New Zealand Law Society - Masons Lane Chambers announcement

Masons Lane Chambers announcement

Asher Emanuel, Hunter de Groot, Matt McKillop and Oliver Neas join to form Masons Lane Chambers based in Wellington.

L-R: Asher Emanuel, Hunter de Groot, Matt McKillop and Oliver Neas

Asher Emanuel has expertise in public and administrative law, the Treaty of Waitangi, professional disciplinary processes, and government inquiries. Previously Asher worked as a judges' clerk at the High Court, an investigator in the Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and a junior barrister at Clifton Chambers.

Hunter de Groot is an experienced criminal barrister with expertise at the appellate level, appearing mostly as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal. Before joining the independent bar in 2018, Hunter spent five years at John Miller Law specialising in medico-legal litigation.

Matt McKillop has expertise in administrative law, human rights law, discrimination, medico-legal and disability issues, and general civil litigation. Before joining the independent bar in 2022, Matt worked at Crown Law in the Constitutional and Human Rights team for nine years.

Oliver Neas has a broad range of litigation experience, with a focus on criminal law, commercial litigation, and administrative and public law. He joined the bar in 2021, after working in commercial litigation at Chapman Tripp and as a legal aid criminal defence lawyer at the Public Defence Service.