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If you need assistance concerning a criminal or traffic prosecution, youth advocacy and mental health advocacy, or advice with respect to your dealings with the Police, or other help with respect to the criminal law and related processes, please contact me.


Member of New Zealand Police for 17 years attaining commissioned rank of Inspector.

Legal advisor at Police National Headquarters, Wellington, for 6 years.

Graduated LLB, 1981, from Victoria University of Wellington. Resigned from Police 1982 to practise law full time.

Staff solicitor and partner in general common law practice in Hamilton for 5 years, and barrister sole thereafter to present. Specialising in criminal, mental health, youth justice, traffic and related areas of law.

Was ministerially appointed as District Inspector of mental health services from time to time for 19 years and ceased this role in June 2008.

Currently practising principally, but not exclusively, in the Bay of Plenty region from Tauranga, New Zealand.

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