Our dedicated business specialists focus on offering proactive support for those involved in business.
This support comes in many forms covering all stages that a business is at, ranging from start-ups to more established companies expanding overseas. We assist with getting the structure right when 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 and ensuring compliance with rules around investors, or assisting with the acquisition and sale of businesses . We come alongside business owners and seek to fully understand your market and industry so we can provide the best advice possible. This means we routinely deal with companies involved in the tech sector, agriculture, services, products, exporters, importers and others.
We can help with:
We also often deal with foreign companies wishing to invest in New Zealand and can help with Overseas Investment Office (OIO) applications. We can also help 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 Tech businesses, including Tait Communications. Our , 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 Digital Future Aoteroa and Partner Kris Morrison is a Board Member.
We have also recently started our own IT start-up “Active Associate” working with software developers on a solution that we think can be used in the legal industry. 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 videos 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.
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 and Personal 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, hi-tech, farming, medicine 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 Board of Stepping Stone Trust, a Christchurch charity focussed on assisting those with mental illness.
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 a trustee or director 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 as well as the occasional bit of public speaking. 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”.
“Grant Adams and Parry Field have proved to be capable and reliable partners over many years. Grant in particular successfully managed our interests in a multi-million dollar commercial transaction involving the sale of our businesses to a private equity company. In addition he has overseen numerous other commercial transactions including the drafting of various shareholder and loan agreements that were always clear, precise and easily understood. I am pleased to endorse Grant and his team to any prospective client.”
Brendan McNeill – Company Director , Christchurch.
“I’ve worked with Grant and others in the Parry Field team for many years now. Grant’s help navigating me through the sale of my business to a very large multi-national company was invaluable as he helped guide me through the process to negotiate and work with lawyers from several countries, an M & A team from the US and a complex sale and purchase agreement. Recently Grant has provided me with excellent help, advice and support as I’ve worked to set up a charity in New Zealand and social enterprise business in Nepal. I always enjoy meeting with Grant as the time spent with him is ‘more than just business”
Mike Chisholm-Company Director, Christchurch.
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.
Steven is a Partner at Parry Field Lawyers based in Christchurch. He helps start-up companies as well as more mature tech companies, investors, social enterprises and others. After 11 years overseas working for an international law firm in Tokyo (4 years), London (3 years) and Sydney (4 years) and 3 years in Wellington, he returned to New Zealand at the start of 2016 and so 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.
He has a unique focus on empowering impact and published the book: “Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook”. To educate and grow the impact ecosystem he hosts a weekly podcast “Seeds” www.theseeds.nz interviewing inspiring people with more than 110 interviews and more than 35,000 listens. He is not a stranger to being involved in a start-up as co-founder of an IT start-up focusing on AI enabled chatbot solutions: http://activeassociate.com/. 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).
He graduated from Canterbury University before working for a national law firm in Wellington for 3 years and then joining Norton Rose Fulbright in 2005 for 11 years. He currently holds a practising certificate for New Zealand but in the past has qualified in England & Wales and New South Wales (does not hold current practising certificates there).
He would welcome the chance to talk with you about how our team could help yours.
“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
Some other endorsements here: https://changeforgood.parryfield.com/testimonials/