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Our expert private client lawyers provide strategic advice regarding taxation, trusts, asset planning, complex succession matters, and the migration to and from New Zealand. We have advised individuals, family offices and trustees on these and related matters.  

Our private client lawyers comprise specialists with market-leading expertise in tax, immigration and trusts law who can draw on the capabilities of the broader firm, including real estate, corporate/commercial and regulatory experts.

Much of the work we do has an international dimension and we have worked with a range of law and accounting firms around the world on these assignments. Russell McVeagh is not tied to any one international firm, meaning we will be happy to work with your existing advisors in another country or to help you choose the best advisors in another country from the networks of advisors we have worked with internationally.

Our experience includes:

  • advising offshore clients migrating to New Zealand on the New Zealand immigration, asset planning and tax aspects of their move to New Zealand;
  • designing and implementing structures to protect and utilise clients' personal and business assets;
  • business succession and estate planning;
  • advising on all legal aspects of the establishment, management, re-organisation and administration of trusts; and
  • acting on contentious cross-border and domestic trust disputes.


​We also frequently participate in law reform, most recently in consultations on the draft bill that became the Trusts Act 2019. We have assisted many of our private clients in their interactions with the Overseas Investment Office (which considers applications for approval for certain foreign investments), Immigration New Zealand, Inland Revenue and New Zealand Customs and will advise you on the practical aspects of dealing with these agencies.    

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