Queenstown Law

Queenstown Law is part of the new breed of law firm that is listening to what clients want.
We are Lawyers – but different.
We walk the walk when it comes to being efficient through technology and systems. That means we can service clients at their place or ours, whatever suits. You’re not paying for flash offices and over the top overheads. Our office is simple and functional. We feel good about that.

Benefits of being a Queenstown Law client

  • Fixed fees for standard work
  • Flexible appointments – we can come to you
  • Fee payments can be spread over 3, 6 or 9 months
  • We respond within 24 hours
  • Your key documents are held in your own secure online portal
  • We are available 24/7 online. 9 to 5 is nothing!
  • Electronic signing of documents
  • Video conferencing

Our expertise is Property law, Business and Commercial law, Trust law and ownership structuring, Estates and Retirement Villages, International clients including Overseas Investment and Immigration law.
We have acquired valuable industry knowledge in the property, tourism and hospitality sectors. Not surprising in Queenstown.

OUR TEAM

RUSSELL MAWHINNEY – BA/LLB, PRINCIPAL

Russell is the Principal of Queenstown Law. His areas of practice are:

  • Property law including Body Corporate matters, property investment, property development, construction contracts, and advice for overseas investors
  • Commercial law including business structuring, sales and purchases, finance, intellectual property protection, commercial agreements and disputes
  • Company law including governance advice, director’s duties and liability, constitutions and shareholders agreements, share sales, and prejudiced shareholder issues
  • Trusts and asset protection including estate planning advice, and Family Protection Act issues
  • Legal advice relating to sports and events, tourism, construction, and food & beverage industries

Russell is a former member of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section Executive Committee and a former Queenstown Lakes District Councillor.

He has been involved in numerous sports and community groups in Queenstown including golf, cricket, soccer, swimming and karate clubs (in support of his children); the Chamber of Commerce, Destination Queenstown Strategic Review Board, Wakatipu Health Reference Group, various working parties and hearing panels while on Council, and the local National Party executive.

Russell was a sportsman in his younger days, captaining NZ Universities and representing Otago, Northern Districts and Griqualand West (South Africa) in first-class cricket for a number of years, as well as playing age group rugby for Otago.

Interests include mountain biking, golf, writing, and tasting good Central Otago wines.

His first book called “Blogs of the Travel Bugs” was published in 2013. Always up for a challenge, he and wife Susan recently hiked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
“I like to add a common sense and commercial dimension to the legal advice I provide. That is what my clients want and that is how I add value.”

russell@queenstownlaw.co.nz

SCOTT YOUNG – LLB, CONSULTANT

Scott joined Queenstown Law as a Consultant in August 2016. Scott is no stranger to the south having attended Otago University before returning to Hamilton. His career highlights includes time as a Judges Clerk in the High Court, as an Associate Partner in a large Hamilton firm, then through to the formation of Young and Associates where he managed the firm for 25 years.

Scott is a specialist in Trusts, Wills, Estates, Elder Law and Retirement Village Law,  and Relationship Property. If you have a “getting around to it” Will, a Family Trust that you really don’t understand, you have been appointed to deal with Mum’s estate or need to sort out the division of assets between you and your ex , Scott is the man to talk to.

Years of experience mean that whatever your particular problem is, he’s probably had a previous client with something similar.

Scott’s a straight shooter and talks in language that you can understand. He’s not keen on legal jargon and wants to make sure that you understand what is happening with your problem.

Scott plays the drums (badly), sings (not just in the shower) and has a keen interest in nearly all sports. He’s hoping to resurrect a rather sad skiing style in Queenstown and to break what has until now been the elusive 100 at golf.

If you need someone who will really listen to you and who will discuss the best options and then do what he has said he will, call Scott.

scott@queenstownlaw.co.nz or 03 9744627.

CHRIS CUMBERLAND – LLB, Dip Tchg, BEd, MS SOLICITOR

Chris joined us in 2019 after retraining in law at Otago University in 2013. This follows a varied working life as a freezing worker, truck driver, and of late a 25 year career in education as a teacher, and school principal and spending 15 years residing in California, USA including some interesting experiences as a prison teacher which helped to sharpen his negotiation skills.

Using his wealth of work and life experience Chris takes a totally client-centred approach to meeting client needs, and aims to foster long lasting relationships based upon mutual trust and respect.

Chris is, or perhaps was, a keen sportsman, though that is now limited to playing golf when he can, and he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young adult children.

Chris is starting off at Queenstown Law with conveyancing matters. His wealth of experience in education will also be beneficial, and his ability to negotiate and problem solve is already showing through. It will be of immense value to clients who may find themselves in acrimonious disputes courtesy of coronavirus!

chris@queenstownlaw.co.nz or 0212255622

KERRIE CHISHOLM – P.A./ADMINISTRATOR

Kerrie is the “glue” who keeps the firm running smoothly on a daily basis. Having joined Queenstown Law at its inception in 2014, Kerrie has been in charge of all the firm’s office and administrative matters since.

That ranges from her role as receptionist and telephonist, to handling all file opening, closing, deeds filing, database administration, ordering of supplies, as well as being a first class dictation typist. She also handles certain client legal files for matters such as company incorporation and other compliance matters.

Kerrie actually began her legal career in a Queenstown law office in 1988 before completing a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. She then continued her administrative role alongside her design career in Christchurch and Dunedin, and now again in Queenstown. There is no doubt that her experience running her own business adds value to the firm’s business clients due to her knowledge of compliance matters.

Kerrie is also a keen volunteer, having organised many school and kindy fundraisers. And where else would she rather be as a keen skier and mountain biker than in Queenstown.

admin@queenstownlaw.co.nz