Civil Appeals
Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Coronial Inquests
Criminal & Fraud Trials
Employment Law
Health & Safety
Inquiry Work
Professional Disciplinary Issues
Professional Negligence
Regulatory Prosecutions

Tim Mackenzie

03 741 1039

027 276 1897


PO Box 9344
Tower Junction
Christchurch 8149

I accept instructions across a range of dispute work. I have a mixed background of experience including as a senior crown prosecutor and in a senior role in a national firms litigation team.

My particular litigation interests are general civil and commercial, professional negligence and discipline, employment law, and regulatory criminal matters (particularly health and safety and transport/aviation).

Recent experience includes:

  • Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in negligence claims in the High Court.
  • Director and shareholder trial in the High Court.
  • Urgent ex parte injunction for a multi-national company to halt the threatened actions of a departed employee.
  • Acting for Standards Committees and the New Zealand Law Society in tribunal prosecutions, appeals and judicial review proceedings through to the Supreme Court.
  • Undertaking independent investigations in employment and company disputes.
  • Acting in contentious coroner’s inquests.
  • Representing employers and employees in employment litigation.
  • Acting as prosecutor in a private prosecution of the New Zealand Defence Force of a Health and Safety charge.
  • Appeal to the High Court from a health and safety sentencing.
  • Representing employers and employees in WorkSafe investigations.
  • Representing various professionals in conduct investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Reported or notable decisions:

  • Lawyers Disciplinary Tribunal – Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (leave)  McGuire SC McGuire CA
  • McRaeway Group Limited v Lane Neave (solicitors negligence summary judgment) MGL v Lane Neave
  • Te Mania Livestock Limited litigation (lengthy Companies Act/property law trial) TML
  • Lim v Meadow Mushrooms Ltd (2015) 10 NZELC 79-060 Lim v MM
  • Jones v WorkSafe New Zealand (2015) 12 NZELR 704 Jones
  • Creeggan v New Zealand Defence Force (private HSE prosecution) NZDF
  • Queenstown Lakes District Licensing Inspector v Turnbull Group Ltd [2011] NZAR 554 Turnbull
  • CH & DL Properties Ltd v Christchurch District Licensing Agency (2010) 20 PRNZ 680 CH DL CH DL 1
  • Civil Aviation Authority v Griffiths [2010] DCR 169 CAA

Memberships and appointments:

  • Senior Crown Prosecutor.
  • Amicus Curiae.
  • Litigation Skills faculty.
  • Lecturer, University of Canterbury law school, employment law paper.
  • Litigation Committee, NZLS Canterbury-Westland branch.
  • Health and Safety Committee, ADLSI.
  • Volunteer lawyer, Community Law Canterbury.

Outside of work Tim enjoys spending time with his young family and dogs, mountain biking, skiing, and boating.