Peter Williams, QC, has been made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to law in the New Year Honours.
Sir Peter is one of New Zealand’s most well-known criminal lawyers, having conducted more than 100 murder trials over his career.
He said he felt “very humbled” and “very privileged” by the honour.
“It was completely unexpected, it came right out of the blue… it gave me a bit of a lift, I’ve been ill for some time with cancer, and this gave me a bit of pleasure.”
Sir Peter has taken on clients in some of the country’s most significant trials, including Arthur Allan Thomas, Terry ‘Mr Asia’ Clark, and the Bassett Road machine gun murderers.
“The Dwarf Who Moved” provides a rich collection of memoir, anecdote and forensic analysis from New Zealand’s pre-eminent criminal barrister, as he recalls the cases and the characters that define his remarkable career in the demanding profession of law.