Patrick Learmonth people


I have a well-founded experience in a wide range of commercial and trust matters.  I bring that experience to bear in advising and assisting clients on all aspects of commercial and trust questions that they face.  My clients range from private, to national and multi-national and I am able to offer all clients peace of mind and security in their legal matters.  I aim to offer pragmatic and effective solutions to all my clients, and my broad knowledge enables me to grasp commercial and personal ramifications in all aspects of those solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Shareholder disputes and settlements
  • Mergers and acquisitions – company share and business asset acquisitions and disposals
  • Corporate structures and governance
  • Shareholder agreements, corporate structures, asset and share acquisitions and sales, terms of trade and trading agreements
  • Trusts – advising trustees on duties and compliance with Trust deeds and trust law
  • Structuring, managing and operating trusts for trading, investment and planning
  • Intellectual property development, protection and promotion of brands, copyright, protection of knowledge and confidential information, licensing
  • Consumer/Commercial business law including Fair Trading Act, Commerce Act, Privacy Act, Consumer Guarantees Act
  • Franchise dispute resolution, retail and distribution and FANZ code compliance
  • E-commerce including software and website development and licensing, website development, and on-line trading
  • Advertising reviews and compliance, product promotions and competitions

Professional Associations:

  • New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee (Complaints)
  • Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ) (Member, convener of the complaints committee, scrutineer)
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Auckland District Law Society
  • Estate & Tax Planning Council of New Zealand