Pat Rotherham


LLB – University of Canterbury

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In early 2014 Pat merged his long-standing practice, Rotherhams Law (formerly Gough & Irving), with Parry Field Lawyers. Pat has a particular interest in asset protection and succession planning through the use of appropriate structures such as trusts in particular, bespoke wills, companies and relationship property/property sharing agreements if required, and in the relevance of international/national tax reporting regimes to trusts. His practice includes a focus on complex family trust and estate administration problems.

Pat also has a broad-base experience in business and property acquisitions and disposals and he has represented individuals, family trusts and private companies in assisting them to fulfil their long term plans. He works closely with accountants and related professionals to ensure his clients’ needs are understood and achievable.

For over 19 years Pat has been the co-ordinator of the Free Legal Advice Centre within Christchurch West Citizens Advice Bureau. He has written articles for local organisations and community publications, in the past given many presentations on various legal topics to client groups as well as to community organisations, bank customers and local retirement villages. In 2018 he published the practical guidance booklet “Trust that Trust”, which is on the firm’s website. Pat is a keen Rotarian and for the past 2 years has been a director of Committees at the Cashmere Rotary Club.

Pat is married to Shelly who worked with him in his practice for 16 years prior to his merger with Parry Field Lawyers and he has two adult children and four grandchildren. When commitments allow, Pat is a keen road cyclist, mountain biker and tennis player. He enjoys music, reading, theatre and travel in his spare time.