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Marty Robinson

Marty Robinson

Marty is a barrister and solicitor specialising in financial and general crime, with particular expertise in AML/CFT advocacy and advice. He advises reporting entities on deterring money launderers and financers of terrorism from exploiting their business and ensuring regulatory compliance. He also represents

His author royalties in this area support two charities combating child slavery and child sexual abuse: Child Rescue New Zealand and Child ALERT (ECPAT NZ).

Since 2003 he has held roles investigating, prosecuting and defending financial crime and regulatory prosecutions, as well as litigation more generally. He started out at the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office (2003), move to the Crown Solicitor's Office, Christchurch (2009), the Public Defence Service, Wellington (2011) and the Department of Internal Affairs (2015), where he oversaw the Department's litigation, focusing on prosecution work, child sexual abuse material cases, AML/CFT enforcement, and supporting the Department's regulation of the AML/CFT regulatory system including supporting legislative amendments.

Marty has been counsel (or investigative lawyer) in a significant number and variety of financial crime cases involving sums up to $NZ500M in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Marty is keenly interested in supporting the justice system, furthering domestic understanding of AML/CFT policy and regulatory systems, promoting business processes that effectively deter criminal exploitation, and supporting New Zealand's exemplary rankings on the various global corruption and transparency indices.

Jurisdictions Admitted:   New Zealand, England and Wales, New South Wales, Australia.

Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann

Sarah comes from a compelling in-house background providing the firm with strong internal compliance, governance and business support. Prior to joining Robinson Legal she acted as legal counsel for entities operating within the electricity, primary production export sectors and those focused on international business consultancy.

Her two decades of commercial practice includes significant experience in drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts, privacy, IP protection and licensing, health and safety, employment matters, general regulatory and legislative compliance work and lobbying Government for legislative change. At Robinson Legal she turns her hand at supporting the firm in whatever it needs, but also comes with a commercial skill set immensely valuable to our clients.

Nicole Mount

Nicole Mount

Nicole is a legal aid provider in criminal, family and mental health matters, and holds duty lawyer approval. She acts for legally aided and private clients with a special interest in all criminal, family violence, parenting and guardianship disputes, and separation matters. She regularly appears in the Family Court and District Court. She has also appeared in the High Court, mental health court, Young Adults Court pilot and Parole Board.

Nicole undertakes work in Nelson, Blenheim, Palmerston North, Hawke’s Bay and wider Wellington area including Masterton Courts. Clients value Nicole’s strong advocacy skills and calm, pragmatic and respectful approach during clients’ often challenging personal circumstances. We admire and really appreciate Nicole’s contribution to Robinson Legal.  

She has experience volunteering for community organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau, Wellington Community Law Centre and Rimutaka Prison 'outreach centre'.

Nicole grew up in Hawke’s Bay with whakapapa to Ngāti Porou and affiliations to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga.‍

Career Highlights:

  • Preparing for and attending, including leading witnesses and cross-examining a witness, at a three-week jury trial with Marty Robinson in Palmerston North.
  • Multi-day Family Court hearings in Nelson and Masterton.
  • Wellington High Court bail appeals.
  • Obtaining without notice parenting orders and orders preventing the removal of children from New Zealand against the wishes of a guardian.
  • Obtaining a community-based sentence for a client facing a maximum 14-year imprisonment sentence for assault with intent to rob and firearm offending.
  • Securing discharges without conviction (section 106 Sentencing Act 2002) for clients facing charges such as possession of cannabis for supply, burglary, robbery, assault, drink-driving and other charges.
  • Obtaining without notice protection, occupation, and ancillary furniture orders.
  • Negotiating a client’s relocation to Australia with their child.
  • Working closely with community agencies such as marae, Women’s Refuge, and Community Law to ensure clients from all backgrounds and financial means have access to legal advice and support.
“Robinson Legal provided an outstanding service at a very stressful time. Nicole Mount was exceptional; a talented lawyer who made things straightforward and clear, and gave excellent advice balanced with respect and consideration.” - a client of Nicole’s.
Gerry Dobbyn

Gerry Dobbyn

Gerry has extensive criminal litigation experience. After graduating from Victoria University in 1995 and working in private practise in New Zealand, Gerry left to study in the United States. After completing his studies, he took up a position as a Research Associate at Colombia University, NY.  He then spent 14 years as a criminal public defender in the Bronx, NY, and later in California. He has also spent five years in the Hague working as a trial attorney for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, where he prosecuted political leaders, military and police, and previously worked on white collar and high-profile criminal cases at Kingsley Napley Solicitors, London.

On his return to New Zealand, he was a senior adviser to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care and more recently worked for the Independent Police Conduct Authority managing a case resolution team.

His calm and unflustered approach to stressful and challenging work, along with his intellectual capability and hard-working nature, makes Gerry a fantastic asset to Robinson Legal and our clients.

Jurisdictions Admitted:

  • New Zealand (1996)
  • England and Wales (2001)
  • New York (2002)
  • California (2010)

Career Highlights:

  • Working on an influential US research project evaluating the justice system’s response to serious juvenile offenders.
  • Taking part in investigative missions throughout the Former Yugoslavia, interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence for war crimes prosecutions.
  • Getting first-hand experience of night court as a public defender in the Bronx, New York.

Carter Maddock - Law Clerk

Carter Maddock - Law Clerk

Carter is a fourth-year student at Te Herenga Waka –Victoria University of Wellington, studying a Bachelor of Laws conjoint with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminology.

She joined Robinson Legal in 2022 as a second-year law student with a keenness for criminal litigation.

Carter provides excellent assistance to our lawyers handling a wide variety of tasks from research, management of discovery to drafting. She’s also a whiz at our practise management system. She has particularly enjoyed observing matters in court that she’s provided support on.

In her spare time, Carter volunteers for Wellington Community Justice Project and is on the executive of the Victoria University Rainbow Law Students Society.

Carter lives between the Wellington and Horowhenua regions, and is enthusiastic about helping local communities, her connection with her iwi and wider Māori-Crown relations. She is impassioned about helping others and aims to bring this mindset to her future legal career.

Megan de Klerk - Law Clerk

Megan de Klerk - Law Clerk

Megan is a fourth-year student at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, studying a Bachelor of Laws conjoint with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations.

She joined our team in November 2023 as a law clerk and is eager to contribute to the firm’s ongoing success.

Megan studied at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, has lived and worked in South Africa, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Australia. She loves learning about different cultures and has an affinity for communicating with a diverse range of people.

Megan is community oriented and has volunteered as an Integration Aide at Port Phillips Specialist School, at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and led revision sessions at Victoria University for first year university students in both 2021 and 2022.

We really appreciate Megan’s contribution to the firm.

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Robinson Legal's team are litigation specialists who bring unparalleled AML/CFT experience to our clients. We have extensive prosecution and defence experience, and have advised government, corporate and individual clients on financial crime, AML/CFT, the full range of criminal cases and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Our Principal, Marty Robinson, co-wrote the legal text The AML/CFT Regime: A Practical Guide. Marty has spent two decades in financial crime and associated areas, including investigation and prosecution work at the UK Serious Fraud Office as an Investigative Lawyer and acting as Principal Solicitor at New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs, a Crown Prosecutor at the Crown Solicitor’s Office, and a criminal defence and civil litigation lawyer on his own account and with Robinson Legal.