Our team of immigration law specialists have considerable expertise in assisting clients to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles of the New Zealand immigration process. For these clients, working through the New Zealand immigration process would have been otherwise challenging.

We can help you whether you wish to move to New Zealand for work, study or business, or if you merely wish to visit our beautiful country. We specialise in complex cases but are also prepared to handle routine matters.

On your behalf, we will work with the relevant branch of Immigration New Zealand to ensure that all requirements are met and information is presented in the best way possible for a positive outcome.

As a law firm, we observe ethical guidelines and the code of conduct governed by the New Zealand Law Society. As lawyers we are exempted from the Immigration Advisors regime under the Immigration Advisors Licensing Act 2007.

We take the worry and stress out of the New Zealand Immigration process

Principal Lawyer

Kamil Lakshman


Kamil Lakshman is IDESI LEGAL Limited’s Principal Lawyer, with years of experience in Immigration Law.

Mrs Lakshman holds a prominent position in the extended Wellington community. She is often asked to serve on Governmental consultation groups on migrant and refugee matters. She is an influential member in many Refugee and Migrant communities and has chaired many boards.

Mrs Lakshman is long standing member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law Committee, she is now the committee Convenor for the last two years and her membership of the National Immigration and Refugee Law Reform committee has been renewed for another term. She is also a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals, and the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment. She also represents the New Zealand Law Society on  Immigration New Zealand’s reference group ,which consults on wider Immigration issues.

She writes regular columns and articles regarding immigration related issues and hosts a weekly radio program “Koffee with Kamil”, discussing pertinent issues in relation to New Zealand Immigration Law.

Mrs Lakshman initially completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. After which she worked for many years in the Ministry of Education as a Divisional Manager. At this stage she commenced and completed her Diploma in Corporate Management and Masters in Business Administration in International Management. She then went on to complete her LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. She was admitted to the New Zealand High Court as Barrister and Solicitor in 2000.

She is often involved with various issues arising in Immigration related areas and has a passion for representing those that have been wronged. Mrs Lakshman has organised multiple humanitarian appeals to aid Fiji relief efforts. She has a spiritual bent including enjoying yoga, meditation.

As co-coordinator of “Mamta”, an Asian Women’s group she has successfully lobbied the New Zealand Government on many migrant issues. Te-Papa, the New Zealand National Museum has benefited from her input in regards to the “Aainaa – Indian Wedding in New Zealand” exhibition and also in a series of ongoing lectures and forums.

Barrister & Solicitor

Darius Shahtahmasebi


Darius Shahtahmasebi graduated from the University of Otago in 2013 with an LLB and a BA in Japanese. He was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor in April 2015.

Darius then went on to become admitted in the Supreme Court of Samoa in October 2015 while working as State Solicitor for the Office of the Attorney General. He later worked as the Principal Legal Analyst at the Samoa Law Reform Commission between 2016 and 2017 before going into private legal practice where he handled a range of general practice work including criminal, family, administration, just to name a few.

Darius joined IDESI LEGAL in June 2018 as an up and coming Immigration and Refugee Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor. He is excited to have found a role which he primarily sees as benefiting people who will often be in vulnerable positions, such as refugees and deportees.

Darius is passionate about human rights, immigration law and international law. He is an internationally recognised writer who often speaks out on issues surrounding human rights and humanitarianism.

Barrister & Solicitor

Saska Hayes


Saska is a Barrister and Solicitor at Idesi Legal.

She graduated from Waikato University with a conjoint degree of a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies at the end of 2015. She went on to complete a Masters of Laws in 2016. Her focus was International Law including Refugee Conventions and a comparative Immigration policy study from countries such as Norway, United States of America, Australia including New Zealand.

Saska volunteered with refugees and migrants over the course of her studies and has hands on experience with refugee resettlement.

After her graduation Saska went on to practise in a general practise for a brief period before joining Idesi Legal.

She is a migrant herself and has empathy and compassion with her clients.

Barrister & Solicitor

Dr Kai-Cheung Leung

BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), LLB, PhD

Dr Leung is a graduate from University of Auckland. He is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the High Court in New Zealand and to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Prior to joining Idesi Legal, he worked in a general practice law firm specializing in conveyancing, wills, power of attorney, trust, estate planning, as well as small and medium business commercial law.

Dr Leung is excited to work in the Immigration and Refugee Law field and is passionate about it. He himself is a migrant from China having settled here when he was young and has first-hand experience of a migrants plight.

Dr Leung comes from a diverse background having studied and excelled in many areas particularly in the field of Science. He brings his wide knowledge base, expertise and a fine mind to this representative role.

He views this role as benefiting people who will often be in vulnerable positions and difficult positions, such as refugees and deportees, as well as migrant workers and international students.

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