Before his appointment as a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand in July 2017, Pheroze was an internationally recognised commercial litigator, specialising in competition and trade practices, company and securities, employment (including defence of health and safety prosecutions), and public and administrative law.
He led most of the dozens of cases in which he appeared at all levels of New Zealand’s legal system – including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and in private mediations and arbitrations – as well as supporting senior counsel in substantial civil trials and appeals. He also acted on a range of regulatory prosecutions and other administrative hearings. These ranged from NZX Discipline and Takeovers Panel matters and Human Rights Review Tribunal appeals, to defending prosecutions under Commerce, Fair Trading, and Health and Safety in Employment Acts, and in high profile coronial inquests, including on institutional and infrastructural causes of multiple deaths.
Pheroze was recognised as a leading litigator by independent legal directories Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, and Legal 500. He was the only non-QC barrister ranked by Chambers in New Zealand for 2016. The directories recorded clients’ descriptions of Pheroze as “capable, competent, and precise”, and “very professional with a high level of expertise”, exhibiting “excellent technical knowledge and strategic thinking” and “outstanding judgement”. They say he “impresses by translating complex legal arguments into layman’s terms”, and is “highly professional and capable… a phenomenal intellect”.
Pheroze’s current CV is available here.