Sir Peter Williams was involved in some of the country's most high-profile criminal cases over the past 50 years and was a tireless campaigner for prisoners' rights and penal reform.
He was made Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to law in the 2015 New Year Honours.
Sir Peter Williams QC died in June 2015, aged 80.
Top lawyer Sir Peter Williams QC, has died in Auckland, aged 80. Daniela Maoate-Cox looks back at the colourful and sometimes controversial life of Sir Peter. Audio
Peter Williams QC is of the country's best known lawyers and advocates for penal reform. During a career of more than 50 years at the bar, he has been involved in NZ's most high profile criminal… Audio
Peter Williams QC is a well-known name and face to New Zealanders. One of our greatest barristers, Peter Williams has defended some of New Zealand's most infamous criminal cases, including: Terry… Audio
30 Jul 2014
Peter Williams QC was Arthur Allan Thomas' lawyer at the Royal Commission of Inquiry that exonerated him of the murders. Audio
28 Mar 2010
Veteran defence lawyer Peter Williams QC retired last month after around 50 years in the business, during which time he defended many high-profile murder accused - including Arthur Allan Thomas. He is… Audio
1 May 2008
In 1987 there were 91 inmates for every hundred thousand people, it's now double that. Audio
6 Oct 2008
Violent criminals will also be required to serve their full sentence with no parole if they are repeat offenders. Audio
29 Oct 2008
Justice sector groups say the National's prisons policy might be full of good ideas, but doubt there will be the resources. Audio
16 Jul 2009
The Government is ruling out giving some prisoners amnesty as a way of relieving prison overcrowding. Audio
16 Jul 2010
An independent report into the health of prisoners says the Corrections Department is failing in its responsibility to look after inmates. Audio
11 Sep 2013
The Ministry of Health has admitted it cannot handle the growing number of prisoners needing urgent mental health treatment. Audio
Peter Williams recalls the people and cases, celebrated and obscure, that have defined his remarkable career.