Michael Heron QC

Professional Experience

Michael Heron QC is a leading QC in commercial and regulatory litigation and arbitrations. He has appeared as lead counsel in all New Zealand Courts (including the Privy Council) and has conducted significant commercial arbitrations for both the Crown and corporate clients.

Michael is regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading QC’s and regularly advises significant public and private entities on commercial, public law and regulatory matters.

Recently Michael has conducted high profile inquiries of matters relating to integrity and the conduct of organisations. Examples include an inquiry into conflicts of interest at CERA and an inquiry into prosecution decisions at MPI. He has also conducted significant reviews in the sporting area, such as the review of the All Black campaign in Rugby World Cup 2007, and in the healthcare area. He has appeared as counsel in Royal Commissions and inquiries such as the Pike River Mine Tragedy Royal Commission and the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.

Michael’s experience as Solicitor-General included advising on a full range of legal matters to Ministers and Chief Executives. He appeared before Select Committees and in a range of Tribunals including the Waitangi Tribunal. He continues to represent the Crown and public bodies in a range of commercial and regulatory matters. He maintains security clearance (top-secret special) with NZSIS and is a panel counsel for the Serious Fraud Office.

Michael is a judicial officer for NZ Rugby and SANZAAR, he is National Commissioner for NZ Cricket and a member of the International Cricket Council Code of Conduct Commission and Disputes Resolution Committee.

In 2016 Michael founded an online dispute resolution service called CODR to provide better access to justice for modest civil and commercial matters.

Speciality Areas

  • Commercial and Regulatory Litigation
  • Inquiries and Reviews
  • Public Law
  • Healthcare
  • Sport


  • Solicitor-General of New Zealand - 2012-2016
  • Queen's Counsel - 2012
  • Partner Russell McVeagh - 2007-2012
  • Solicitor and Partner Meredith Connell - 1995-2007
  • Solicitor, Allen & Overy - London and Tokyo - 1991-1994
  • LLM (HONS) Cambridge University - 1991
  • BCA, LLB (HONS) Victoria University - 1990