Immigration & Refugee Law

The ADLS Immigration & Refugee Law Committee organises a range of seminars for lawyers seeking to enter into or improve in the practice of immigration law. It fosters support and collegiality with a focus on best practice and preserving the role of lawyers in the immigration process. In addition to making submissions and advocating for law reform the Committee liaises with Immigration NZ, the Immigration Protection Tribunal and the UNHCR in its attempts to safeguard the rights of refugees.

The effects and extent of migration remains a topic of debate within New Zealand. The ADLS Immigration & Refugee Law Committee considers and responds to developments of interest to practitioners in the field of immigration for the benefit of the public and for the professionals representing them. It provides a vehicle for legislative change and best practice.

As a watchdog, the Committee monitors and makes submissions where appropriate on proposed government legislation and/or policy relevant to our specialist field. Committee members have made appearances before the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee. Often the focus of these submissions is to contain the ever increasing and encroaching powers of government agents.

As a representative, the Committee has invested a lot of time building and enhancing bi-lateral communication between government agents and ADLS. This includes meetings with Senior Management from the Immigration New Zealand to ensure transparency in their dealings with applicants. At times it has been necessary to escalate issues to the Deputy Secretary - Department of Labour, particularly in relation to the Immigration Profiling Branch. We have also put matters before the Office of the Ombudsman. Bilateral meetings between ADLS and the Refugee Status Branch occur on an ‘as required basis’ to address refugee issues.

Finally, the Committee identifies CPD Seminars that would assist practitioners, focusing on either emerging areas of law or entry level seminars to assist new practitioners. At present ADLS is rolling out a series of seminars aimed at upskilling the increasing number of lawyers entering the immigration field for the first time.

The Committee welcomes enquiries from new members through either the Convenor Deborah Manning or Committee Secretary Melissa Fini on


Deborah Manning (Convenor)

Phone 021 344 328 - Email

Gurbrinder Aulakh

Gurbrinder has more than 20 years of overseas and NZ experience in law. A lawyer at a High Court Bar in India, he was also elected to its executive committee. He has successfully represented clients at the High Court, District Court and Tribunals. He has served as the Chair, Deputy Chair and Advisor to organisations working with the Refugees and Migrants.

Phone 09 320 4976 - Email
Ryken and Associates

Stewart Dalley

Stewart is a barrister and solicitor and works across all aspects of immigration and refugee law. He has an interest in employment law, having been a senior union representative in the UK for nearly 15 years. He also has an interest in domestic and international surrogacy and adoption law.

Phone 09 356 7370 - Email
MK Law

Michael Kim

Michael comes from a unique background of formerly working as an immigration officer at Immigration New Zealand prior to practising as a lawyer. As an immigration officer, Michael was responsible for assessing resident visa applications of various types.

Phone 09 365 1110 - Email

Simon Lamain

Phone 09 302 2599 - Email
Laurent Law

Simon Laurent

Simon Laurent has developed a strong reputation as a leader in the Immigration field. He has chaired and presented numerous industry seminars, and provided comment for the media. He was Chairman of the NZ Association for Migration and Investment between 2010 and 2012. He was named the NZAMI Immigration Lawyer/Adviser of the Year in 2013.

Phone 09 630 0411 - Email
Avondale Law

Tonderai Mukusha

Phone 09 820 8635 - Email
Bytalus Legal

Manel Samarakoon

Manel being an immigrant herself, understands the potential and difficult challenges that many of her clients face. This knowledge and experience have allowed her to handle a number of complex legal matters in assisting her clients to live and work in New Zealand. Manel focuses on providing compassionate and diligent legal care at all times.

Phone 09 481 0688 - Email
Pacific Legal

Richard Small

Richard has over 20 years of specialist experience as a lawyer in this field. A past Chair and member of the New Zealand Society Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law committee, Richard also served on the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Association of Migration Investment (NZAMI) in 2015-2018 and was its policy chair in 2017-2018.

Phone 0800 722 534 - Email
Ryken and Associates

Pooja Sundar

Phone 09 356 7370 - Email

Joseph Tresidder

Phone 09 302 2599 - Email
08 Jun 2012

Immigration Amendment Bill 2012

Submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on the Immigration Amendment Bill 2012

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19 Sep 2011

Response to INZ Policy Review Regarding the Role and Scope of its ‘PPI’ process in offshore applications for temporary visas

Submission to Immigration New Zealand in response to INZ Policy Review Regarding the Role and Scope of its ‘PPI’ process in offshore applications for temporary visas

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09 Jul 2010

Review of Immigration Policies for Religious Workers

Submission to the Department of Labour in response to the Review of Immigration Policies for Religious Workers consultation document

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