Jacob is a Principal in the Crown Specialist team. He provides specialist enforcement advice to a wide range of agencies, including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Customs Service and the Department of Corrections. Jacob frequently advises on enforcement policy and strategy and appears often in the District and High Courts to conduct prosecutions on behalf of government clients. He also regularly conducts jury trials on behalf of the Crown.
Jacob also has a background in civil litigation, including recovery and enforcement and has regularly appeared in the District and High Court on behalf of various government and private clients.
Prior to joining MC in 2016, Jacob was based in the United Kingdom where he specialised in administrative and public law, representing government departments in immigration matters, particularly in judicial review and statutory appeal claims in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
- R v Balajadia & Balajadia – Appeared as Crown prosecutor in a jury trial for immigration offences including exploitation of a temporary worker and subsequently appeared for the Crown in the Court of Appeal in what became the leading judgment on sentencing in exploitation offences.
- R v Islam & Ahmed – Appeared as Crown prosecutor in a jury trial for charges human trafficking, exploitation of temporary workers and providing false and misleading information to Immigration New Zealand.
- Bashir & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department – acted as solicitor for a government department, defending a judicial review claim brought by a number of refugees on the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus alleging breaches of the Refugee Convention by the United Kingdom Government.
LLB/BA, Victoria University of Wellington