About Counsel Assisting

Posted 29 Aug 2011 by RoyalCommission Popular
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About Counsel Assisting

Two Counsel Assisting (lawyers), Stephen Mills QC and Mark Zarifeh, have been appointed to the  Commission. Their role is to:

  • Supervise and conduct the investigations, including gathering all relevant information, documentation and interviewing witnesses 
  • Be a sounding board for the Commission
  • Establish open communication with all parties and encourage cooperation
  • Call evidence at the hearings
  • Carry out other functions as the Commission directs

About Stephen Mills QC

Stephen Mills QC holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Auckland, where he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship with overseas tenure. He has an LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the American Trial Lawyers Association Prize in Environmental Law. 

He was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan and has held faculty positions at the University of Auckland, Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law, in Portland, Oregon, and the universities of Western Ontario and Dalhousie in Canada.

He is a former chairperson of Chapman Tripp, where he was a senior litigation partner in its Auckland office.  He joined the independent bar in 2002 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2007. He is a member of Shortland Chambers.

He is a member of the Rules Committee and is on the Council of the New Zealand Bar Association.  He is the President Elect of the Association.

His principal areas of practice are:

  • Commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Public law
  • Building and construction
  • Defamation and media
  • Trade Practices

 +64 3 741 3013
Stephen.Mills@royalcommissio n.govt.nz

About Mark Zarifeh

Mark Zarifeh is a partner at Raymond Donnelly, a Christchurch law firm which has held the Crown Warrant since 1911. He has over 24 years experience as a Crown Prosecutor which has included appearing for the Crown:

  • In numerous trials in both the District and High Courts
  • On appeals to the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Privy Council
  • In High Court judicial review proceedings
  • Before Disciplinary Tribunals and Parole Board Hearings
  • Prosecuting as a member of the Serious Fraud Office prosecutor's panel since 1997

+ 64 3 741 3014
Mark.Zarifeh@royalcommission. govt.nz



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