Mr Kumar was admitted as Australian Legal Practitioner in 1998; is a barrister at NSW Bar since 2001; commenced practise at NZ Bar in 1998 & holds current practising certificate in NZ.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & NZ; Chartered Secretary; and Chartered Tax Adviser. He completed Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from UTS; also holds other qualifications from the Auckland University of Technology; University of the South Pacific and University of Technology, Sydney. He is also an Expert Determiner (NSW Bar); and member of NSW Bar’s Equal Opportunity Committee since 2011.


Prior to coming to the Bar, Mr Kumar worked in senior accountancy, finance and managerial roles and has worked for, among others for Touche Ross (and Pricewaterhouse Coopers) and commercial roles at senior level.


Tertiary Qualifications

Master of Laws-University of Sydney (1998) (Tax Law / Corporations Law)
Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution (UTS, Sydney)(1997)
Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (UTS, Sydney)(1997)
Professional exams - Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators - ACIS
Professional exams - Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand – CA
Bachelor of Arts (Accounting)(USP, Fiji) (award pending) & professional chartered exams

Professional Qualifications / Memberships

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia - CA
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand - CA
  • Taxation Institute of Australia –(Fellow) FTIA
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators - ACIS ACCM
  • The NSW Bar Association
  • Law Society of New Zealand & ADLS & NZ Bar Association


Court Admissions

  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW(1998)
  • Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Australia(1998)
  • Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand(1998)


Awards / Recognition

Committee Memberships

  • Member – Equal Opportunity Committee – NSW Bar Assn - Australia (2011)
  • Member – Business Forum Planning Committee – Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (2002 to 2003 & ad hoc to date)
  • Member – Property & Business Law Committee – Auckland District Law Society (2004)
  • Member – Public Issues Committee – Auckland District Law Society (2004) – high profile committee that deals with many issues including suitability of judges.
  • Ad Hoc Committee involvement with Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand – Sydney Branch.


Papers published & other professional involvement

  • Presented paper to NSW Lawyers on behalf of Lexis-Nexis;
  • Published papers in professional journals such as Charter (Chartered Accountants’ journal), Offshore Investment Journal (Tax)

Member- Global Advisory Board
International Lawyers Forum
Indian Law Associates (ILA)

Barrister Ashok Kumar

Barrister-at-Law
(High Court of Australia & High Court of New Zealand)
Barrister-Chalfont Chambers (Australia)

Institute of Chartered Accountants (Aust & NZ)(CA)
Chartered Secretaries Institute (ACIS)
Taxation Institute of Australia (CTA)
NSW Bar Association (Barrister-at-Law)
NZ Law Society (Barrister-at-Law)