Steve was admitted to the bar in 1974. Over his forty years practicing law, Steve has taken thousands of cases. From running his own firm, to holding the office Director of Legal Training in the New Zealand Defence Force, Steve has diverse experience acting for the prosecution and defence, in civil matters, criminal (everything from murder to traffic offences), and employment and Family Court proceedings. Steve is a former Law Society District president.
After a career in the military, which saw Steve deployed in East Timor and in the Solomon Islands, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, and representing the NZDF in the Pike River Mine Royal Commission of Inquiry, Steve retired from the NZDF in 2012 and resumed private practice, establishing Heretaunga Law with Michael Bott and Stephen Iorns, later to be joined by Rod Mulgan and Geoff Fulton.
Since resuming private practice, Steve has taken instructions on matters ranging from courts martial, to criminal matters, to employment disputes, to Family Court proceedings, and everything in between. He offers a depth and breadth of experience that his clients benefit from greatly. In addition to the wealth of knowledge Steve brings to litigation, he is an accredited mediator.
In August 2015 Steve relocated to Masterton to live and work and remains as an associate member of chambers. He continues to act for clients in the Hutt Valley.
Steve has been taking cases in the District Court, Family Court, High Court Appeals, Courts Martial, employment matters and lecturing in military discipline and operations law.
Victoria University Wellington & Canterbury University
1969 - 1973
Steve obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1973, having attended Victoria University and Canterbury University. At Canterbury, Steve was President of the Law Students' Society, Vice President of the New Zealand Law Students' Association, and was member of the University debating team.
2011 - 2014
More recently, Steve attained accreditation as a mediator, while attaining papers towards his Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution).
"I want to single you out, Mr Taylor, for the way you have gone about your task. You have a client who is very vulnrable. On the one hand, you have been your client's advocate to act on her instructions. On the other hand, you have been there to support and advise. You have done it expertly. It is a lesson to others." - Judge P F Boshier, Wellington Family Court, Hearing 28-30 January 2013, Judgment 30 January 2013.
"I just want to take this opportunity to thank you very, very much for everything you have done for us. The work you do in the courts is formiddable and I really appreciate it! Thank you for your support and hard work Steve, I wish You and Your family all the best in the following Years to come. My utmost respect and honor to you!" - NL, August 2014
2010 - present
2010 - present
Outside of the law, Steve enjoys fishing, boating, woodworking, house and garden renovations, public speaking and current affairs.