Simon Mount QC practises in Auckland and Wellington. He specialises in public law, criminal and regulatory law including health and safety, professional discipline and public inquiries.
Simon Mount KC practises in Auckland and Wellington. He specialises in public law, criminal and regulatory law including health and safety, professional discipline and public inquiries.
Simon 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:
Counsel for Earthquake Commission in Dame Silvia Cartwright’s Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission
Commercial judicial review
Counsel for Heinz Watties Ltd in judicial review of MBIE tariff decision
Criminal appeal in Privy Council
Representing the Crown in complex criminal appeal in the Privy Council arising from the Pitcairn Islands.
Public Inquiries and Inquests
Counsel to two Royal Commissions, several Inquiries Act inquiries, non-statutory inquiries including Dame Margaret Bazley’s review of Russell McVeagh, and numerous Coroners’ Inquests. Acting as inquirer/reviewer in inquiries.
Regulatory and criminal defence
Acting for and advising the defence in criminal and regulatory prosecutions, for example under Biosecurity Act, Immigration Act and others including fraud and extradition.
Health and Safety
Counsel for defence and prosecution in many health and safety cases; advising boards and individuals about their obligations.
Counsel for Professional Conduct Committee of New Zealand Medical Council in Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal cases.
Acting and advising in various forms of civil litigation including media law, contractual disputes, public and administrative law / Treaty of Waitangi.