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Law ScholarshipsThe beginning of the year has certainly kicked off with a bang. In February we announced the finalists and winners of the inaugural Smith and Partners Law Scholarships. We were blown away by the quality of the applicants. They really are outstanding examples of young West Aucklanders.

Applications for the 2013 scholarship program close at the beginning of August, so please encourage any students interested in applying to find out more information online at

In March a group of our younger lawyers launched our latest effort to help develop and grow West Auckland by starting the Future Leaders of West Auckland. This is an excellent opportunity for young people who work in West Auckland to network and develop contacts among their peers. You can learn more about their next event and about how you, your team or someone you know can be involved at

We are also pleased to welcome back employment law specialist, Elizabeth Briggs who has returned from maternity leave.

Peter has signed on for his 7th year as one of the judges for the Westpac Auckland West Business Awards. We encourage any of you with businesses to consider submitting an entry. The process is rigorous, but it also offers you an invaluable analysis of your business and how you can develop it to be even better. You can find more information about it on our website at

We hope you find this update informative. We would love to hear from you if there are any topics you would like to see covered in the next newsletter.


Peter, Greg, Wade & Ruth
  TRUST LAW | Maria Hamber
Do you need to review your trust?
Maria HamberA trust is set up to protect your assets, so it makes sense to regularly review your trust affairs to ensure that your trust is servicing its purpose and that everything is in order. Maria Hamber outlines how to review your trust and what you should be looking out for in her latest article – How to conduct a trust review. READ MORE »

BUSINESS LAW | Jason Carruthers
Intellectual property – should you be protected?
Jason CarruthersWhat is intellectual property? How do you protect it? When is the right time to invest in protecting the intellectual property of your business? Intellectual property lawyer, Jason Carruthers discusses the impact of intellectual property protection for your business.

PROPERTY LAW | Wade Hansen
Looking to buy at a mortgagee sale? Read this first
Wade HansenWe’ve seen an increase in clients buying property at mortgagee sales. They can be great to grab a bargain – but you need to understand the risks involved before you buy. Property lawyer, Wade Hansen, lays out the questions you need to ask and some of the issues you need to be aware of when buying a property at a mortgagee sale. READ MORE »

Do you understand your role and responsibilities as the executor of a will?
Mimi LewellDealing with the loss of a loved one is hard at any time, matters can become even more complicated if you are named as an executor of the will. Smith and Partner's Estates Administrator, Mimi Lewell, explains the role and responsibilities of an executor - from funeral arrangements, to control and distribution of assets, to estate administration, applications for probate or letters of administration through to estate claims. READ MORE »

  FAMILY LAW | Ruth Gregory
Child relocation disputes – what happens when one parent wants to move
Ruth GregoryWhat happens when one parent wants to move across town, across country, or even to an entirely different country? Family lawyer, Ruth Gregory discusses the issues from both sides. READ MORE »

LITIGATION | Ilsaad Razak
What to do if a LIM (Land Information Memorandum) is faulty?
Ilsaad RazakObtaining a LIM (Land Information Memorandum) is considered an essential part of conducting due diligence before you purchase a property – but what happens if the information contained in that LIM is incorrect? Litigation lawyer, Ilsaad Razak outlines what your options are and how a recent case affects your ability to receive reparation.

EMPLOYMENT LAW | Carolyn Ranson
What employers need to know about employment agreements
Carolyn RansonDo your employment agreements work for you as an employer, or do they only protect your employee? Employment lawyer, Carolyn Ranson outlines some of the clauses that should be included in your agreements to protect you and your business. READ MORE »
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