Civil Appeals
Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Coronial Inquests
Employment Law
Inquiry Work
Professional Disciplinary Issues
Professional Negligence
Regulatory Prosecutions

Tim Mackenzie

027 276 1897


PO Box 9344
Tower Junction
Christchurch 8149


I was admitted in 2004. I have worked across a range of litigation disciplines in a national litigation firm and as a Crown Prosecutor. I joined the bar in 2015 and continue to enjoy a mixed practice.

The work I like to do 

My litigation interests are general civil and commercial, professional negligence and discipline, employment law, and regulatory criminal matters (particularly health and safety and transport/aviation). I have conducted dozens of trials and appeals as lead counsel across all of these jurisdictions.

My clients that I work with cover a full spectrum, from one off assistance for individuals and SMEs, through to ongoing work with listed companies and large insurers.

I regularly undertake independent work as amicus curiae, counsel assisting and standby counsel in civil, criminal and Coroners courts.

As an investigator I conduct independent inquiries and investigations in workplaces and governance situations.

I am an AMINZ associate member and have been involved in dozens of mediations, from short two party disputes to days long commercial/insurance mediation with 10+ parties. I can offer my services as a mediator to a range of different types of disputes.

In addition to keeping Chambers in Canterbury I am often found in Wanaka. I am available to take instructions across New Zealand and particularly the lower South Island.

Case examples

Civil/commercial litigation cases

  • Fraser v Tower Insurance Limited [2019] NZHC 2768 (as amicus curiae, costs jurisdiction of High Court after transfer to Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal). Fraser
  • Waitaki District Council v Vickers [2019] NZHC 1723 (as amicus curiae, powers of District Court in a Dog Control Act appeal). Vickers
  • Wiremu v Ashby [2019] NZHC 558 (for plaintiff, successful defamation trial, every statutory defence raised by defendant). Wiremu v Ashby
  • McGuire v Secretary for Justice [2018] NZSC 116, [2019] 1 NZLR 335, (2018) 24 PRNZ 350 (as second counsel for NZ Bar association, whether lay litigants, lawyer lay litigants and in house counsel should receive costs awards in civil proceedings). McGuire SC
  • McRaeway Group Limited v Lane Neave  [2017] NZHC 1138 (for plaintiff, solicitors negligence summary judgment). MGL v Lane Neave
  • Te Mania Livestock Limited [2018] NZCCLR 3 (lengthy Companies Act/property law trial). TML
  • McGuire v New Zealand Law Society [2015] NZCA 569 (for NZLS, procedures of Disciplinary Tribunal).  McGuire SC McGuire CA
  • Queenstown Lakes District Licensing Inspector v Turnbull Group Ltd [2011] NZAR 554 (for Inspector, point of law appeal). Queenstown Lakes District Licensing Agency Inspector v Turnbull Group Ltd
  • CH & DL Properties Ltd v Christchurch District Licensing Agency (2010) 20 PRNZ 680 (for Inspector, fresh evidence on point of law appeal).  CH DL

Regulatory/criminal law

  • Stumpmaster v WorkSafe NZ [2018] 3 NZLR 881, (2018) 15 NZELR 1100 (for appellant, first/guideline sentencing appeal under new Health and Safety act, full court). Stumpmaster v Worksafe New Zealand
  • NZTA v Gabani [2018] DCR 502 (for defendant, application of special plea of previous conviction against a previous infringement).Gabani DCR
  • WorkSafe NZ v Rangiora Carpets Limited [2018] DCR 276 (for defendant, second sentencing under new HS act, attempts at re-banding). Rangiora
  • Jones v WorkSafe New Zealand (2015) 12 NZELR 704 (for appellant, relevance of WorkSafe guidelines). Jones v Worksafe New Zealand
  • Creeggan v New Zealand Defence Force (for private prosecutor, private HSE prosecution). NZDF
  • Civil Aviation Authority v Griffiths [2010] DCR 169 (for CAA, dishonesty tests). Civil Aviation Authority v Griffiths

Employment law

  • Lyttelton Port Company Limited v Pender [2019] ERNZ 224 (for plaintiff, CEA interpretation, good faith, promotion expectations, admissibility of evidence).  Pender 2019_ERNZ_224
  • Lyttelton Port Company Limited v Arthurs (2018) 15 NZELR 624 (for plaintiff, medical incapacity termination issues). Lyttelton Port Co Ltd v Arthurs
  • Lim v Meadow Mushrooms Ltd (2015) 10 NZELC 79-060 (for defendant, approach to Challenges). Lim

Current or previous roles, memberships and appointments:

  • Member, Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.
  • Deputy Chair, New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.
  • Litigation Skills faculty member.
  • Lecturer, University of Canterbury law school, employment law paper.
  • Counsel Assisting, Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.
  • AMINZ Associate Member
  • Volunteer lawyer, Community Law Canterbury.
  • Senior Crown Prosecutor.
  • Level 4 provider Legal Services Agency.
  • Marriage celebrant.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my young family and dogs, mountain biking, skiing, boating and travelling.

Client Care Information can be found here: Client Information