Professional Testimonials 2020-11-19T13:26:39+13:00

Professional Testimonials

The views of the ‘umpire’, one’s opponent and others involved in the system can be illuminating when searching for assistance on your drink driving, traffic, or criminal charges.

You’ll find just some of those views below.

A judge said …

Ms Taghavi! your submissions were immensly helpful and comprehensive and I loved the executive summary.”


Ruling of a judge on a S106 Application …

Paragraph [10]: “I have been greatly assisted by the comprehensive legal submissions which have been filed by counsel for the defendant and the affidavits, both from the defendant and also in support of her proposition as to the likely effects on her residency and ability to travel. The police do not seek to challenge the evidence that has been filed.”


Part of a conversation between the judge and the police at a hearing …

“Ms. Taghavi! I should really thank you for your excellent submissions. You didn’t leave any rooms for any questions.” The judge then turned to the Police for their view. The Sergeant said: “Well! after those comments, I won’t take the risk of opposing it! all good with the Police!”


A judge said to our client …

“Mr C., you should be very grateful to your counsel and her fantastic efforts. She is the only one who made sense today and knew what she was doing.”


A District Court judge wrote …

“Normally when faced with an application that I am now faced with for a discharge without conviction, oral submissions are generally presented to the court. Mr Winkler, counsel for the defendant, has, as is his habit, carefully prepared written submissions and attached relevant authorities. He has also provided documentation in the form of references and other documents attesting to the previous good record of the defendant. Mr Winkler seeks to have him discharged without conviction.

Having read the submissions, I am satisfied that the threshold has been reached and that in this case the consequences of a conviction on the remaining charge would be out of proportion to the gravity of the offending. Accordingly, he is discharged without conviction on the remaining charge.”


The same judge in another case wrote …

“Mr Winkler, counsel for Mr B, has prepared a very elaborate and extremely helpful submission, as he always does in applications like this. Having read Mr Winkler’s submission and the documents attached, it is clearly appropriate that the application in this case be granted.”


Another judge said …

“Excellent submissions. That makes my job a lot easier”. (the judge went on to discharge without conviction).


Still another said …

“Mr Winkler, your submissions are as thorough as ever”.


“A prosecutor wrote …

“There is no point in opposing your written submission. It is so thorough you’ll get what you want.”


A police officer in charge of one of our clients’ cases said …

“Winkler is known around here as the “Smiling Assassin”.


Helen Black (Professional Alcohol Counsellor) wrote …

“If any other lawyer set up a third of the counselling that Patrick Winkler organises, it would be wonderful.”


Mr S.T. (himself a lawyer, whose drink drive charge we got dismissed) wrote …

“I thank Patrick for his diligence and persistence in my case. He never runs out of fresh ideas.

For God’s glory, the 300 men selected were enough for Gideon. Amen!”


And from another lawyer (who after winning a case at the High Court) said …

I only won it because of Patrick and what he told me was possible.

The former Chief District Court Judge describing our written submission, said …

“It’s a very impressive document.”


A lawyer who we helped win his own case emailed us …

“Guess what?

I slapped the written material you supplied to me down in front of the prosecutor.

And she read it …

Then read the file …

Then went and told the police officer in charge of the case …

And then withdrew the refusing to give blood and careless driving charges.

U ‘guys’ (and girls) Rock!

Thank u so much.”


And from an Auckland District Court Judge …

“I trust Mr Winkler”

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