Thu 23 February | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | Stamford Plaza MAP

Please note change of date - from 10 November 2016 to Thursday 23 February 2017

Representing refugees at the Immigration and Protection Tribunal is complex and demanding and these appeals require a different skill-set from other matters before the Tribunal. This seminar will provide practical guidance on how to best represent a client from initial meetings through to appearing at a hearing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn more about what needs to be discussed at interviews with clients to prepare their cases and how to deal with the vulnerabilities that often apply in refugee situations.
  • Gain insights into case preparation; how to prepare for pre-hearing telephone conferences including what evidence may be relevant and the importance of supporting documentation, the availability of witnesses and the use of experts.
  • Receive guidance on the preparation of clients for the hearing itself, how to best present your clients case and the importance of written submissions and oral closing submissions. 

Who should attend?

All lawyers representing refugee clients in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal and those who may wish to do so in the future.


In person registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend in person.

To register to attend via live stream click here.


John McBride

John McBride is a barrister specialising in immigration, intellectual property and trade practices law, employment law and property litigation.

He went to the Bar in 2007, after being a partner at Auckland firm Shieff Angland since 1988. John has practised in the immigration area for over 25 years, across the range of work, from business and skills applications through to refugee and protection claims. He is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Immigration and Refugee Committee and was its initial convenor from 2010-2013. He has presented at seminars and conferences in the fields of immigration, and also on employment law, Fair Trading Act, Consumer Guarantees Act and trade practices topics. 

John practises from premises in Albert Street, Auckland.

Deborah Manning

Deborah Manning is a New Zealand barrister specialising in all areas of human rights law including refugee and immigration law. From 2008-2011, she was a senior legal consultant to a Geneva human rights organisation which represents victims of grave human rights violations in the Arab region. She was co-counsel for the Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui, successfully representing him in the review of the first national security risk certificate issued in New Zealand from 2003- 2007.  This was a landmark case which saw successful applications and appeals before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – with Rodney Harrison QC as lead counsel.

Deborah is an Executive Member of the Human Rights Foundation (first holding this Membership in 2002), and has been an Executive Member of the Refugee Council of New Zealand from 2000. She is the current convener of the Auckland District Law Society Refugee and Immigration Committee.

Deborah currently practices as a barrister at Landmark Chambers in Auckland.


Martin Treadwell
Deputy Chair
Immigration and Protection Tribunal