My key practice areas are: regulatory, criminal, public and disciplinary. I am an experienced advocate with more than 15 years experience as a Crown prosecutor, and advisor to a range of public sector agencies. I am based in Wellington but accept instructions nationally.
If you are looking for an advocate with specialist technical ability and practical litigation experience, please get in touch to discuss how I can assist you.
Through my experience I have gained extensive knowledge of investigations, evidence, criminal procedure and case strategy. I am able to put this to use for clients and assist them with quality, practical advice, and excellent advocacy.
I am a skilled litigator with more than 15 years experience as a trial and appellate advocate. I have represented the Crown and Regional Councils in the High Court and Court of Appeal in cases involving conviction, sentence and interlocutory issues. I have also represented the Crown in leave submissions to the Supreme Court. I have conducted complex criminal cases involving allegations of sexual violation, Class A drug offending, fraud, serious violence and murder, and in applications for preventive detention and extended supervision orders. My cases have included complex legal issues, high-profile defendants, vulnerable witnesses and sensitive material.
I specialise in environmental compliance, monitoring and enforcement. I have been lead counsel in more than 60 Resource Management Act prosecutions and I regularly advise and represent local authorities on enforcement action and appeals.
For regulatory clients I provide advice, training and representation consistent with public sector values. I help them to achieve best practice by providing practical advice in a range of areas including search and surveillance, privacy, disclosure and evidence-gathering in relation to a number of different regimes.
I have acted in tribunal hearings for Standards Committees in the Lawyers and Conveyancers’ Disciplinary Tribunal and for the Complaints Assessment Committee in the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal. I have regularly appeared before the New Zealand Parole Board representing the Department of Corrections.
Memberships and publications
Member, Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture | New Zealand Bar Association
Committee Member, Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association
Member, Resource Management Law Association
Updating Author, Garrow and Turkington’s Criminal Law, Lexis Nexis
Degrees: LLB / BA (Japanese)
Admission to High Court: 2006
PO Box 10 318, Wellington 6140
Areas of practice
Criminal, Environment and resource management, Human rights, Local government, Public law, Regulatory