Jamie O’Sullivan


Chair, Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal

Key practice areas: regulatory, criminal, public and disciplinary.

Jamie is available to provide advice and advocacy in a range of areas, including both first instance and appellate cases including in criminal, regulatory, coronial and tribunal matters. Jamie is an expert litigator with experience representing and advising a range of public sector agencies. She has extensive knowledge of investigations, evidence, criminal procedure and case strategy and is a skilled court advocate.

As an experienced appellate advocate, Jamie has represented the Crown and Councils in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Jamie has acted in tribunal hearings for disciplinary proceedings and before the New Zealand Parole Board.

Before joining the bar, Jamie was a Crown prosecutor for 16 years, and conducted complex criminal cases involving allegations of serious crime including sexual violation, Class A drug offending, fraud, and violence. She has appeared on applications and appeals in relation to preventive detention and extended supervision orders. Her cases have included complex legal issues, high-profile defendants, vulnerable witnesses and sensitive material.

Jamie supports public sector clients to achieve regulatory best practice by providing practical advice including on issues related to charging, search and surveillance, privacy, disclosure and evidence-gathering. Jamie is experienced in environmental regulation and enforcement and regularly advises and represents local and central agencies in this area. She is a frequent presenter at the annual Environmental Compliance Conference.

Jamie is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, but accepts instructions nationwide and regularly appears in courts throughout Aotearoa.

Qualifications and appointments

LLB, BA (Japanese), University of Otago, 2005
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2006
Chair, Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal, 2022

Memberships and publications

Faculty Member, New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa Litigation Skills Programme
Member, New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture
Committee Member, Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association
Member, Resource Management Law Association
Updating Author, Garrow and Turkington’s Criminal Law, Lexis Nexis
O’Sullivan J “Serious, exploitative, sexual misconduct: The disciplinary proceedings against James Gardner-Hopkins” (2022) 7 NZWLJ 113