Public and Administrative Law
Chris has acted for both private individuals and corporations who have challenged decisions of government departments, agencies and incorporated societies.
The rules of public and administrative law govern the public’s relationship with the state. They exist to ensure that the government and state do not overstep the powers given to them and to give individuals a means through which to check this power. This area of law impacts individuals’ day to day interaction with government agencies for example, when local council make housing and planning decisions and decisions made by the Accident Compensation Corporation. It also regulates broader issues relating to the Bill of Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi.
Chris has been counsel in several judicial review applications where the High Court examined the decision making process undertaken by a number of specific government agencies. He has also been engaged to consult on the litigation strategy in respect to a judicial review application to overturn the decision of an incorporated society.