Since starting practice representing refugees in the mid-1990s, Simon Laurent has developed a strong reputation as a leader in the Immigration field. Over the years he has mentored a number of lawyers through the firm, in order to refine their legal skills and their ability to think inventively to solve real-world problems.

He has chaired and presented seminars for both lawyers and immigration advisers, and has been called upon to provide industry comment for the media including a number of recent radio and television interviews.

For several years Simon sat on the Council of the Auckland District Law Society. He was a founding member of the Society’s Immigration and Refugee Committee, and was Convenor in 2006, 2007 and 2014. He is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Immigration Committee. From 2010 to 2012 he was Chairman of the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment, and is now an Honorary Life Member for his services to NZAMI.

Involvement in these professional bodies gives Simon insight into developing trends and issues in the New Zealand immigration space. It also provides the opportunity to influence change for the benefit of both clients and colleagues.

“I am strongly motivated to maintain high ethical and professional standards as a lawyer. It’s good for business. I am always looking for ways to deliver a better, more efficient and successful outcome for every client that comes through our doors. Although we have invested heavily in technology to multiply the effectiveness of our time, this cannot replace the need to think skillfully and communicate with our clients.”

Contact Simon on slaurent@laurentlaw.co.nz