OUR TEAM

 
Shyama Sharma
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Property Law, Subdivisions, Leases, Sale and Purchase of Properties, Conveyancing - Sale and Purchase of Businesses and refinances, Wills & Trusts, Immigration.
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  
Shyama completed her Course of proficiency from the University of Auckland and New Zealand Law Society. She was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in 2013. Prior to joining Legal Associates in 2015, she worked in Kenton Chambers Lawyers as barrister and Solicitor. Shyama graduated from the University of Mumbai with a Bachelor of Law in 1988. While in India she practiced as an Advocate at the High Court of Mumbai for over 12 years in the areas of Property Law, Civil Litigation, Property Disputes, Conveyancing and Arbitration, and is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. 
Qualifications:  
BA (Hons) India, Dipl in Business Management, LLB
Contact Details:  
Office Phone : 09 279 9439 -Ext-702
Email :  shyama@legalassociates.co.nz
 
Taufiq Choudhury
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Immigration Law; Judicial Review
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

Taufiq’s legal career includes practice as an associate lawyer at Neil A. Weinrib, PC, a New York City firm. He has been a sole practitioner since 1993. His current practice includes advising and representing corporations and individuals on  US immigration law. His clientele includes Information Technology consulting companies, financial institutions, healthcare facilities and academic institutions.


Taufiq has published numerous articles in regional publications and has given interviews on legal developments of interest to minority groups to broadcast and print media including the British Broadcasting Corporation. He served as a volunteer lawyer with the Asian American Legal Defence Fund and many other advocacy groups.


Taufiq served as Special Counsel to the Consul General of Bangladesh in New York on immigration matters and has represented the Consul General in discussions with Department of Homeland Security officials in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Taufiq is fluent in Bangla and Russian.

Qualifications:  
Taufiq Choudhury was admitted to the New York Bar in 1991. He received his legal education at Kyiv National University, Ukraine (LL.M. in International Law, 1981), Europa Institute of the University of Amsterdam (Post-Graduate Diploma in European Intergration, 1986), and in the United States at the University of Georgia School of Law (LL.M., 1988).
Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439-Ext-713
Email :  taufiq@legalassociates.co.nz
Ane Poane Talakai (Annie)
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Civil & Criminal Law, Employment, Immigration, Estate & Wills, Family Law, Property and
Relationship Property.
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

Annie is experienced in assisting clients to navigate and achieve positive results in the District Court, Family Court, Immigration Tribunal and Employment Relations Authority.  Annie discovers her passion for court advocacy, litigation and dispute resolution while she was still a law student.  She was drawn to the opportunity to help people with all their legal issues and ensuring that her clients understand all the legal issues involved and what options available for their particular circumstances.  Annie’s experience working as a volunteering at Grey Lynn Community Law Centre and Remuera Citizen Advice Bureau has enabled her to have a sound understanding of difficult legal issues and real life problems. 

 

Annie is fluent in both English and Tongan.

Qualifications:  
BCom, GdipCom, LLB (Auckland University)
Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439 -Ext-703
Email :  annie@legalassociates.co.nz
 
 
Siatu Sione-Faamoe
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  

Immigration – Visitor/Work/Residence Visa, Section 61, Immigration & Protection Tribunal – Family/Partnership Work Visa & Residence Visa

 

General Practise in Employment, Property, Family & Criminal Law

Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  
Three years’ experience working as a law student volunteer at Waitakere Community Centre from 2014 -2016 was ground-breaking experience to strengthen her self-assurance in dealing with legal issues of her legal areas of specialisation
Qualifications:  
BA, BA(Hons), LLB
Contact Details:  
Office Phone : 09 2799 439-Ext-716
Email :  siatu@legalassociates.co.nz
Dilkhush Surani
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Immigration Law – Residency, Work Visas, Student Visas, IPT Matters and Section 61
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

Dilkhush completed Bachelor of Science followed by a Bachelor of Law in India and admitted as Solicitor & Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand.

While at High Court of Gujarat, India, Dilkhush practice focuses on employment and service matters, constitution law, public law, judicial review and many more law matters. 

To add to his success, many reported judgements in which Dilkhush represented clients were published in Law books in India. He has also served as panel Advocate to the Local Municipalities, Western Railway, District Panchayat etc.

In February 2015, Dilkhush joined Legal Associates. At Legal Associates, as a member of the Immigration Team, Dilkhush initiated almost all types of visa applications including residence visa, essential work visa, partnership-based visa, S61, Tribunal appeal and many more.

As acquainted with the legal system of India, Dilkhush provides service for will & Trust deed, Power of Attorney for India.

Dilkhush`s language fluency extends beyond English. Dilkhush speaks Gujarati and Hindi fluently and can provide legal advice to Gujarati and Hindi speaking clients.   

If Dilkhush’s expertise can be of assistance to you, do not hesitate to contact for a no-obligation discussion.

Qualifications:  
B.Sc., LL.B
Contact Details:  
Mobile :  02 208 98832
Email :  Dilkhush@legalassociates.co.nz
 
Ranbir Singh Sandhu
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Immigration Law & Criminal Law
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

Worked at District Court as a Criminal Defence Attorney for 15 years while in India.

Barrister & Solicitor at Legal Associates since 16 June

Qualifications:  

B.Com; LLB

Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439
Email :   ranbir@legalassociates.co.nz
 
Dave Jaques
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Dispute Resolution – Commercial, Civil and Employment – Debt Collection and enforcement 
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

I have been at the bar since 1999 working part time at various law firms and in chambers as a barrister sole

Qualifications:  

Bachelors of Law (LLB) from Victoria, Wellington, NZ

Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439
Email :   dave@legalassociates.co.nz
 
Ammar Ayoub
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Judicial Review, Business Entrepreneur and Work Visas, Deportation Liability, Ministerial and IPT Appeals
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

Legal Associates: Solicitor, Ministry of Justice: Court Taker—Assisting Judge in running the Courtroom

Qualifications:  

Bachelor of Laws (LLB).

Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439
Email :   ammar@legalassociates.co.nz
 
 
Haseeb Ashraf
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  

Haseeb specialises in the areas of immigration law and employment matters. He deals with visa applications, appeals, formal complaints and Special Directions requests to the Minister. 

He works alongside small and medium businesses as well as large franchises in servicing the immigration and employment law needs of their employees. 

Outside of the law he is an avid sportsman and has, in the past represented the New Zealand Lawyers Cricket Team.  
 

Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

Post-admission Haseeb has gained experience in the sphere of property law and commercial matters but early on in his career he has decided to make transition to immigration law based on his passion in working alongside individuals and businesses in attaining their desired legal outcomes. 

Qualifications:  

Bachelors of Laws and Arts (Auckland)

Currently completing LLM in International Law (University of Auckland)
 

Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439
Email :   haseeb@legalassociates.co.nz
 
Aman Jaggi
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  

Property Law, Sale and Purchase of Properties and Refinance

Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

Aman’s experience working as a Volunteering at Waikato Community Law Centre has enabled her to have a sound understanding of difficult legal issues and real-life problems. 
Aman is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and English.

Qualifications:  

Bachelors of Law (LLB) from University Of Waikato (NZ), Bachelors of Arts from India and Bachelors of Education from India

Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439
Email :   aman@legalassociates.co.nz
Alex Timong
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  

Immigration Law

Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

5 Years working as Criminal Defence Counsel and doing civil litigation(Philippines)
7 Years as Public Prosecutor (Philippines)
Work in the Family Court and other private law firm (NZ)

Qualifications:  

Bachelor of Arts (B.A)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Certificate of Proficiency (Equity)

Contact Details:  
Office Phone :  09 279 9439
Email :   alexander@legalassociates.co.nz
 
Neomal Perera
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  

Property Law, – Conveyancing, wills & trusts, Commercial Law- contracts, agreements, employment law.

Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  

New Zealand  – Criminal Defence  

Australia  –  General Law practice in family law, conveyancing, commercial contracts and agreements, mediations.

Sri Lanka – Civil and criminal appeals in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Provincial High Courts of Civil Appeal. Conveyancing. Commercial Law- contracts and agreements.

In the legal profession since 1999.

Qualifications:  

LL.B(Hons)London

Barrister & Solicitor of the High Courts of New Zealand and Australia

Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

Contact Details:  

Office Phone : 09 2799 439-Ext-726

Email : Neomal@legalassociates.co.nz 

 
GEETHA ARUNTHAYAPARAN
Barrister & Solicitor
Areas of Specialization at Legal Associates:  
Conveyancing- Sale & Purchase of residential & commercial properties, Immigration and Relationship property matters.
Work Experience: NZ & overseas as well:  
Legal Executive - Legal Associates (June 2016 - Present) - Worked as a Legal Secretary/Legal Executive at Paramjit K Singh Lawyers for almost 4 years. - Also, worked with Simpson Dowsett Mackie Lawyers and Frost & Sutcliff. - Worked in Sri Lanka in the areas of Property and Conveyancing and Criminal.
Attorney- at-law - Worked as a lawyer in Sri Lanka.
Qualifications:  

Geetha successfully completed her professional legal studies from the College of Law in Auckland.​

 

Fluent in Tamil, Sinhala and English.

Contact Details:  
Office Phone : 09 279 9439-Ext-706, 09 283 0442
Email :  Geetha@legalassociates.co.nz
 

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