Duncan Cotterill: New Zealand

Duncan Cotterill: New Zealand


Established in 1857, Duncan Cotterill is one of the longest established law firms in New Zealand and is consistently ranked as one of New Zealand’s top 10 law firms. We are a full-service national law firm with offices in Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington and Auckland.

We provide tailored commercial advice to clients doing business in New Zealand’s largest sectors. We have specialist teams working in corporate and commercial, property, construction, tax, employment, health and safety, technology, environment and resource management, intellectual property, litigation, and dispute resolution.

Our clients operate regionally, nationally and internationally. They include state and public sector organisations, listed and mid-cap companies, insurers, banks, professional service firms and a large number of small and medium businesses. The thing they share in common is their desire to work with lawyers who do more than just state the law: lawyers who operate as highly-valued business advisers.

Our national spread of offices gives us a strong local network across New Zealand. We have great connections to professional services providers, business people, industry groups and government across the country.

We advise significant clients doing business across all of New Zealand’s major sectors, including agribusiness, construction, manufacturing, education, government, insurance, retail, hotel, tourism, technology and professional services.

Practice areas

  • Agribusiness (including forestry, water rights, primary production and corporate/individual farming)
  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial property
  • Construction & projects
  • Corporate & commercial
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Health & safety
  • Immigration
  • Information & communication technology
  • Insolvency & restructuring
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation & dispute resolution
  • Overseas investment
  • Private client, family & trust law
  • Public law
  • Resource management

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