Business and Commercial Law

When it comes to Commercial Law, knowledge is key. A solid plan needs to be in place to protect your assets and business interests. Whether you are a small family-run business, a rapidly growing start-up or a large firm, a clear legal plan is essential. While a family-run business may not require as many policies and protections as a firm that employs 200+ staff, seeking advice and representation from a commercial lawyer will ensure that your business is protected from any damaging disputes or financial issues.

Our Commercial Lawyer’s can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Starting a Business  What can you do yourself to give yourself a cost-effective entry into the commercial world? Bank borrowing, personal guarantees, terms of trade and protection of intellectual property are all essential items to consider. How can you protect your assets against creditors? What are your plans for the future and your family? What is the ultimate destination for your business? Seeking the counsel with a commercial lawyer will allow you to make the right decisions for your business.

3 Questions You Should Ask Your Commercial Lawyer When Setting Up a Business

  • Foreign Investment and Immigration This is an important part of our practice. Investment in New Zealand requires local knowledge and a thorough understanding of the country’s regulatory environment. This includes knowledge of the Overseas Investment Office requirements for land, large investments and fishing quota. We can handle visas for newly arrived workers in New Zealand.
  • Trade Conditions & Negotiations The legal environment in which goods and services are sold in New Zealand changes frequently, particularly in the areas of consumer protection and consumer finance. You will need to seek the advice of a commercial lawyer who is knowledgeable in these areas, and also more widely, in relation to the Trans-Tasman agreement on bilateral legal proceedings, privacy issues, competition law and GST.
  • Employment Relations No business can grow without expanding its workforce. Recruitment, retention and restructuring are key areas that need to be considered by any business, along with the ownership of intellectual property and restraints of trade. A commercial lawyer can help implement effective employment policies and resolved employment disputes, either through mediation or litigation. They can also provide solid advice on how to successfully implement the growing number of health and safety acts that are required to operate a workplace in New Zealand.
  • Land & Property Issues The correct management of your commercial property and the protection of your rights as a leaseholder are essential items to consider for your business.  We provide advice on lease contracts, property laws and liability issues, for all types of business ventures.
  • Company Structuring & Incorporation We provide advice and assistance on setting up the correct legal structure for your business, along with arranging the supporting documentation. We also deal with the risks and opportunities involved in the transfer of ownership by death, disability or dispute.
  • Business Channels The depth and breadth of a business is enhanced by licences in or out of that business. Distribution arrangements (both traditional and using the internet), franchising or other relational contracts are all essential components that need to be established.
  • Financial Issues The protection of company finances is a key aim of commercial law. We help with all borrowing and tax matters.
  • Business Acquisition and Deposition Changes in ownership and control comes in many forms, including joint ventures, partnerships or amalgamations and internal restructuring. Other measures may involve offers of securities to the public, either through the NZX or another stock exchange, as well as the creation of employee incentive and share option schemes. Along with being able to provide you with steadfast support throughout these negotiations, we also recommend taking up the services of a commercial lawyer for advice on issues regarding tax and debt, arranging compromises with creditors, insolvency and owner/director issues such as receivership, voluntary administration and liquidation.

We provide advice and guidance on all these aspects of commercial law more through our Commercial Law, Employment Law, Disputes Resolution and Litigation, Property Law and Private Client teams. We work together to provide you with practical solutions. Our clients range from individuals and families to emerging businesses and large companies that trade internationally.

Other Commercial Services

Our Commercial Lawyers & Legal Staff

Henry Jansen

Partner
Ph: 09 969 0158
henryj@wynyardwood.co.nz

John Coltman

Partner
Ph: 09 969 0154
M: 021 748 931
johnc@wynyardwood.co.nz

Penny Jones

Partner
Ph: 09 969 6641
M: 021 953 193
penny@wynyardwood.co.nz

Stuart Callender

Consultant
Ph: 09 969 1774
M: 021 893 197
stuart@wynyardwood.co.nz

Bob Eades

Consultant
Ph: 09 969 0814
eades@wynyardwood.co.nz

Richard Osborne

Consultant
Ph: 09 969 0153
M: 021 968 049
richard@wynyardwood.co.nz

Terry McDell

Consultant
Ph: 09 969 0813
M: 021 850 540
terry@wynyardwood.co.nz

John Verdon

Consultant
Ph: 09 969 6644
johnv@wynyardwood.co.nz

Chris Walker

Consultant
Ph: (09) 969 0157
chris@wynyardwood.co.nz

Rae Hill

Associate
Ph: 09 969 1775
rae@wynyardwood.co.nz

Narina Bali

Solicitor
Ph: 09 9690811
narina@wynyardwood.co.nz

Claire Ward

Legal Executive
Ph: 09 969 0155
claire.ward@wynyardwood.co.nz

Our Commercial Law Offices

Highbrook

Ph: 09 969 0126
Address: Level 1, The Crossing, 60 Highbrook Drive, Highbrook Business Park, East Auckland
manager@wynyardwood.co.nz

Warkworth

Ph: 09 422 2190
Address: 27 Percy Street Warkworth
manager@wynyardwood.co.nz

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