Criminal Law – New Zealand & Tonga
29 years Court experience as defence counsel in criminal jurisdiction, NZ
500+ jury and judge alone trials
Attendances at District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court
Category 4 ‘Murder list’ Criminal Legal Aid List
Sample clients/cases of note – Richard Fruen 1991 (Grafton bridge manslaughter – insanity defence), Thompson 2002 (Armour Guard ‘inside job’ robbery), John Davy 2002 – 2003 (Maori TV, CEO – leading NZ case on CV forgery), Sultan 2004 (largest passport forgery case in NZ history), Howe 2005 (‘samurai execution style’ double murder), Herewini 2005 (Auckland ‘Queen Street Fires’ – largest arson case in NZ history), Ulu’akiola 2006 (‘wife/provocation’ murder), Hamilton-Gates 2006 Operation Washworld – manufacturing class A drugs – unlawful search) – Tuhoe Lambert 2007 – 2011 Maori Terrorist Camps – Operation 8 (first terrorism case in NZ history), QC from UK (Cleared of Perjury Charge), Supreme Court, Tonga 2011, Urhle 2013 (Mt Roskill street murder), Kali Fungavaka civil suit case (NZ Police Officer beaten to death in Tonga) 2013 – 2014, Dougherty 2013 (Serious Fraud GST), Operation Ark 2014 (leading test case for controlled drug analogues), Fungavaka 2014 (Kaitaia car driving murder trial), Financial Markets Authority (FMA) 2016-2017 serious fraud $20 mill, Young 2017 (Hamilton serious fraud).
Principal researcher & writer (secondment to Ministry of Justice, NZ) of the Pacific Island Crime Prevention Strategy for Auckland Region 2005
Sport, Entertainment Law & International
20+ years international experience and 170+ international sports related contracts (for sport individuals & clubs) in sport/entertainment/sponsorship law/management areas
Sample client/sport entities of note – Australia (Rugby League): Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, Manly, Parramatta Eels, Cronulla Sharks, Auckland Warriors, England (League): St Helens, Wigan, Halifax, Leeds, Castleford, Bradford Bulls, Warrington and Wigan, England (Rugby Union) London Irish, Sale, Saracens, London Irish, Richmond, Leicester, Sale, Saracens, Harlequins, Bath, Richmond, Bedford, Wasps Japan: Secom, Sanyo, Toyota, Honda Italy: Milan, Padova, Roma, Benetton Treviso Spain: Barcelona New Zealand: Auckland, Waikato, North Harbour, Canterbury and Wellington
2008 – 2012 Royal Land Commissioner
Former Royal land Commisioner – Extensive 3 ½ year inquiry into land matters in the Kingdom of Tonga – 100+ public hearings & internal hearings and inquiries conducted in Singapore, Samoa, New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington), Australia (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane), USA (LA, San Fransisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Hawaii) and the Kingdom of Tonga. RLC Report published 2012. * The Royal Land Commission of Inquiry has been the largest and most extensive public inquiry ever carried out by the Government of Tonga.
Hotel & Resort Development – Kingdom of Tonga
10 years experience in Tonga – counsel for the internationally acclaimed 5 star Warwick International Hotels Group NZD $60 million investment (Vava’u Island Group), Lomipeau Resort & Marina Development NZD $160 million investment (Tongatapu), Puatakanave Hotel (Vava’u Island Group), Mala Island Resort (Vava’u Island Group)
Commercial, Civil & Criminal Law – Kingdom of Tonga
Sample clients/cases of note – Afeaki v Fuko case 1993 (leading case on constituencies/residency/democratic voting), Fred Sevele (Prime Minister) vs Kele’a 2007- 2010 (6 x Kele’a Newspaper defamation case series – 6 x front page apologies in Kele’a), Warwick Hotel Project, Vava’u 2007 – ($60 million foreign investment), Lomipeau Hotel Project, Tongatapu 2006 – ($160 million, four phase foreign investment project), Airlines Terminal Services 2007, Puataukanave Hotel, Vava’u 2008 -, Mala Island Resort, Vava’u 2006 – 2010, Former Minister of Transport, Royal Commission of Inquiry into Sinking of MV Princess Ashika Ferry 2009 – 2010 – judicial review (Court of Appeal) key finding; ‘no evidence in Report supporting Commission’s key claim that former Minister of Transport must have known of unseaworthy condition of vessel before it sank’, Lord Ma’afu 2009 (dismissal of threatening to kill charge, Lord Dalgety Q.C. 2013 (dismissal of Perjury charge), Lord Tu’iha’ateiho 2014 (current case – possession of firearm charge), Hon K Fakafanua 2014 (land “equitable mortgage” case), R v Tupouniua Nov 2014 Court of Appeal (electoral candidate rights case)