Isaac Hikaka

Phone: +64 9 912 7116

Isaac specialises in complex trust litigation, public and administrative law, relationship property and commercial litigation.

Isaac has particular expertise in complex disputes involving complicated structuring, especially involving trusts, which are contained solely within New Zealand or which straddle multiple jurisdictions.  He has similar expertise in public and administrative law issues, acting for government entities defending decisions, applicants seeking to challenge  government decisions and third parties seeking to retain the benefit of challenged decisions.  He also has extensive experience in relationship property (matrimonial property) matters, especially complex and high value separations. 

In addition to his practice in New Zealand Courts and arbitrations, Isaac is also an expert in the law of the Pacific Islands and provides advice on constitutional and commercial issues across a range of South Pacific states.  He also appears as counsel on constitutional and commercial disputes at superior and appellate Courts in multiple Pacific jurisdictions.

Isaac regularly appears in Courts at all levels of the New Zealand hierarchy, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and specialist tribunals.  He also appears in the Samoa Court of Appeal, the Cook Islands Court of Appeal and the Cook Islands High Court.  In addition, Isaac appears for clients in arbitrations and mediations.

Isaac holds an LLM with first class honours and a BA with first class honours from the University of Auckland.  He presents seminars for the New Zealand Law Society and the University of Auckland, and papers to academic and practitioner conferences.