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 civil and criminal litigation, regulatory law, health and media law, 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 litigator and Crown Prosecutor in Auckland from 2000-2010, and has appeared at all levels in the New Zealand court system, including the Privy Council.  His expertise includes:

  • Regulatory and fraud trials
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Public inquiries and inquests
  • Appeals
  • Civil litigation including judicial review
  • Health law
  • Tribunals
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Media law
  • Immigration and refugee law
  • 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


LLB(Hons), LLM (Auckland)
LLM (Columbia)

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

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
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1995), and Pitcairn Islands (2004)