Our Team

TONY BALME (LLB, University of Otago)

Member New Zealand Law Society, New Zealand Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association

Tony is a specialist defence lawyer with more than 30 years of litigation experience.

After qualifying in 1981, Tony spent 2 years of practice in Napier.   He then moved back to his home city of Tauranga where he practiced in all fields of litigation. In 1995, Tony moved to the independent bar and since then has specialised in criminal defence work.

Tony has appeared since 1982 in many significant and complex jury trial cases in both the High Court and the District Court.  These case have included allegations of murder, serious violence, sexual offending, methamphetamine and other drug offending.

Tony also has considerable experience in defending traffic and regulatory offences including fisheries, tax, benefit fraud and a range of other departmental prosecution matters.

Over the last 25 years Tony has had regular involvement in Law Society Committee work and in 2013 assisted as presenter for the Law Society in a nationwide seminar series on the Criminal Procedure Act.  This Act has created fundamental changes in Court procedures and in the conduct of criminal cases.


TARYN BAYLEY (LLB, University of Canterbury)
Member New Zealand Law Society, New Zealand Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association

Taryn has over 10 years of experience in conducting criminal trials and hearings in the High Court and the District Court.  Taryn qualified and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand in 2004.

From 2004 until 2011 Taryn was a Crown Prosecutor and litigator practising in Rotorua and then in Tauranga.  During that time, Taryn appeared as lead and junior counsel for the Crown in a large number of trials in the District Court and the High Court prosecuting serious criminal cases including sexual offences, drug offending, serious violence and murder.

In 2011, Taryn joined the independent bar, firstly practising in Whakatane as a defence lawyer where she was also appointed as a Youth Advocate. Taryn is now based in Tauranga working as a specialist defence lawyer.

Tony and Taryn are available for instruction for all levels of criminal defence work. We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable to our clients and committed to providing the best advice and the best representation.

Tony and Taryn work as a team on all their cases. We believe our range of experience and expertise blend to provide quality advice and representation for our clients.