We are an incorporated law firm of tax and AML specialists, dedicated to helping clients with tax, trust and AML issues. We can assist with advice, transactional and contentious matters. We are a group of lawyers with over 50 years’ combined experience in New Zealand and English law.
We work in conjunction with other leading New Zealand lawyers, and we have long-established networks with leading lawyers around the globe.
Get in touch with us to see how we can assist you.
Use the form below to contact us regarding your legal enquiry. Please be as detailed as possible. Include your industry along with any specific document requests. To help us best service your enquiry, we recommend that you first describe the issue you’re having before telling us what you want to achieve. You may also email or call us to make an appointment.
We are recognised experts in all New Zealand income tax and GST matters. Neil Russ has over 30 years’ experience in England at Clifford Chance and in New Zealand at Buddle Findlay, where he was head of that firm’s tax group for 20 years. Neil has been a member of the NZ Law Society’s Tax Law Committee since 2003, and the Convenor of that Committee since 2013. Alexandra Tunnicliffe has experience at KPMG, Inland Revenue and Buddle Findlay in transactional and contentious tax matters.
AUDITS, VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURES, TAX DISPUTES AND LITIGATION
Demystifying tax law, and keeping a tax issue from becoming a contentious problem if possible, requires finesse, strategic thinking, and a thorough knowledge of tax law, the revenue authorities, and the options available to you, the taxpayer or adviser. That’s why we advocate and can assist with proactive risk management (including binding rulings, taxpayer initiated NOPAs, and voluntary disclosures) as well as negotiation and principled settlement steps if possible, before the cost and uncertainty of litigation.
We are market leaders in AML/CFT legislation, policy and advice. We are frequently preparing and presenting at conferences and webinars on AML/CFT issues. We have advised and continue to advise and work with both Phase 1 entities (banks and financial institutions) as well as Phase 2 entities (law firms, accounting practices, real estate agents and high-value dealers) on their AML/CFT obligations, including risk assessments, compliance programmes, suspicious activity reports and Ministerial Exemptions. Subject to conflicts and statutory limitations, we are also able to offer AML/CFT independent audits, as required by sections 59 and 59A of the AML/CFT Act.
We advise on and are recognised experts in trust matters. Charlotte Beale has over 10 years’ tax and trust experience at TGT Legal and Buddle Findlay, and is a member of the NZ Law Society’s Property Law Section.