Victoria leads complex litigation, with a particular focus on public law.

She represents and advises clients across a wide range of sectors including energy, environment, construction, finance, health and disability, local government and central government agencies.

Victoria joined the independent bar in 2012, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 2016. She previously worked as Crown Counsel with the Crown Law Office’s Tax & Commercial and Human Rights Teams, and with Bell Gully (Auckland and Wellington offices), Meredith Connell (Auckland) and Sly and Weigall (Canberra).

Recent judgments

  • Greymouth Gas Turangi Ltd v Minister of Energy and Resources [2020] NZHC 2712 (judicial review, offshore petroleum exploration permits and the government announcement of the ban on future off-shore exploration)
  • Borrowdale v Director-General of Health [2020] NZHC 2090 (challenge to the COVID-19 lockdown and subsequent Level 3 response)
  • Hospice New Zealand v Attorney-General [2020] NZHC 1379 (rights of conscientious objection for institutions under proposed End of Life Choice Act)
  • Peters v Bennett [2020] NZHC 761 and 1734 (tort of privacy claim by Hon Winston Peters against State Services Commissioner, former CE MSD and former Ministers)
  • Trans-Tasman Resources v Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board [2020] NZCA 86 (second appeal against a consent for off-shore iron sands mining under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012: and first appeal [2018] NZHC 2217).
  • Taylor v Chief Executive of Dept of Corrections [2020] NZHC 383 (meaning of personal information under the Privacy Act)
  • R v Health and Disability Commissioner [2020] NZHC 373 (vicarious liability of GP practice) and R v Health and Disability Commissioner [2020] NZHC 360 (name suppression)
  • Donnelly v Royal Australasian College of Physicians [2020] NZHC 242 (judicial review of RACP adoption of position statement)
  • Dotcom v Attorney-General [2020] NZCA 551 and High Court, [2019] 2 NZLR 277, (first and second appeals from Human Rights Review Tribunal decision, privacy and damages)
  • Mercury NZ Ltd v Commissioner of Inland Revenue [2019] NZHC 1524 (depreciation, whether geothermal powerhouses are a ‘building’)
  • Greymouth Petroleum Mining Group Ltd v Minister of Energy & Resources [2019] NZHC 1222 (judicial review, petroleum mining permit)
  • Director of Proceedings v Brooks [2019] NZHRRT 33 (name suppression)
  • Commerce Commission v Euro Corporation Ltd [2019] NZDC 1025, [2020] NZDC 13297 (steel mesh prosecution under the Fair Trading Act 1986)
  • Reekie v Claimaint A [2018] NZHC 2434, [2019] NZCA 398 (amicus assisting the Court on an appeal under the Prisoners and Victims Claims Act 2005)
  • Rewiti v Maori Women’s Welfare League [2018] NZHC 2713 (judicial review of changes to the League’s constitution)
  • Heinz Watties Ltd v Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [2018] NZHC 2309 (judicial review, anti-dumping duties)
  • McGoughan v DePuy International Ltd and ACC [2018] 2 NZLR 916 (CA) and [2016] 2 NZLR 119 (HC) (challenge to the ACC regime statutory bar on litigation seeking compensatory damages)
  • Attorney-General v Taylor [2017] NZCA 215, [2017] 3 NZLR 24 (appearing for the Speaker of the House of Representatives as intervener on issues of Parliamentary privilege)
  • Foundation for Anti-Aging Research v Charities Registration Board [2016] NZHC 2328, (2016) 27 NZTC 22-074 (charitable status of scientific research, cryogenics)
  • Chief Executive of the Dept of Corrections v Ranui [2016] NZHC 1174 (amicus, extended supervision orders)
  • Splice Fruit Ltd v The New Zealand Kiwifruit Board [2016] NZHC 864, [2016] NZAR 280 (judicial review of collaborative marketing decisions)
  • K Casey v University of Otago (private prosecution under s 49 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act) [2015] NZDC 17543
  • Bates v Valuers Registration Board [2015] NZHC 1351 (judicial review staying disciplinary process)
  • Seales v Attorney-General [2015] 3 NZLR 556 (application for declarations relating to physician assisted suicide/euthanasia: representing the Care Alliance as intervener)
  • Quake Outcasts v Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery [2015] NZSC 27 (judicial review of decisions relating to the residential red zones in Christchurch: representing the Human Rights Commission as intervener)
  • Siemer v Brown [2014] NZHC 3175 (damages claims relating to search warrant; [2015] NZCA 69, 161 and 276; [2015] NZSC 41, 50, 62, 86, 102, 126, 157 and 173)
  • Godfrey Hirst Ltd v Cavalier Bremworth Ltd [2014] 3 NZLR 611; [2014] NZCA 418 (decision setting the parameters for ‘fine print’ in advertising on the internet under the Fair Trading Act, representing the Commerce Commission as intervener)

Other matters

Assistant Commissioner of Patents, Trade Marks and Plant Designs, 2015 – 2018

Panel member litigation strategy review of government agency (2018)

Independent peer review of investigation into serious complaints against a senior executive (2018)

Chair of the Minimum Taste Standard Committee appointed by the New Zealand Kiwifruit Board inquiring into a complaint against Zespri (2017)

Represented Hastings District Council in Stage 2 of the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water (2017)

Appointed counsel assisting the Government Inquiry by the Hon Lester Chisholm into allegations regarding the Hon Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office (2014)

Seminars and publications

Duncan Cotterill Public Sector Forum Personal information November 2019

Member planning group for Human Rights Law – New Frontiers NZLS CLE Intensive May 2019

Discovery in Judicial Review (presentation to the Crown Law Office) November 2018

Panel speaker The Rule of Law NZ Bar Association Conference September 2018

Public Law Claims NZCLE In Short seminar August 2018

Employment Court Workshop  August 2018

Seminars on Parliamentary Privilege in the context of litigation, July – August 2017, NZCLE February 2018

NZCLE Public Sector Governance Intensive:  When things go wrong – responding to external investigations 26 October 2017

Government Legal Network Health Law: Collisions between science, social policy, economics and ethics  22 March 2017

Judicial Review 2016 in review Legalwise seminar 2 March 2017

Judicial Review in practice (presentation to the Crown Law Office) September 2016

Administrative Law 2015 in review Legalwise seminar 25 February 2016.

Victoria University cross-campus human rights symposium paper:  ‘The right to die’ and ‘rational suicide’: respecting human rights for all or a claim for privilege by the strong? The case for the status quo’ 10 December 2015, paper published [2015] HRR 10.

Gathering and disposing of information under the Inquiries Act 2013 NZLS Public Law Intensive 8 October 2015

The Legal Framework for Administrative Decision Making, Legalwise seminar 8 September 2015

Recent cases and developments in administrative law, Legalwise seminar, 24 February 2015

Community appointments

Chair, Archdiocese of Wellington Board of Administration

Contact Victoria Casey QC

Level 2 Solnet House
70 The Terrace
Wellington 6011
PO Box 5621
Wellington 6140
Phone: +64 4 212 4679
Mobile: +64 21 0299 5428
victoria.casey@cliftonchambers.co.nz