We have developed a wide diversity of legal expertise, and offer a full range of legal services to corporate and private clients from a variety of backgrounds.  We are committed to extending this expertise. 

Our mission is:

  • To be readily available to clients recognising that legal issues by their nature are often urgent and stressful; and
  • To offer prompt, constructive advice and innovative practical solutions to legal and commercial problems.

Our major areas of practice are:

  • Company and commercial law, including commercial funding, syndications, company formations acquisitions and mergers, partnerships, joint ventures, business expansion schemes, property acquisition and leasing; Banking and finance law; Commercial securities.
  • Property and project developments, industrial and residential; Commercial leases; Hotel and Motel transactions; Building and engineering contracts.
  • Sales and purchases of businesses, homes and farms; Funding; Mortgages and financial advice for all property transactions; Advice to Farming and the rural sector.
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Maori Land Law issues, including commercial funding for Maori land developments; representing Maori Landowners/Maori Incorporations and Maori Trusts with land development, leasing, land administration, and utilisation.
  • Maori Land Court.
  • Defended criminal hearings and jury trials in the District Court and High Court and appeals before the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Family Court litigation, Adoption, Relationship Property, Parenting orders and Protection orders.
  • Employment issues, including dismissals, personal grievances and recovery of wages.
  • Resource Management, including appearances before District Council Committees and the Environment Court.
  • Wills, trusts and estate planning; Estate administration; Family protection and testamentary proceedings involving disputed wills.
  • Liquor Licensing Applications and general advice.
  • Service contracts and employment law; Labour disputes, Arbitrations; Accident Compensation issues.
  • Advising City Authorities, Boards and State Owned Enterprises.
  • Insolvency advice, company receiverships and liquidations.
  • Advice to the tourism industry.
  • Taxation and revenue law; Corporate and private tax planning.

Each client's interests are primarily co-ordinated by one Partner, who thereby gains a full understanding of that client's business and legal affairs. This Partner can then ensure that any special requirements are dealt with by the appropriate specialist within the firm.

Burnard Bull & Co Partners and staff have also always been full participants in community, charitable and sporting activities