ACC Advocacy

Working to Ensure You Receive Your Entitlements

About Tim Yates Your Accident Compensation Advocate


Over the course of the last 12 years I have been involved in hundreds of reviews, on all aspects of the scheme, either as a reviewer (2008-2012) or subsequently as an advocate (2012 to date). I represent clients at review and on appeals to the District Court. 

I have a degree and doctorate from Cambridge University, and legal qualifications from UWE Bristol. I was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1995, and in 1999 was awarded solicitor-advocate status in criminal proceedings by the Law Society in London. I requalified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 2003, and have taught law at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Canterbury University. I now choose to practice as an advocate rather than a lawyer, but remain enrolled in both jurisdictions.

I accept instructions from clients across New Zealand. Fees are always open to negotiation, and often I can limit the cost to those fees that can be recovered through the review process. No one should be deterred from contacting me on grounds of cost. 

Deploying my 11+ years experience as an advocate specialising in accident compensation law in New Zealand (and over 15 years in the jurisdiction generally) I aim to help claimants rebalance the odds and get what they are entitled to from ACC.