Significant Judgements

Recent reported cases


From 2010 only

H v Refugee Protection Officer [2019] 1 NZLR 433, (SC)

Senior Counsel in appeal against decision to refuse leave to seek judicial review under Immigration Act.

F v Chief Executive Ministry of Social Development [2018] 3 NZLR 260 (HC)

Senior Counsel in Case Stated appeal against Social Security Appeal Authority decision on question of whether loans are income for the Act’s purposes.

RPO v CV [2017] 2 NZLR 585 (CA)  

Defending refugee claims on ground of compulsory military service in religious army.

Anderson v Hawke [2016] NZAR 1369 (HC) 

Defending challenge to claim to confidentiality under Evidence Act.

Child Poverty Action Group v Attorney-General [2013] 3 NZLR 729 (CA) 

Making challenge to the ‘off benefit rule’ for eligibility to a parental tax credit. 

 Ministry of Health v Atkinson [2012] 3 NZLR 456 (CA) 

Defending High Court decision that policy of not paying family members for care of severely disabled adult children was in breach of Human Rights Act.

Harlen v Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development  [2012] NZAR 185 (HC)

Appealing Social Security Appeal Authority decision not to take account of the poverty of Mrs H and dependent daughter when exercising discretion whether to waive her debt.

Child Poverty Action Group v Attorney-General [2011] NZAR 185 (HC) 

Opposing application to recall High Court judgment.

Attorney General v Howard [2011] 1 NZLR 58 (CA)

Defending decision of High Court and Tribunal relating to Declaration of Inconsistency between Accident Compensation legislation and New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. 

Smith v Air New Zealand [2011] 2 NZLR 17 (CA) 

Appealing decision in relation to challenge to company policy of charging persons with supplementary oxygen needs. 

McAlister v Air New Zealand [2010] 1 NZLR 153; 8 HRNZ 801; [2009] ERNZ 410. (SC)

Intervener in claim by pilot over 60 relating to age discrimination in employment conditions due to international regulations.