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Steven is a partner at Parry Field Lawyers based in Christchurch in our commercial team and active supporting clients across the country. He has 20 years’ experience overall practising in New Zealand as well as in England, Australia and Japan and often helps start-ups as well as tech companies, investors, charities and social enterprises. He has a focus on empowering impact and often helps clients get their legal structures right.
He published the book: “Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook” and to educate and grow the impact ecosystem he hosts a weekly podcast “Seeds” www.theseeds.nz interviewing inspiring people with more than 270 interviews and more than 120,000 listens. He has a strong commercial focus having spent time working in-house as he has had two secondments to clients – the in-house legal team of the Japanese trading house Mitsui in Tokyo (2 years) and Caltex in Sydney (1 year).
Steven is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and frequent writer for publications like Stuff and Spinoff with his list of article here. He grew up in Christchurch and graduated from Canterbury University. He currently holds a practising certificate for New Zealand but is also qualified in England & Wales and New South Wales.
After 3 years working at a national law firm in Wellington, Steven spent 11 years overseas working for an international law firm in Tokyo (4 years), London (3 years) and Sydney (4 years) before returning to New Zealand at the start of 2016. He brings a unique perspective and proactive approach to issues faced by clients. He works with both New Zealand and international companies with a strong focus on those investing here.
Steven is currently on a few boards and has some other involvements, such as:
- Chair of Community Finance (recently raised $50 million for social housing);
- Member of XRB Advisory Panel;
- APAC Regional Chair for Impact Lawyers Group;
- Member of Charities Services Sector Group;
- Facilitator for IOD legal portion of Company Director Course;
- Trustee of Whanau Whenua Whare Trust.
He would welcome the chance to talk with you about how our team could help yours. Some comments from some who have worked with him:
“Steven Moe and Parry Field have been instrumental in helping us navigate the legal pathways of setting up KIND Eatery as a social enterprise that incorporates social outcomes into its constitution. They helped us avoid significant compliance costs by advising a structure that works both for us and for the enterprise. We have found Steven to be the most knowledgeable person in New Zealand in these areas and are grateful for his advice and support.”
Nigel Cottle, Crave Café in Auckland
“Steven Moe’s expertise and his support to Digital Seniors has been fantastic. He works with where you’re at, bringing stretch to your thinking and ‘value add’. He has our highest recommendation.”
Technology: Digital Seniors, Cathy Hardinge, Founder and CEO
“Parry Field Lawyers provided a fantastic service when I sold my business. As a complete newbie to the process, they explained things clearly, without jargon, and were super responsive to all my questions. Their pricing is very fair and I’m delighted with the entire process Parry Field Lawyers undertook. I can’t recommend them enough and look forward to working with them again.”
“He toka tū moana he ākinga nā ngā tai. Steadfast as the rock that scorns the lashings of the tide. This is the whakatauki (proverb) that comes to mind when reflecting on the solid support that Steven Moe and his team provided us at RIVER Aotearoa Charitable Trust during our formation. Founding our not-for-profit entity that encompasses work from Turtle Island (Canada, USA) to Aotearoa was complicated and inter-twining. Steven Moe and his team at Parry Field Lawyers were knowledgeable and patient way-finders as we navigated our unique circumstances to land with a safe, sound organisational structure. With Steven’s guidance we have now received our charitable status and can begin our work in revitalising Indigenous values to care for Papatūānuku. We are very grateful for all of Steven’s effort and dedication to our mahi and we look forward to working with him as we grow. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koe mō tō manaakitanga, e Steven”
Jodi Gustafason & Erin Carr – RIVER Aotearoa Charitable Trust
Recent articles and reports:
- On Christchurch and impact of Eathquakes: https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/22-02-2021/how-the-christchurch-earthquake-gave-rise-to-a-new-generation-of-businesses/
- On Impact Investing: https://www.centreforsocialimpact.org.nz/te-puaha-o-te-ako/2020/november/overview-of-impact-investing-in-aotearoa
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