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Whatever type of advice you need, you can be assured that support will be provided by an experienced team of professionals committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

We offer a wide range of legal services, including:

Building and Construction Law

  • Drafting and advising on building contractsClaims under the parties’ contract (eg price, time for completion or variations)
  • Claims arising from breach of contract (eg performance or defective work, non-payment by owners or head contractors)
  • Claims involving professionals or trades arising from breach of duty of care or breach of statute
  • Weathertightness issues
  • Claims and issues arising under the Construction Contracts Act (including adjudication)
  • Claims and issues arising under relevant building statutes

Business and Personal Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Contractual disputes
  • Insurance law problems
  • Debt collection or debt recovery
  • Company insolvency and bankruptcy advice
  • Injunctions
  • Making claims for personal remedies (eg under the Harassment Act)
  • Health and safety advice and prosecutions
  • Challenging decisions of Government and official organisations
  • Copyright and trademark disputes
  • Consumer protection matters

Business Law

  • Commercial contracts
  • Business sales and purchases
  • Business ventures
  • Commercial leases
  • Financing
  • Franchises
  • Company formation

Criminal Law

  • Defending court prosecutions brought by the police
  • Representing you in prosecutions by local authorities or Government departments, such as the Customs Service, Immigration New Zealand or Inland Revenue
  • Making applications for a discharge without conviction, if appropriate
  • Appeals against sentence or conviction
  • Drug offences and rehabilitation
  • Diversion
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations

Elder Law and Estates

  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Administration and Litigation
  • Family Trusts
  • Wills

Employment Law

  • Drafting and reviewing employment agreements
  • Personal grievances
  • Restructuring and redundancies
  • Wages or pay disputes
  • Health and safety obligations, including prosecutions
  • Privacy Act requirements and breaches
  • Human rights obligations and breaches
  • Restraints of trade

Environmental and Resource Management Law

  • Resource consent process
  • Breaches and interpretation of council plans
  • Submissions on plan changes
  • Enforcement procedures under the Resource Management Act (RMA)
  • Designation processes
  • Environment court proceedings, including mediation and court hearings
  • Advising on your rights as an ‘affected person’ in relation to applications

Family Law

  • Protecting your property through a prenuptial/contracting out agreement
  • Relationship/matrimonial property division
  • Adoption
  • Custody/parenting arrangements for children
  • Child support
  • Guardianship issues
  • Orders preventing removal of a child
  • Paternity
  • Dissolution/divorce
  • Domestic violence

Health and Safety Law

  • Advising on your health and safety obligations
  • Reviewing your operational procedures, audit and reporting processes
  • Developing health and safety compliance plans
  • Assisting you in handling WorkSafe NZ investigations if an incident does occur
  • Managing and defending prosecutions in the district and high court
  • Advising on one-off health and safety issues

Immigration Law

  • Lodging your initial application for a Visa (all categories)
  • Filing appeals to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal
  • Applying for Judicial Review to the High Court


  • Acting as your mediator
  • Attending the mediation with you as your lawyer
  • Advising you prior to mediation, if you are attending without a lawyer (eg Family Dispute Resolution), to ensure that you fully understand the process and to discuss strategy and possible solutions with you

Notary Public

  • Providing a Notary Public if required for witnessing signatures on legal documents, administering oaths and certifying the authenticity of legal documents (usually for documentation required overseas)

Property Law

  • Buying or selling a residential property
  • Buying or selling a rural or lifestyle property
  • Commercial sales and purchases
  • Mortgages and refinancing
  • Subdivisions

Rural Law

  • Buying and selling of farms, orchards and horticultural operations
  • Rural dispute resolution (negotiation, facilitation and mediation)
  • Rural financing
  • Rural employment issues
  • Succession planning
  • Sharemilker agreements
  • Equity partnerships and joint ventures
  • Rural leases and grazing agreements
  • Resource management issues

Traffic Law

  • Careless, dangerous or reckless driving charges
  • ‘Boy racer’ charges
  • Drink drive offences
  • Driving whilst disqualified charges
  • Road user and other regulatory infringements
  • Avoiding disqualification for special reasons
  • Alternative sentencing options
  • Limited or work licences for driving if you are disqualified


  • Advising on and drafting your Trust Deed and associated documents
  • Administration of Trusts
  • Variations, re-settlements and interpretation of Trust Deeds
  • Duties of Trustees
  • Rights of beneficiaries
  • Advising on the use of Trusts as a vehicle for asset protection and succession planning
  • The interface between matrimonial relationship property claims and Trusts
  • How to draft and structure Wills to enable your Trust vehicle to be effective
  • Managing disputes and conducting litigation involving Trusts


  • Drafting a new Will
  • Amending your existing Will
  • Preparing mirror or mutual Wills with your spouse or partner as appropriate
  • Discussing possible claims that could be made against your Estate, and how this may affect what is in your Will
  • Applications for validation of informal or non-compliant Will under the Wills Act 2007