Commercial & Business

The modern professional environment is constantly transforming and keeping up with the latest legislation and regulations can be a challenge for business owners.

BGM’s commercial law specialists partner with businesses over the long-term. We develop an in-depth understanding of what makes your business unique and then offer tailored, innovative solutions to suit your needs.

Our clients range from sole-operators to large companies. Whether you’re just starting out and need to create a solid foundation for your business, or you’re facing challenges with compliance or stakeholders, we can help.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Formation of companies and partnerships
  • Business structuring
  • Governance and compliance issues
  • Consumer legislation
  • Insurance law
  • Shareholder and stakeholder issues

If you’d like to talk, contact one of our business experts.

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Rural & Residential Property

Efficient and comprehensive legal advice is essential in any property transaction. Whether you are buying or selling your first home or business, subdividing, or dealing with earthquake and insurance issues, our property team can help.

We’re up-to-date with all the latest legal issues and changes within the property sector and regularly advise individuals, families, farmers, businesses and developers.

Our North Canterbury based team have a long history as part of the area’s property scene and offer unique local insight, backed by expert knowledge.

If you’d like to talk, contact one of our property experts.

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Health & Safety

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, seeking sound legal advice around workplace matters will help you to minimise risk and reach a resolution more quickly, should an issue arise.

Our team works closely with a variety of businesses, big and small, to establish robust processes, procedures and contracts. We can also assist you to navigate and comply with the latest health and safety regulations relevant to your industry.

BGM Lawyers are skilled in supporting negotiated settlements, mediations and, when necessary, Employment Relations Authority hearings. We focus on achieving timely resolutions that result in the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Our team can also provide specialist advice on pre-employment issues, disciplinary procedures, redundancy and personal grievances.

If you’d like to talk, contact one of our employment experts.

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Family law is complex and often emotionally-charged. It involves everything we value most in our lives: our relationships, family, home, possessions and welfare.

BGM Lawyers are family law specialists. Our knowledgeable and sensitive team can help you navigate situations including negotiated settlements, mediation, care arrangements, and domestic protection orders.

We focus on resolution as a first course of action wherever possible and can also support you through Court intervention. We are accredited Legal Aid Providers through the Ministry of Justice.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Care of Children
  • Contracting Out Agreements
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Domestic violence
  • Division of Relationship Property
  • Paternity

If you’d like to talk about your situation, contact one of our family law experts.

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Litigation & Dispute

If you’re facing a challenge or find yourself on the wrong side of the law, we’re here for you. Our team offer specialised support with commercial, employment and family-related disputes, as well as criminal and sports-law cases. Our goal is always the same: to achieve the best-possible outcome for you, your family or business.

We focus on resolution as a first course of action where possible and successfully use negotiation and mediation to achieve positive results in many situations. Where required, we provide robust representation in Court. Our lawyers have a strong track-record and regularly appear in various tribunals, including the District Court, Family Court, High Courts and Court of Appeal.

BGM Lawyers are accredited Legal Aid Providers through the Ministry of Justice.

If you’d like to talk, contact one of our litigation and disputes experts.

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Wills, Trusts & Estates

Planning for the future is an important part of taking care of ourselves and our families. BGM Lawyers can support you to future-proof your assets.

Our team have many years of experience in drafting Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, forming trusts and administering estates. We will advise you of all your options and guide you through the legalities involved in setting up the best protection for you and your family.

Planning carefully now will simplify matters after you’re gone and ensure your beneficiaries receive what you intended, without complications or unexpected costs.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Preparing and revising Wills
  • Preparing Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Trust formation and management
  • Obtaining probate/estate administration
  • Assistance obtaining Residential Care Subsidies

If you’d like to talk, contact one of our future-proofing experts.

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