Administrative / Public Law
Civil Litigation
Inquiry Work
Professional Disciplinary Issues
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Christina Twyman

021 445 933


Level 11, 62 Worcester Street, Christchurch Central, 8013

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Christina graduated with an LLB(hons) degree from the University of Auckland before completing two years as a Judge’s Clerk for the Honourable Justice Rebecca Ellis at the High Court in Wellington. After being admitted to the bar in both New Zealand and Victoria in Australia, she relocated to Melbourne where she worked as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler. While in Australia she gained experience working on complex commercial disputes and regulatory investigations, while providing expert advice on a variety of legal issues for both private and State clients.

Since returning to New Zealand she has worked as an employed barrister for Anne Toohey at Canterbury Chambers, specialising in civil, regulatory, public and criminal litigation. She also works for Simon Mount QC and Kerryn Beaton QC.

In 2020, Christina was appointed as Junior Counsel Assisting to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. This appointment involves a diverse range of responsibilities including providing research and advice to investigation teams and Commissioners, supporting Senior Counsel Assisting, report drafting, interviewing survivors of abuse in care, and assisting in preparing for public hearings.

Christina is a published legal author and has three years’ experience teaching legal research, writing and advocacy at the tertiary level. She is also an associate editor for the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine.

Christina regularly appears in the District Court and High Court as lead or junior counsel and has appeared in the Court of Appeal as junior counsel.

Notable recent work experience:

  • A Professional Conduct Committee v Dr D [2021] NZHC 2259: Acting for the New Zealand Medical Council, Christina appeared as junior counsel in this successful judicial review and appeal against admissibility decision of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.
  • In August 2021, Christina appeared as junior counsel in the High Court representing a defendant company prosecuted by the Commerce Commission for engaging in conduct in trade likely to mislead consumers in breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
  • In May 2021, Christina acted and appeared as lead counsel on a successful application for a discharge without conviction on a charge of breaching a protection order (family violence).
  • Sorensen v R [2020] NZHC 2982: Acting for a client sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment for robbery, Christina appeared as junior counsel in this successful sentence appeal. Her client’s sentence was reduced to 24 months’ imprisonment, and he was immediately released on time served.
  • M v R [2020] NZCA 187: Acting for a client sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 16.5 years for murder, Christina appeared as junior counsel in a conviction and sentence appeal before the Court of Appeal.