James McLeod – Partner
James advises individuals and businesses on all areas of immigration law. His expertise includes devising strategies for New Zealand businesses in securing international talent, advising entrepreneurs and investors, acting on partnership- and skills- based visa applications, and acting in complex deportation appeals and special direction requests to the Immigration Minister. He also regularly acts for licensed immigration advisers in professional disciplinary proceedings.
James has also appeared in the New Zealand media as an immigration expert and presents at immigration law conferences.
Prior to joining McLeod & Associates, James worked as a commercial and property solicitor for an Auckland-based law firm before spending eight years in London. There, he gained admission to the England and Wales bar and worked in a number of different roles including as a lawyer and management consultant.
Through his UK experience, James fine-tuned both his legal advocacy and client-care skills, attributes which are critical to effective immigration representation. As a former migrant himself (transitioning from temporary visas to citizenship in the UK), James also understands first-hand the stress and uncertainty that is often involved in the visa application process and the importance of receiving clear, practical and frank immigration advice.
James is an enrolled Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, an admitted Solicitor for England and Wales, and is also an accredited Prince2 (Practitioner) Project Manager.
Outside of work, James enjoys a range of watersports including surfing, swimming and scuba diving, and also enjoys running and hiking. His favourite slice of New Zealand paradise is Omapere, Hokianga, with its wild coastline and serene harbour.
Here’s what a number of our clients have said about James’s service (via Google reviews):
“We were searching for the best immigration lawyer in Auckland to apply for our partnership visa and were recommended to McLeod & Associates via another lawyer whom is also our friend. They helped us through our whole visa process. James looked after us and was professional, clear and had answers to all of our questions and doubts extremely rapidly. Our visa was approved. We are very happy and satisfied.” Chiara
“I used James’ service for my partner’s visa needs and couldn’t be happier. James is a very friendly professional who is very competent in his work. It was the assurance and the feeling of security that we got from working with him that we are really happy about. Thanks to McLeod and associates, we are now living peacefully in New Zealand.” Irvino
“I was very impressed by the service provided by James McLeod and would definitely recommend him to anyone seeking immigration legal advice.” Ulrich