Michael Hodge


Michael advises and conducts reviews for Crown and corporate entities in a range of regulatory settings, including providing advice and assistance on the establishment and implementation of regulatory change processes.

He has extensive civil litigation expertise, ranging from complex damages claims in the District Court and High Court and the resolution of large-scale infrastructure and construction disputes, through to Trustee Act litigation and applications for judicial review.

Michael has particular expertise in public and regulatory litigation, including acting on professional licensing and disciplinary matters for the New Zealand Law Society, Real Estate Agents Authority, New Zealand Teachers Council, Financial Markets Authority, and the Racing Integrity Unit.  

Counsel for the Real Estate Agents Authority in the leading cases on managing conflicts of interest and disclosure obligations (Barfoot & Thompson v REAA).

Counsel appointed to assist the Independent Police Conduct Authority's nationwide inquiry into failures in the investigation of child abuse complaints.

Conducted successful defences for the Ministry of Social Development in multi-million-dollar tort litigation (White v Attorney-General) and the Minister of Education in judicial review proceedings (Minister of Education v Unitec).

LLB (Hons), University of Auckland