Graeme Elvin

LLB, University of Otago Partner 021 939 967 Email Graeme Elvin

Graeme has accumulated a wealth of experience over many years involvement in assisting clients with their legal and business needs. Graeme’s approach to his work is to seek to understand his client first, and then to seek to address the problem. He is unafraid to tackle the hard and complex issues and is known for finding, facilitating and implementing workable solutions. Business today demands meaningful, high level strategic planning and Graeme has a rare skill and excellent reputation in this area. He has a special interest in crisis management, creative problem-solving and organisational restructures.

Wills and Trust management are particular areas of expertise, with a focus on business and family structuring, intergenerational asset management and governance advice. 

Graeme has had significant governance experience over a range of entities including being Director and Chairman of the Chiefs Limited (Chiefs Super 15 Rugby franchise), Director of Bay Leisure & Events Limited (now Bay Venues) and Director of Northern Districts Cricket.  He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and is currently on the board of WBPHO and a number of charitable organisations.

“Some people think I’m a farmer, not a lawyer. I say it like it is and my clients value that. We enter the equation as equals – they bring expertise, I bring expertise and together we work it out. Most of our clients come to us because they have no idea what to do. They need us to show them the options and help them reach a decision. And that’s exactly what we do.”


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