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Alison Mills is employed as a barrister by Simon Mount QC. She recently returned from three years in the Cook Islands as Senior Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office. While there, she was a responsible for the prosecution of serious crime, civil and public law litigation as well as the provision of legal advice to all of government particularly in the areas of fisheries, maritime law, international law and environmental law. She has strong interest in the pacific and the development of the law and legal practice in the area.
Alison has a broad range litigation and legal experience. She has appeared in Tribunals and Courts at all levels both in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. She commenced her career in 2001 as a Law Clerk in a small law practice that specialised in providing commercial and corporate advice to Māori groups and Treaty of Waitangi litigation. This was followed by time at the Crown Law Office working predominately in public law, including judicial review, immigration and fisheries as well as in the criminal law team.
She has extensive experience in professional regulation, complaints and discipline, as well as privacy and health law. She was legal counsel in the Director of Proceeding’s office at the Health and Disability Commissioner and also established the first in-house legal team for the Medical Council where she provided advice to the Council, professional conduct committees, as well as managing investigations of complaints and prosecutions of doctors for professional misconduct. She also is an experienced Crown Prosecutor.
Prior to completing her law degree, Alison trained and worked in early childhood education.
LLB (Hons) (2003) Victoria University of Wellington
LLM (Hons) (2012) University of Auckland
Certificate in Mediation Practice (Massey University 2017)
Admitted to the Bar (New Zealand) 2003
Admitted to the Bar (Cook Islands) 2015
Awarded the Swarbrick Dixon Prize for first in Legal Systems (2000)
Legal Research Foundation Prize for Law (2000)