Mouhannad joined Gallaway Cook Allan in November 2021 as a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Team. Originally from Syria (with a Lebanese background) he graduated from the Law College at the University of Damascus. Following his graduation, he successfully ran his own firm until 2012 when he moved with his family to New Zealand.
On arriving in his new home, Mouhannad embraced the challenges of requalifying as a New Zealand lawyer. He completed study at Faculty of Law at the University of Otago so as to be able to join the New Zealand Bar and was admitted in 2016. During this time, he also completed a Master of International Studies, with Distinction. This programme has provided him with a broad knowledge of International Human Rights Law which adds to his professional experience in Immigration and Refugee Law. Following his admission Mouhannad also gained experience practising in Property Law and Family Law.
Mouhannad is bilingual Arabic/ English and has expertise in Islamic Law and the French legal system - which is adopted in most Middle eastern countries. He is also a qualified interpreter at the Ministry of Justice and New Zealand Police.
Mouhannad has fully engrossed himself in the Dunedin community including committing himself to regular voluntary work. He is a former executive member of the Dunedin Multi-ethnic Council and an active member of the Dunedin Refugee Resettlement Steering Group. Mouhannad had the privilege of introducing the Arabic version of the Treaty of Waitangi through the governmental “Treaty Times Thirty” Project.
Away from office, Mouhannad enjoys spending time with his family and travelling around Aotearoa. He finds himself in researching and reading historical and political books, and he describes swimming as his best sport.
LLB, MIntSt (Master of International Studies)