Jonathan Schwarcz

Jonathan Schwarcz,
Senior Associate

Jonathan was admitted to the bar in 2012 following an 8-year career as a nurse, working primarily at Starship Hospital. Since his graduation from the University of Auckland with an LLB(Hons), Jonathan has gained considerable experience across a wide range of civil litigation. 

Jonathan began his legal career with a large law firm in New South Wales where he worked in the investigations and inquiries team on the Archdiocese of Sydney’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 

Since returning to New Zealand, Jonathan has worked in the litigation team at a large law firm in Auckland as well for the Auckland office of the Wellington Crown Prosecutor.  In that time, Jonathan has gained expertise across a number of areas of law, including insolvency, construction, administrative law, regulatory prosecutions, banking and personal injury.

Jonathan gained considerable in-house experience through secondments with the Archdiocese of Sydney, ACC, BNZ and the Climate Change Commission. 

Jonathan also has a strong interest in cross border litigation and, together with her Honour O’Gorman J, is the co-author of the New Zealand chapter of International Execution Against Judgment Debtors. 

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Regularly acting for major banks in debt recovery, insolvency and other civil proceedings. 

Defending significant claims that goods have been negligently manufactured or services negligently provided. 

Acting for the Director-General of Health in proceedings under the Fair Trading Act 1986 to restrain an unincorporated society from making misleading representations about its ability to regulate the conduct of health practitioners. 

Acting for a tertiary institution in an application for an injunction brought by a prospective medical student seeking to be admitted into a bachelor of medicine programme. 

Appearing as sole counsel for a health practitioner in a three week inquest that arose out of the suicide of a patient at a mental health inpatient unit. 

Regularly appearing as sole counsel for regulatory bodies in administrative appeals and applications for leave to judicially review. 

Acting for regulatory authorities (including appearing as sole counsel) in bringing disciplinary prosecutions against lawyers, health professionals and valuers.