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I am a barrister at Thorndon Chambers in Wellington, New Zealand.

I have conducted proceedings at all levels of the New Zealand courts, before the Waitangi Tribunal and in United Nations fora. I have also contributed to cases here and in other jurisdictions, including significant constitutional litigation in Samoa; the one case heard to date before the High Court of Tokelau; one appearance in the Privy Council before we did away with that; an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court.

I have worked with individual, non-governmental, corporate and public sector clients across a broad range of public law issues: asylum and extradition; information and privacy; inquiries and compliance; legislation and law reform; national and international human rights; national security law; public and, on occasion, private international law, including international family law; obligations under te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi; and a wide range of regulatory, investigative and other significant powers.

I hold legal aid approvals for civil proceedings and appeals and also undertake a proportion of pro bono work; am designated as a special advocate under the Immigration Act 2009; and am an active member of the New Zealand Law Society Public and Administrative law reform committee. I also write articles and papers from time to time and give seminars, including for continuing legal education.

To contact me, use the link to the side of the screen. If you’re looking for the London Ben Keith, who is also barrister and who – as it happens – is a specialist in extradition law, his chambers page is here.