Kingsley Abbott - BA/LLB

Kingsley has worked as a medical litigation solicitor, a barrister in Auckland, and for the United Nations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

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Since December 2007, Kingsley Abbott has worked for the United Nations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. His role is to provide legal advice to the French and Cambodian Investigating Judges who are conducting a massive criminal investigation into the international and domestic crimes allegedly committed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.

Prior to working for the United Nations, Kingsley practiced as a barrister in Auckland, New Zealand, working alongside Stuart Grieve QC. During that time he was counsel on many interesting and complex cases including the defence of an African national whose extradition was sought to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, and the Zaoui security certificate review in which he was appointed assistant Special Advocate. He also appeared for both the prosecution and defence in a number of High Court jury trials, including three where the charge was murder.

Before joining the independent bar, Kingsley practiced as a medical litigation solicitor at Brookfields Lawyers in Auckland. While at the firm, he appeared in the Privy Council in London on the exemplary damages appeal, A v Bottrill, and in the District Court in one of New Zealand’s first “nervous shock” trials. Kingsley graduated from The University of Auckland in 2001 with a conjoint BA/LLB, and was admitted to the bar in January 2002.