We're pleased to announce our new partners and senior associates across our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices for 2018. 


In Auckland, Terence Ng joins the banking and financial services team and specialises in banking and finance, corporate and commercial, and property law.  He advises on a broad range of international and domestic financing transactions, and represents corporates and banks.  His particular experience lies in property finance, project finance, structured finance, acquisition finance, business banking and security enforcement.  Terence‚Äôs clients are based both in New Zealand and offshore (such as China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore).  He regularly advises offshore clients on the issues involved in investment structures, setting up businesses or acquiring assets in New Zealand.

In Christchurch, Kelly Paterson is a member of the litigation team and advises on a wide range of commercial litigation issues, including contract disputes, insolvency and credit recovery, local government issues, property law disputes and security enforcement.

Senior associates

In Auckland, Brett Rawlings specialises in corporate and international tax.  His areas of focus include tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, general structuring and investment advice, and assisting clients with tax disputes and negotiations.  Daniel Collins joins the banking and financial services team and has over 12 years of experience leading complex and high profile transactions with top tier firms in Auckland, Dubai and Sydney (including more than eight years at Clifford Chance).  Daniel specialises in leverage and acquisition finance, project finance, syndicated and complex multiparty lending, secondary debt trading, special situation transactions and corporate rescue and debt restructuring.  Daniel was recently listed as a Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500 and as a Rising Star by Expert Guides.  Jessica Wilsher specialises in corporate and commercial law.  She advises on commercial and transactional agreements, corporate governance and other company law matters.  Jessica has experience in drafting and advising on a wide range of commercial and transactional agreements, including commercial procurement and supply agreements.  Kathy Wilson specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law.  Kathy has experience working for private clients on resource consents, plan changes, policy statements and has appeared at council, Environment Court and High Court hearings.  Kathy has particular expertise with aquaculture consents and plan changes.  In addition Kathy has extensive experience in environmental due diligence as part of property and corporate transactions.

In Wellington, Diana Thomas specialises in public and administrative law.  Diana advises a range of public and private sector entities on a variety of public law issues, including the principles of administrative law, the Crown Entities Act 2004, the Education Act 1989, and handling requests for official information.  Katie Williams provides advice on a range of corporate and commercial matters including company administration and compliance, corporate governance issues and reviewing corporate agreements.  Rachael Balasingam specialises in environment and resource management law.  Her experience includes advising public and private sector clients on a range of resource management, local government and regulatory matters.  She has assisted clients in various forums including the District Court, Environment Court, Board of Inquiry, High Court and Court of Appeal.  Victoria Brunton specialises in environment and resource management law.  She has experience advising both local authority and private clients in areas of environmental, resource management, local government and public law.  She has assisted clients in both council hearings and Environment Court proceedings, including direct referrals, advising clients on resource consents, concessions and plan issues.

In Christchurch, Danielle Elley advises on a range of corporate and commercial, property and financial matters, including the preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements, documenting of lease arrangements, company administration and compliance for a variety of clients as well as frequently providing general corporate advice.  Jenna Silcock specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, resource management and local government law.  She has experience in assisting clients with insolvency and credit recovery, local government issues, resource management issues and general civil litigation.  Jenna has appeared in the Environment, District and High Courts and the Court of Appeal.