With over twenty years experience in his field, Patrick has been the ‘go-to guy’ for countless clients who have wanted the remorseless tenacity that makes all the difference. Patrick is not only interested in getting the best results under the existing law for our clients but also in making the existing law way better than it is. To this end Patrick has devoted serious investment to several law reform efforts. Patrick has been invited to be a witness before government select committees on five occasions and his submissions have led the government to abandon proposed restrictions on individual rights and freedoms. Patrick is a member of several professional associations including the Criminal Bar Association, the Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers and the New Zealand Law Society.
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Sami holds a Masters degree in Criminal Law from the University of Auckland, criminal defence work having been her ambition since childhood, growing up with a father who was a criminal defence lawyer and later a judge. Sami’s tremendous work ethic, gift for strategy and computer-like memory mean that our clients’ best interests are constantly being carefully supervised. While employed as a barrister working under Patrick, Sami’s successes also span other levels of the criminal justice system. For instance, Sami has been triumphant in fighting intended restrictions on individual rights and freedoms within the criminal court system. Her tenacity in lobbying against government proposals earned her the nickname “Bulldog” from a former government minister. She is a member of the NZSL.
Sarah is the newest employee on our team. She is passionate about helping clients and seeking outstanding outcomes for them. Alongside practising as a junior barrister, Sarah is completing her Masters of Law degree in criminal law, at the Auckland University of Technology. Her primary focus of study is on the credibility of memory and its application in New Zealand law, a highly important area since many defendants are convicted or acquitted on the basis of witness recollection. Before starting at Active Legal, Sarah gained experience in crown as well as police prosecutions. This experience has given her a perceptive understanding on how both sides, prosecution and defence, operate within the criminal court system.
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