We support those involved in business, whether big or small, and whether at the early stages in forming a company or entering into a joint venture, ongoing support with commercial contracts and compliance when operating the business, raising capital for expansion and new initiatives, or assisting with the sale of the business to a purchaser. We come alongside business owners and seek to fully understand your market and industry so we can provide the best advice possible.
We can help with:
We also often deal with foreign companies wishing to invest in New Zealand and can help with Overseas Investment Office applications and more generally with a smooth entry into the New Zealand market (including visa and immigration assistance) with assistance provided by our native Chinese speakers and staff who speak Japanese.
Complementing our business advice we have teams who specialise in disputes, employment and property.
We support those involved in technology in particular with advice on start-ups and new joint ventures. We have experience with the sale of large technology businesses which have been sold for tens of millions. We also regularly advise on IT contracts such as licenses and software development agreements.
In this sector we have acted for decades for significant Teach businesses, including Tait Communications. Our former senior partner, Peter van Rij was Chairman of Tait Limited for many years and remains on the Board of Directors. Our clients range from those involved in start up software businesses to those with new inventions and technologies that are still at the research stage. Some of our clients have been involved in different lightning labs and accelerators around the country and we have experience reviewing the associated documentation that comes with those programs.
In the educational sector we act for Code Club Aotearoa and Partner Kris Morrison is a Board Member.
We have also recently started our own IT start-up working with software developers on a solution that we think can be used in the legal industry and which will be unveiled in due course. This process has meant we have had to directly face, ourselves, many of the curly issues that confront early stage IT companies and funding rounds and issues associated with them.
In this area we have a dedicated website at innovate.parryfield.com where we are providing templates for use by technology companies. On that site we also have different articles and blog comments on the state of the industry.
Consultant Peter, focuses on business and company matters including commercial problem solving, negotiations, litigation, leases contracts, intellectual property and software, superannuation, finance and securities, international contracts, supply and distribution agreements.
Peter joined Parry Field Lawyers in 1975. He has extensive civil litigation experience and Peter has appeared for clients at the Privy Council twice on commercial issues.
Peter is a director of several companies and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Tait Electronics Limited. He is also actively involved in his church and has been a member of the Christian Schools Trust – Middleton Grange School for some time.
Luke joined Parry Field Lawyers as an Associate in March of 2015 and works in the Commercial/Property team. In 2014, Luke was a finalist in the category of Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year at the annual New Zealand Law Awards.
Luke graduated from the University of Canterbury and was admitted to the bar in 2009, at which stage he took up a position at a national law firm in Wellington.
In 2011 Luke and his wife travelled to the UK for their OE after accepting a one year fixed position at Harrow School in London, one of the UK’s most prestigious boarding schools.
Luke has many interests outside of work. Most notably, Luke is an experienced rugby referee, having been a member of the Canterbury Rugby Referees’ Association and the Wellington Rugby Referees’ Association over the past seven years. Luke is also heavily involved in Canterbury club cricket and in particular the Lancaster Park-Woolston Cricket Club. Luke sits on the Management Committee of the club and manages the premier men’s side. Luke is also involved in St Stephens Anglican Church in Shirley and enjoys playing music and spending time with his family, in particular his wife and young son, Joel.
Alex specialises in civil litigation and dispute resolution, with experience resolving complex legal issues for clients both in and outside of the Courts. Alex has particular experience acting in disputes involving insurance, commercial contracts, commercial leases, trusts, child custody and relationship property.
In the community, Alex sits on the governance board of his local church, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Christchurch Alliance française, and serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch.
Outside of the office his other interests include reading, fencing, piano and travel.
Alex has a BA majoring in French and Political Science, and LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.
Judith works in our property and commercial team and is passionate about helping people understand and apply the law to their situation and finding practical solutions that best meet their needs. She is experienced in subdivision matters and regularly assists with large-scale subdivision work. Judith also enjoys working with commercial and corporate clients assisting with due diligence investigations, sale and purchase of businesses and leasing matters. Having assisted in-house counsel of a large New Zealand company Judith has been given helpful insights into the daily running of large companies. Judith also does residential conveyancing, Wills and Trusts.
Having graduated from the University of Otago with a double degree in Law and Commerce majoring in Accounting, Judith joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2014. Outside of the law, Judith sits on Aidanfield Christian School Board of Trustees, is active in her church and enjoys being the apprentice on her house renovations.
Steven is in the corporate and commercial team and recently published the book “Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook” (to obtain your copy click here). He focuses both on international companies investing in New Zealand as well as NZ companies with their domestic and international operations. He regularly advises on joint venture arrangements and due diligence on acquisition targets and works with start-ups (ranging from tech companies to social enterprises) to get their structure right.
Steven studied at Canterbury University and worked for 11 years at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo (4 years), London (3 years) and Sydney (4 years). Prior to this he spent 3 years in Wellington at a national firm. He has extensive experience in-house, including one year at Caltex in Sydney and two years at Mitsui in Tokyo. This provided him with an insight into clients’ drivers and requirements and the benefits of clear, timely and practical advice. He also has a podcast Seeds: Talking Purpose where he interviews entrepreneurs and social enterprises about their journeys.
“Steven’s ability to interpret my sometimes limited instructions and quickly prepare accurate deliverables as well as think ahead to what else I may need – whether an associated email or suggested next steps – has been a huge help to me.”
Charlotte Harris, Group Commercial Manager, Tait Communications
“The guidance and advice I received from Steven has been instrumental to the development of The Commuting Book. It gave me confidence to move forward and think big and I particularly appreciate being challenged with interesting questions that helped bring new perspectives to the project.”
Magda Lorenzo, Founder of The Commuting Book
Christine re-joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2016. She previously worked at the firm from 1984 to 1989. She is a highly experienced legal executive who has worked in a range of areas including property, trusts and estates. Before coming back to Christchurch she worked in Wellington for 27 years including 14 years at a major national law firm. She has returned “home” to be closer to her mother.
Her new role with our property and trusts teams includes assisting our Hokitika office and supporting the work that comes from the Coast.
Her specialist areas include advising on:
· Wills, family trusts and asset protection, and estate administration; and
· Subdivisions and easements including the creation of land covenants.
Chris is a Registered Affiliate of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives, and has a BA from Canterbury University with a double major in Art History and Classics.
Outside work her interests include hiking and gardening.
Grant is Chair of partners at Parry Field Lawyers.
He has been a lawyer since 1980 and has been a partner in Parry Field since 1988, specialising in commercial/business law.
Grant has advised on the sales and purchases of businesses, farms and the sale and purchase and protection of intellectual property. He has helped restructure businesses as well as build asset protection and succession structures for individuals. Grant has some significant clients operating in tourism, IT, farming and the service industries.
Grant is a Trust Board Member of Lea-Dev Langham, the New Zealand arm of an international Christian training and support agency. He is also on the Vestry at St Christophers Anglican Church in Avonhead Christchurch.
He is a past Chairman of Burnside High School Board of Trustees, St Christophers Community Trust and Waiora Forest Landscapes Ltd. Grant has also been an officer of other trusts and companies and has considerable experience with not-for-profit entities.
In his spare time Grant enjoys reading, squash and mountain biking. When asked what he enjoys most about working as a lawyer he replied: “When I first became a lawyer I really enjoyed helping people with legal issues. While that is still true, just as rewarding, now, is that many people also ask for advice on non- legal issues; showing how much they have come to trust and respect the experience that lawyers gain”.
Kris leads our corporate, technology and startup advisory team, and regularly advises on business structuring, acquisitions, intellectual property ownership and licensing, software agreements, services agreements and joint venture agreements, as well as solvency issues affecting business operations. Complementing this, Kris also leads our migrant team composed of 5 Mandarin speakers and 2 Japanese speakers which assists with overseas investment into New Zealand as well as immigration matters.
Kris acts for a number of not for profits, charities and social enterprises. assisting with a range of issues including drafting of constitutions, trust deeds and operational rules, incorporation, charitable registration and schedule 32 applications. He also represents a number of schools, and has particular knowledge and expertise in the framework that governs state integrated schools in New Zealand.
Having spent two years in Wellington as Research Counsel to a Judge, Kris frequently provides expert opinion and advice on curly questions that arise for Parry Field Lawyers’ Clients. He has written on New Zealand environmental and property law, and has tutored in Contract Law at Victoria University of Wellington and Tort Law and Land Law at the University of Canterbury.
Kris is also a Board Member of Code Club Aotearoa and the chairman of the Christian Schools Network in Christchurch and the Emmanuel Christian School Board of Trustees, and is actively involved in his church.
Kris and his wife, Louise, have six children and are kept busy in their ‘spare’ time running around after them.