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Tim Mackenzie

03 741 1039

027 276 1897


PO Box 9344
Tower Junction
Christchurch 8149

Tim has practised in senior roles in the litigation team of a national law firm and prior to that as a crown prosecutor.

Tim accepts instructions across a range of litigation. This includes civil and commercial, professional liability and discipline, employment, and regulatory criminal offences (particularly Health and Safety offences) .

Recent experience includes:

  • Acting for Standards Committees and the New Zealand Law Society in tribunal prosecutions, appeals and judicial review proceedings through to the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in negligence claims in the High Court.
  • Estate and will challenge proceedings in the High Court.
  • Director and shareholder trial in the High Court.
  • Obtaining an urgent ex parte injunction for a multi-national company to halt the actions of a departed employee.
  • Undertaking independent investigations in employment and company disputes.
  • Acting for parties in contentious coroner’s inquests.
  • Representing employers and employees in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.
  • 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 in WorkSafe investigations.
  • Representing professionals in conduct investigations and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Acting for council inspectors, police and private licencees in Sale of Alcohol litigation from council hearings through to High Court Appeals.

Reported decisions:

  • Lim v Meadow Mushrooms Ltd (2015) 10 NZELC 79-060.
  • Jones v WorkSafe New Zealand (2015) 12 NZELR 704.
  • Queenstown Lakes District Licensing Inspector v Turnbull Group Ltd [2011] NZAR 554.
  • CH & DL Properties Ltd v Christchurch District Licensing Agency (2010) 20 PRNZ 680.
  • Civil Aviation Authority v Griffiths [2010] DCR 169.

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.