Mobeena Hills is a Special Counsel and the Legal Practice Manager for Shine’s Christchurch office.
She has a BCom from UWS in Sydney and a Juris Doctor (Postgraduate Law) from UTS in Sydney. She was admitted to the NSW bar in 2010 and the New Zealand Bar in 2015.
Mobeena began her career working for one of Australia’s largest superannuation and insurance litigation practices. She then gained experience in state and federal workers compensation and public liability for the firm’s personal injury practice. Mobeena progressed her career at a firm renowned as a leader on historic child sex abuse claims and was involved in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Mobeena now manages the Christchurch litigation practice and is a leading specialist in abuse claims and earthquake matters. She has resolved hundreds of claims for homeowners against EQC and insurance companies.
As an expert in dispute resolution, she has appeared in various tribunals and courts, including the District Court, High Court and Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal, and has also used the facilities provided by the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service (GCCRS).
Mobeena provides an initial free appraisal where she is skilled at identifying potential issues, including matters involving deadlines under the Limitation Acts.
Mobeena is expert at navigating the Christchurch Earthquake List and maximising procedural efficacy. She has solid relationships with key stakeholders and leading experts.
Mobeena is also actively involved in pursuing compensation claims for abuse victims involving churches, schools, and government organisations and has taken a ‘No Win No Fee’ approach on select abuse cases.
Based on her experience in NSW, where limitations issues have been abolished for abuse claims, Mobeena has made submissions to New Zealand’s Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, arguing that similar rules should apply in New Zealand.
Mobeena is experienced in general civil litigation including:
- Earthquake claims
- Historic child sexual abuse matters
- Income protection insurance claims
- Disability insurance claims
- Motor vehicle insurance claims
- Construction contract disputes
Member of the Pacific Lawyers Association
Member of the Canterbury Women’s Legal Association
Mobeena is passionate about matters of social justice and prides herself on being a lawyer for the people.
“Being in the industry for 13 years, I understand the needs of my clients. I pride myself on being pragmatic, honest and cost-effective. My goal at the first meeting is to understand my clients’ issues and advise them in plain English, ensuring that they walk away entrusting me to shoulder their problem for them.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the impact it has on my clients. To see firsthand my clients finally achieve closure and regain their independence is extremely humbling. And our relationship doesn’t end there. I am proud to still be in contact with clients from when I first commenced practice”.