Simon Mount QC


Telephone: +64 9 379 1510

Mobile: +64 21 444 637

[email protected]

Post: PO Box 1952, Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1140.


Simon Mount QC is a barrister specialising in public law, criminal and regulatory law, professional discipline and public inquiries.

He began his career as a Judges Clerk in 1995, received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1997, and an LLM degree from Columbia Law School in New York in 1999. He was a Crown Prosecutor for 10 years before joining the independent bar and working primarily in the fields of public law, inquiries, regulatory law, criminal law and professional discipline.  He is admitted to practise in the Cook Islands and is the Attorney-General for the Pitcairn Islands.  He is an updating editor of Cross on Evidence, and a frequent author and presenter in the areas of public law, inquiries, evidence, criminal and medical law.

His expertise includes:

  • Public and administrative law
  • Medical and coronial law
  • Civil litigation including judicial review
  • Health and Safety
  • Professional Discipline
  • Regulatory law and fraud
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Public inquiries and inquests
  • Appeals
  • Media law
  • Privacy and official information
  • International criminal law and extradition

Recent and Notable Cases

Counsel assisting, Pike River Royal Commission, 2011-2012
Counsel for New Zealand Police, Inquest into the death of the Kahui twins, 2010-2012
R v Moses (Nathans Finance), High Court, 2011 – finance company / securities litigation *
R v Beckham [2012] Court of Appeal – legal privilege, breach of the NZ Bill of Rights Act, and prosecutorial misconduct
R v Smith [2008] NZSC 110; 24 NZTC 23,004, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (leave) – GST and PAYE fraud
Cropp v Judicial Committee [2008] 3 NZLR 774, Supreme Court – judicial review, drug testing, Bill of Rights Act *
Christian v R [2007] 2 AC 400 (Privy Council) constitutional and administrative law *
R v Ahmed [2010] 1 NZLR 262, Court of Appeal, citizen’s powers of arrest
Police v Barr [2008] NZCA 124 medical expenses in breath alcohol cases
Martin Simmons Air Conditioning v Department of Labour, 2008, High Court, Health and Safety in Employment
R v Grygoruk High Court, 2008, computer fraud
R v Naea, High Court, 2007, lead counsel in 12-accused attempted murder trial
Zhang v Chief Executive Department of Corrections, High Court, 2005, Habeas Corpus
E v Refugee Status Appeals Authority 2005, High Court, Judicial Review
* (Second / junior counsel)

Selected publications and conference papers:

Consulting editor and updating author, Introduction to Advocacy (NZ Law Society 2008)
Immigration and Refugee Law (book review) [2010] NZLJ
“Criminal Appeals”, Legal Research Foundation Seminar, February 2009
“Freedom of Expression”, Bill of Rights Intensive, NZ Law Society 2008
“The Interface Between the Media and the Law”, [2006] NZ L Rev 413
“The prosecutor and the media: balancing free speech and freedom of the press” NZ Law Society Symposium 2006
R v Shaheed: The Prima Facie Rule Revisited [2003] NZ L Rev 45

Qualifications and Career

Qualifications and career

LLB(Hons), LLM (Auckland)

LLM (Columbia)

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, Cook Islands, and Pitcairn Islands


Awards and scholarships

Fulbright Scholarship

Cleary Memorial Prize

Kensington Swan Law Prize

Shieff Angland Law Prize

Senior Prize in Law

Auckland University Postgraduate Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship nomination, University of Auckland


Professional background

Queen’s Counsel 2017

Barrister, Bankside Chambers, 2010 – present

Crown Prosecutor, Meredith Connell, 2000-2010

Associate in Law, Columbia University in New York, 1997-1999

Judges Clerk, High Court of New Zealand, 1995-1996