OUR SERVICES

Treadwells brings together a highly talented team of legal practitioners who provide both expertise across many areas of legal practice and general legal services to people of all walks of life.

CRIMINAL LAW

Our criminal and litigation lawyers have expertise in the full range of criminal matters, including:

  • Traffic offences and Limited driver licence applications

  • Police prosecutions

  • Defending Inland Revenue and local authority cases

  • Court appearances - guilty pleas and the conduct of jury trials

  • Sentencing

  • Appeals up to the Court of Appeal

EMPLOYMENT LAW

We can provide expert assistance in establishing, maintaining and terminating employment relationships for both employers and employees and provide timely advice on all aspects of employment law and health and safety.

Our employment law and related services include:

  • Employment agreements and service contracts

  • Advice on contracts, holiday and parental leave entitlements, sick leave, the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, salary/wage entitlements, bonus payments, restraints of trade and other employment practises

  • Advice on appropriate processes for performance management, restructuring and disciplinary matters

  • Representation in employment disputes including contractual breaches and personal grievances

  • Advice on health and safety

FAMILY LAW

The overlap between family law and other areas of law is increasing. 

As a general practice firm we are well placed to advise and act for clients whose commercial, trust, or property activities have family law implications.  We routinely advise on Property (Relationships) Act 1976 matters, which include:

  • Preparing relationship property agreements

  • Providing strategic advice regarding property interests prior to a relationship, or prior to a separation

  • Assisting with the implementation of relationship property agreements when a relationship ends

  • Advising about the Court’s approach to determining property interests

  • Obtaining appropriate property valuation advice particularly when values are disputed

  • Experienced representation through negotiations or Court proceedings required to determine a value for business interests

  • Division of relationship and trust assets through negotiation or, if necessary, litigation

  • Sale and purchase of property

TRUSTS & ESTATE PLANNING

We act for and advise clients in respect of family, charitable, and private trusts. We regularly work with clients to create durable trust structures that protect personal assets from business and creditor risk and relationship property claims.

We advise on the proper administration of trusts and the exercise of trustees’ duties. Our services to clients also include the preparation of wills and enduring powers of attorney, estate planning and administration, relationship property agreements, and acting as independent trustees.

The firm has a long history of acting for and advising trustees of charitable trusts. This includes creating charitable trusts, having charitable purposes approved by the High Court, assisting with registration under the Charities Act 2005, and advising on proper trust administration.

PROPERTY & FINANCE

Treadwells has extensive experience in all areas of property law, from residential conveyancing, to commercial leasing and acquisitions, property development, property development and rural property transactions. 

We recognise that many New Zealanders are passionate about owning property but that purchasing is a significant event that often requires considerable commitment.

We assist our clients throughout this process and can assist with negotiating and recording agreements.  Where necessary, we will work closely with our clients’ other professional advisers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated result.

Our services include:

  • Domestic conveyancing - sale and purchase agreements and transaction settlement

  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial leases

  • Advising landlords and tenants on rent review, lease renewals, and maintenance and repair obligations

  • Assisting with due diligence investigations for purchase of commercial properties

  • Acting for vendors and purchasers in relation to commercial property transactions

  • Assisting with loan arrangements and mortgage refinancing

  • Advising on and undertaking mortgagee sales

  • Preparing and reviewing tender documents

  • Representing parties and property-related disputes

  • Rural property transactions

  • Rural leasing

CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL

Treadwells has a strong commercial law practice and acts for a large number of companies, agencies, and small to medium sized business.

We take the time to understand client operations and strive to find commercial solutions that are both realistic and practical.  We advise on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters from incorporation to transactions to winding-up.

LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

We provide pragmatic, and cost-effective legal and strategic advice focused on your best interests.

Litigation is not always the best means of resolving disputes and we can advise on a range of other options for dispute resolution, which can bring about a beneficial outcome without the expense and risk that accompanies litigation.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial litigation

  • Contract disputes

  • Leaky building disputes

  • Insolvency

  • Leasing and tenancy issues

  • Corporate resolution

  • Relationship property