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Simon is a partner in our civil and commercial litigation team. He provides advice and representation with respect to all aspects of immigration litigation, including deportation appeals, refugee and protected person appeals, residence appeals, immigration fraud and High Court appeals.  In addition, Simon deals with criminal charges and appeals against convictions, employment disputes and prosecutions, health & safety prosecutions, and civil disputes. 

Simon is a member of the New Zealand Immigration and Refugee Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.

Why our clients choose Simon: Our clients value Simon for his deep understanding of dispute resolution and litigation - derived from years of experience representing clients in Tribunals and Courts.  His calm nature and strategic thinking provide support to his clients during stressful periods.

Simon's journey: Simon is a native of Ireland with a degree from Nottingham Trent University. Before he moved to New Zealand, he was employed with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office in Dublin. He was later assigned to work with the Criminal Assets Bureau where he focused on proceeds of crime prosecutions and extradition.

In 2008, Simon joined us at Young Hunter. He completed transferring his qualifications and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in February 2009. He became a partner at Young Hunter in 2018.

Simon's values: It is important to Simon to build a personal connection with his clients. He understands what is at stake with every case and is always striving to find new, innovative strategies to achieve excellent outcomes for his clients.

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Plus Icon Minus Icon Refugee and protected person appeals
  • DU (Pakistan) [2020] NZIPT 801649-650 (successful refugee appeal for a Pakistan lawyer relating to allegations of blasphemy).

  • AU (Egypt) [2020] NZIPT 600629 (successful deportation appeal which arose as a result of convictions relating to trespass, assault and burglary).

  • AQ (Ethiopia) [2019] NZIPT 504414 (successful humanitarian appeal under Article 3 of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child).

  • EW (China) [2019] NZIPT 801571 (successful appeal for a Chinese Christian facing persecution).

  • Andrey Danilovich [2020] NZIPT 600620 (successful deportation appeal arising out of a criminal conviction for male assaults female).

  • AJ (United Kingdom) [2016] NZIPT 600236 (successful appeal arising out of convictions for sexual violation charges).

  • Fetuao Luaufui [2013] NZIPT 600023 (successful appeal arising out of charges relating to sexual violation and unlawful sexual connections.

  • Tajinder Singh [2016] NZIPT 600228 (successful deportation appeal arising out of convictions for rape and passport fraud).

  • Guanbin Guo [2015] NZIPT 202693 (successful residence appeal).

  • Ge Samaranay Ake [2017] NZIPT 204007 (successful residence appeal).

  • Chew Soon Huat [2017] NZIPT 204290 (successful residence appeal).

  • Tiffany Seinders [2019] NZIPT 205193 (successful residence appeal which involved convictions for dishonesty related offending).

  • BD (SSRV) [2020] NZIPT 205739 (successful appeal for second or subsequent resident visa on grounds of special circumstances).

  • New Zealand Immigration Services v HA (Fiji) CIV 2017 009 003 403 (successful appeal against immigration detention under s 313 of the Immigration Act).

  • HA (Fiji) [2019] NZIPT 801634 (successful refugee and protected person claim relating to risks in home country).

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  • Jones v GBC South Island Ltd [2015] NZERA Christchurch 62.

  • Isherwood v Insyn Ltd [2001] NZERA Christchurch 138.

  • Health and Safety Inspector v Everitt Enterprises Limited CRN 1030 125 00484.

  • Department of Labour v Pankhurst Sawmilling Company Limited CRN 040 255 00304.

  • Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment v LRK Trays Limited CRN 030 705 02095.

  • Worksafe New Zealand v Stump Master Limited [2018] NZDC 900.

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  • Carroll v Police [2018] NZHC 2930 (successful appeal against one charge of common assault)

  • Gordon v Police [2020] NZDC 23661 (successful appeal for excess breath alcohol)

  • Kumar v Police [2020] NZDC 9312 (successful appeal for one charge of careless use causing injury)

  • Kent v Police CRI 2020 009 008517 (discharge without conviction for drink driving charge)


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