- Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Auckland.
Bar Admissions & Memberships
- New Zealand Law Society
- Auckland District Law Society Inc.
- Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Stewart is an honours law graduate from the University of Auckland.
Stewart is an Associate and assists in all aspects of immigration and refugee law, including advising on visas, deportation and humanitarian claims. He has experience in representing clients at the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, Family Court, District Court and High Court. He is an active member of the Auckland District Law Society’s (ADLS) Immigration and Refugee Law Committee, where he engages with Immigration New Zealand, the Immigration Protection Tribunal, and other outside organizations, to help shape and inform discussion on immigration and refugee related policy matters. The Minister of Immigration recently agreed to Stewart’s appointment, in his ADLS capacity, to the Temporary Migrant Worker Exploitation Consultation Group which has been set up to aid in identifying impactful and enduring solutions to the exploitation of migrant workers and international students. His work has been published in the New Zealand Law Society’s official magazine (LawTalk) and the New Zealand Law Journal.
Stewart is regularly called upon to provide advice on the law relating to assisted reproductive technology, embryo/egg/sperm donations, domestic and international surrogacy, and adoption. He currently sits on the board of Fertility New Zealand. He recently obtained a ground-breaking judgment in the New Zealand courts when he successfully argued the case for same-sex de facto couples to be able to be granted joint adoption orders. He has also secured the right of lesbian couples to be both named mother on their children’s birth certificates. In addition, Stewart’s practice includes general practice matters such as powers of attorney, wills and administration of estates.
Stewart enjoys providing a friendly, cost-effective and pragmatic service to all of his clients. His approach is to design and deliver the best possible outcome for each individual client.
Prior to joining Ryken and Associates, Stewart was a senior union representative in the UK for nearly 15 years. During that time Stewart advised and represented union members on various employment related disputes. In addition, Stewart led negotiations with employers on areas such as redundancy, pay, and conditions of employment. He was also involved in delivering submissions to Members of Parliament in respect of broader socials issues affecting the union membership and members of society.