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 Jodi Libbey on


Deborah Manning (Convenor)

Phone 021 344 328 - Email

Gurbrinder Aulakh

Gurbrinder has more than 15 years of combined overseas & NZ experience in the field of law. A lawyer & Executive Committee Member of a High Court Bar in India. He has successfully represented clients at the High Court and District Courts in litigation matters. On the community front he is the Deputy-Chair, Auckland Regional Migrant Services.

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

Emily Griffin

Phone 09 302 2599 - 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
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

Peter Moses

Peter Moses is an Auckland-based Barrister. He has been involved in immigration and refugee work since 1999, initially as a Refugee Status Officer with the New Zealand Immigration Service, and for the last ten years in private practice. He also acts in employment, civil disputes and summary criminal defence matters.

Phone 09 365 1673 - Email
Legal Associates

Raj Pardeep Singh

Phone 09 279 9439 - Email
Ryken and Associates

Garrett Wong

Phone 09 356 7370 - 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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