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Augustine is a general civil litigator with particular familiarity with relationship property, trust and contract issues. He also has significant experience assisting arbitral tribunals, especially in rent reviews. He is a contributing author to Fisher on Matrimonial and Relationship Property, and to the New Zealand edition of Cross on Evidence.

Education

  • BCom/LLB(Hons) – University of Auckland, 2014

Bio

Augustine is a general civil litigator with particular familiarity with relationship property, trust and contract issues. He also has significant experience assisting arbitral tribunals, especially in rent reviews. He is a contributing author to Fisher on Matrimonial and Relationship Property, and to the New Zealand edition of Cross on Evidence.

Augustine studied at the University of Auckland Law School where he was co-editor in chief of the Auckland University Law Review and a Senior Scholar in Economics. Prior to joining Bankside Chambers as a member in April 2019 Augustine worked for the Hon. Robert Fisher QC and other members of Chambers.


Augustine moved from Hong Kong to New Zealand almost 25 years ago. He is fluent in Cantonese and speaks Mandarin.

Work Highlights

Smith v Shaw [2020] NZHC 238 and 1229

Interlocutory hearings as junior counsel on limits of section 57(3)(d) "interests of justice" exception to settlement negotiations privilege.


McCallum v McCallum [2019] NZHC 1925, (2019) 5 NZTR 29-018 Interlocutory hearing as sole counsel on discovery in respect of applications for Beddoe and prospective costs orders.


Byrne v Rose [2019] NZHC 273

Two week hearing as junior counsel advancing counterclaims for defects in the construction of a robotic milking dairy shed.


Dixon v Kingsley [2015] NZFC 9596

Two week hearing as junior counsel in relationship property dispute, notable for amount of compensation awarded for post-separation contributions.

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Memberships

  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Bar Association