Michael Kim is the principal of MK Law Barristers and Solicitors. He has been managing the firm since 2015. He comes from a unique background as a former immigration officer at Immigration New Zealand (INZ). As an immigration officer, he assessed various resident visa applications, interviewed applicants, and conducted workplace site visits.
While working at INZ, he dealt with many clients presented by an immigration lawyer or advisor. He saw some representatives better than others. Some were competent in all dealings with particular immigration matters, and some were professionally unprepared. He was lucky to learn what set good representatives apart from bad ones: the ability to portray the client’s circumstances honestly. Understanding the daunting nature of immigration policies was only the starting point.
In 2008, Michael started LLB at the University of Auckland with the sole aim of helping migrants and their families. He focused on administrative law, including immigration, employment, and judicial review. He graduated and was admitted to the bar in 2011.
Since admission, he has successfully helped many migrants and their families face legal problems. He conducted deportation proceedings at IPT and judicial proceedings in High Court. Since 2017, Michael has been a member of the Immigration and Refugee Committee at the Auckland District Law Society Inc. He has been regularly invited to speak and chair professional seminars since 2019.
Apart from immigration matters, he also helped many clients at the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. As a counsel in criminal matters, Michael has successfully represented many criminal clients, including a repeat domestic violence offender, discharged without conviction.
He is a qualified civil legal aid provider for immigration and employment law matters.
As well as English, Michael speaks fluent Korean and Japanese. He can competently advise clients in Japanese.
Michael originally comes from South Korea, married with three children. He is a second-dan black belt Taekwondo practitioner. In his leisure, he enjoys reading the bible and watching movies.
Michael is a proud member of the following professional institutions in New Zealand: