Litigation, Societies and Charities Team

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Partner: Mark von Dadelszen
Legal Executive: Lesley Hames

Litigation, Societies and Charities Team

The following legal services are primarily provided by our Litigation, Societies and Charities Team:

Societies and Charitable Trusts

  • Formation and amendment of constitutions
  • Incorporation of societies and trusts
  • Registration of charities with the Charities Commission
  • Constitutional problems and disputes
  • Meeting procedure
  • Independent Chairmanship of meetings


  • Advice and representation in all fields including debt recovery, contractual disputes, societies and charities, negligence, defamation, insolvency, liquor licences, leases, nuisance, trespass, companies, partnerships, neighbours, and insurance
  • Advising and representing applicants, submitters and Councils on resource consent applications, subdivisions and development control, plans, enforcement, hearings and appeals, and as Commissioners for hearings
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediation, arbitration, negotiation

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Latest News

What should a Society’s Rules cover?

Some of what should be in a society’s rules is required by law, but those requirements are very basic, and inadequate to provide the framework for good governance and good relationships between a society and its members and between the members themselves…

Why Incorporate?

I have no doubt that for any society, other than the most basic, incorporation is highly desirable because of the clear practical benefits…

As common as dirt

This explains how important not-for-profit voluntary organisations are in the community, and discussing the importance of having a good set of rules.