Leading QC and criminal law expert Bruce Squire QC died on Monday.
Known and respected as a tough-but-fair lawyer who took an uncompromised, professional stance on behalf of clients, the former Crown lawyer acted on a range of cases, including successfully representing murder accused Murray Foreman in 2008, accused of the shooting of Hawkes Bay farmer Jack Nicholas.
Long time friend and colleague Kristy McDonald QC, who worked with Squire over 35 years, said he was “an exceptional lawyer who was extremely principled and a man of great integrity”.
“He fought very hard for his clients but was scrupulously professional,” she said.
“At a personal level he was generous to a fault. That was the over-riding impression. He was a wonderfully generous friend and did a huge amount of work behind the scenes on a pro bono basis, including offering professional guidance and help,” McDonald said.
Most recently he acted in the longest-running criminal trial in the District Court when he represented fishing cmpany co-owner Joe D’Esposito, who was charged along with his brother Nino D’Esposito and Nino’s son, Marcus D’Esposito, relating to fisheries charges to which they pleaded guilty last December.
He took a principled stand on many issues, including police criticism of the not-guilty finding in the Forman case, noting that the police reaction after Foreman’s acquittal was essentially, “We got the right man but the jury got it wrong,” a view that left him angry, and left no scope for finding what truly did happen to Nicholas.
The police simply got the wrong man, he said.