Paul Morten

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  Address:     Paul Morton Barrister,
                     Level 9, Equinox House
                    111 The Terrace, Wellington
                    PO Box 10-242
                    The Terrace, Wellington


  Mobile:       +64 4 27 648 9672

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Professional background

Paul Morten brings a non-negotiable level of quality and passion to his representation of his clients, whether that involves defending a high profile defendant such as David Bain, serving as a chairperson on Real Estate Agents Authority complaints assessment committees, acting for Sir Robert Jones in a defamation trial, obtaining a resource consent for a construction and demolition landfill, or representing legally aided clients in civil disputes.

With over 30 years of varied and challenging experience as an advocate, Paul continues to represent his clients in matters of great importance to them.
Paul has frequently been engaged in the important and sometimes unenviable assessment of compliance by other professionals in the performance of their professional obligations to clients. He is recognised for the integrity and professionalism he brings to the work. Paul brings the same qualities to all the work he does for his clients.

Because Paul is able to see both the larger implications of his work, and critical details, his legal representation is consistently of the highest quality. While being adept at handling complex legal matters, he is able to communicate easily with clients, and understand and address their concerns in language they understand.

Paul has a particular interest in commercial litigation; land law (including resource management) and commercial and residential property litigation; real estate law; employment law; defamation; and professional disciplinary issues (including in the areas of education, teaching, and chartered accountancy).

Paul has appeared in hearings, trials and appeals in most New Zealand courts, including the Supreme Court, and the Privy Council, on cases raising a wide range of issues. He has also regularly appeared in specialist jurisdictions and tribunals , including the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court, the Taxation Review Authority, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Disciplinary Tribunal (and its Appeals Council); the New Zealand Medical Council; and the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Paul is a skilled presenter; and has for many years been a well-regarded faculty member and Deputy Team Leader at the New Zealand Law Society’s junior litigation skills course.

Paul’s dry but observant sense of humour makes him a formidable adversary but also an approachable professional advisor with whom to work.


  • BA, University of Canterbury, 1973 (Senior Scholar)
  • LL.B.(Hons), University of Canterbury, 1976
  • Admitted as a barrister and solicitor: 1978
  • Solicitor, Department of Social Welfare Head Office, 1976-1980; 1982-1983
  • Macalister Mazengarb Parkin & Rose, Macalister Mazengarb Perry Castle: 1983-1997: partner 1986
  • Bartlett & Partners 1997-98: partner
  • Barrister: 1998-current
  • Chairperson, Real Estate Agents’ Authority complaints assessment committees: 2010-2015

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and contractual disputes
  • Consumer litigation — Fair Trading act and Consumer Guarantees Act
  • Land law and property litigation
  • Real estate and commercial property law
  • Education
  • Professional discipline
  • Administrative law
  • Employment law
  • Media Law and defamation
  • Company law
  • Motor vehicle industry litigation
  • Deceased estates