I am an Associate in the immigration team at Saunders & Co.
I completed both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Japanese and Political Science) at the University of Canterbury. It was during my study that I realised the practice of immigration law would provide me with a career that aligned with both my values and my interests.
Since being admitted to the bar in 2005 I have specialised in immigration law, practising at both small specialist immigration law firms and as part of specialist teams within national and mid-tier firms.
I have experience across most areas of immigration law and particularly enjoy complex matters such as appeals against deportation, appeals to the Minister, medical and character waivers and complaints to the office of the Ombudsman. I enjoy achieving good outcomes for my clients, and take pride in my empathetic and accessible approach. I also enjoy using my legal skills in my community as a trustee of the Waitakiri School board of trustees and the Marshlands Hall trust.
Since joining Saunders & Co in 2017 my practice has grown, in part to our commitment to embracing new technology and communication avenues that enable easy and timely interaction with our clients. Knowledge is power, and I revel in making the often complex area of immigration law simple and easy for our clients to understand.
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What My Clients Say
“Adele Mitchell is the lawyer who made it through my residence application. The response she sent to Immigration New Zealand was so impressive that even in a difficult case like mine, Immigration approved my residence visa in 6 days”Baljinder Singh
Highly recommend Adele and the team for any immigration advise and cases especially complicated ones.. Excellent communication with update at every stage and have ability to transform black to white as of my case providing every possible alternatives resulting in positive outcome.. 100/100Bijay Sapkota
Just got a good news today from Saunders & Co Lawyers, about my essential visa approval, which looked like a not happening situation for me. Adele strongly had my back in challenging my professional field, that nothing is impossible, if one has the passion to pursue something truly, clearing all doubts of impossibilities. And that is what the adele has done for me, her guidance has let me look at a positive step ahead of me.
Thank you Adele Mitchell.
“It’s wonderful to have you helping people to secure a place in New Zealand. I give my full support to you and your employer, Saunders & Co. You have done a terrific job in securing a visa for my new wife who was living in Thailand. Your empathy for our situation, when first denied a visa in Thailand, was appreciated so much and through your hard work and experience we were able to get her to New Zealand to be with me. I would recommend your services to anybody that has to deal with immigration to obtain entry into NZ or is struggling with criteria involving immigration. I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and efforts on Santana’s behalf.”Tony Smith
Thanks to Adele for making my resident application successful. The response she sent to immigration was so impressive. As a franchise manager of a retail establishment, mine was a difficult case. However, with Adele’s expertise, Immigration New Zealand approved my resident visa in 6 days after her response to INZ. I highly recommend Adele.Baljinder Singh