Fletcher Pilditch

Biography

Fletcher has over 20 years of experience. He conducts regulatory/criminal and public law litigation at all levels.

He has expertise in financial crime, and contentious enforcement proceedings in a wide range of criminal and regulatory contexts including: aviation; workplace health and safety; resource management; fisheries; animal welfare; and extradition. He regularly assists and provides advice to clients who are subject to investigation by diverse Government agencies including the Serious Fraud Office, and the Commissioner of Police under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009.

Fletcher also acts in judicial review proceedings, professional disciplinary proceedings and appears regularly in coronial inquests. He provides advice and assistance on public law issues across a broad spectrum.

Fletcher has conducted many Jury and Judge alone trials, and appeals. He has led some of New Zealand’s most notorious criminal and regulatory cases. He is an advocate with extensive court experience at every level, and well equipped to defend cases before juries when required.

Fletcher qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 1995, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Pitcairn Islands in 2003.

He commenced his career in London with Ashurst Morris Crisp. When he returned to New Zealand he worked as a Crown Prosecutor with Davys Burton, in Rotorua, and then Meredith Connell, Auckland, where he became an associate and senior prosecutor.

He was appointed as the Crown Solicitor for Rotorua in 2006, forming his own firm to support his warrant. From that time to 2013 he was responsible for the conduct of prosecutions for all serious crime in the Western Bay of Plenty. He joined the independent bar in 2014.

Recent Experience

Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki Trust v Department of Conservation & Ors [2017] NZHC 300. Judicial Review: Fletcher acted for the second respondent, in defence of the Department’s decision to grant tourist concessions on an iconic Auckland Island. The case involved complex interplay between the Conservation Act 1987 and the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. The respondents were successful in upholding the concession decisions. The applicant has appealed to the Court of Appeal.

Republic of Kazakhstan v Mega Limited [2016] NZHC 963. Application by the Republic to compel disclosure of user details of cloud storage company to support US based litigation against alleged hackers of Republic’s Government servers. Fletcher acted for the respondent opposing the application on public interest and human rights grounds.

Serious Fraud Office v Li [2015] NZDC 25308. Prosecution of Chinese national for corruption. The case explored the criminal allegation of corruption in the context of the cultural dimensions of Chinese gifting customs. The defendant was acquitted.

Recent Seminars / Papers

Proceedings before the Coroners’ Courts: New Zealand Law Society 2015
Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2016: Auckland District Law Society 2016
Courtroom Advocacy – The Essential Skills: Managing the Expected and Unexpected: Auckland District Law Society 2017

Appointments / Committees

Convenor of the Auckland District Law Society Health and Safety at Work Committee
Faculty Member of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme
Chair of the Psychoactive Substances Appeal Committee
Manukau Crown Prosecution Panel member
Former member of the Serious Fraud Office panel of prosecutors