the Law Society soirees.
Background / Education:  Graduated BA LLB (Hons) Auckland Law School in 1972, Senior Scholar in Law. He was the New Zealand Harkness Fellow to the United States in 1973-74 and graduated LLM, University of California (Berkeley) in 1974.

Justice Asher was a partner at Kensington Haynes & White and Kensington Wallace, (later Kensington Swan) from 1976-86, and in 1986 commenced practice as a barrister.

In 1992 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. From 1996-98 he was President of the New Zealand Bar Association, and then President of the Auckland District Law Society between 2002 and 2003. He took on the appointment of Vice President, New Zealand Law Society from 2003-05 and was appointed to the High Court bench in 2005.

Justice Asher is based at the Auckland High Court.

Degrees: LLM Univ. of Calif.,Berkeley 1974

BA, LLB (Hons.) Auckland 1972

Admitted to the Bar: 1974
Company Involvements:  Current Director Motutara Beach Holdings Ltd, AJK Investments Ltd Former Director Shortland Chambers Ltd.

Personal Data

Born:  10/03/49 New Zealand Sex: Male
Married: 1978 Christine Penney, daughter of Barry and Belle Penney Children: John Alexander b.1980 Alexander James b. 1984 Kate Innes b. 1987
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