SEARCH AND SURVEILLANCE
I have conducted litigation in relation to search and surveillance in the context of criminal prosecution, criminal proceeds, trust litigation, and in the context of a police killing.
CIVIL AND CRIMINAL ISSUES RELATING TO ALLEGATIONS OF CLUBS OR GROUPS BEING INVOLVED IN ORGANISED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
I have an interest in rights breaches by public agencies, departments, and Police in relation to members of "Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs", but more so the whanau, aiga, or family of these members. The phrases 'gang' or 'outlaw motorcycle club' are not synonymous with 'organised criminal group'. An example of discrimination arising as a result of an association with an alleged 'outlaw' Motorcycle Club, is when a gang member's child is discriminated against (treated differently than other children in the same position) by a public body because of the parent's membership of a gang.
CIVIL CLAIMS AGAINST THE POLICE
A favourite area of practice!
- Fatal and non-fatal police shootings
- IPCA assistance
- Privacy Act and OIA breaches
- Breach of Bill of Rights Act, Human Rights Act, Policing Act
- Test litigation
Please note, if you have a merited, evidence based criminal complaint against a police officer, please raise this in the first instance with your local police station. Prosecutions for criminal activity are brought by Police and/or the Crown in New Zealand. On occasion, I receive enquiries requesting a private prosecution of a member of the police or a former member of the police. These types of proceedings are rare and expensive. You will need to have significant funding in order to bring a private prosecution. It is helpful for you to have already made a complaint to the police and waited for an outcome as to whether they will prosecute.
Criminal and civil issues
WHITE COLLAR CRIME AND REGULATORY OFFENCES
I work with a specialist team when it comes to financial crime, money laundering, fraud, and regulatory offences. The team I use has experience with serious fraud, money laundering, fraud, and regulatory defence.
I am available to assist with investigations by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), WorkSafe, Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), some Inland Revenue investigations (IRD), and investigations brought by the Employment Inspectorate.
I have a particular interest in DIA investigations in relation to money remitters and alleged offences in relation to AML and FSPs. I have a strong interest in migrant exploitation defences.
Legal Award Winners for the APAC region here during 2022
CRIMINAL PROCEEDS (RECOVERY) ACT 2009
An enjoyable and favourite practice area of mine.
Opposition to restraint
Opposition to forfeiture
Applications for severance of property interests
Applications for exclusion of property on basis of undue hardship
Judicial Review of Commissioner of Police's and his officers' powers under the Criminal Proceeds regime
Judicial Review of the Official Assignee's powers under the Criminal Proceeds regime
I have represented and/or advised companies, company directors/shareholders, trusts, trustees, beneficiaries, members of motorcycle clubs, innocent family members related to the respondent who have had their own property interests restrained, and of late, children.
If you have been advised to "just consent" to restraining orders, please contact me for a free second opinion. This area of law has largely suffered from a lack of proper opposition at both the restraint and forfeiture stage. There is much left to explore under this Act and a new generation of barristers, like myself, will fight for your property.
CIVIL TEST LITIGATION / REFORMATIVE ADVOCACY / CONTROVERSIAL PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION
I have conducted controversial test litigation in the Family Court and High Court. I have conducted test litigation under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009, the Education and Training Act 2020, and the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. Test litigation enquiries may be in any practice area except immigration, relationship property, and resource management law.
PROFILES WITH LAW SOCIETY AND BAR ASSOCIATION
ALLY TO THE LGBTI+ COMMUNITY
New Zealand Bar Association
New Zealand Criminal Bar Association
New Zealand Law Society
Auckland District Law Society
Pacific Island Lawyers Association
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Main working location in Auckland Central, Remuera. Satellite locations in Northland, on the East Coast, and Taranaki when required.
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