Castle/Brown Services

By: Castle/brown  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Employment, Law, Company Law

Castle/Brown offers proven expertise in the following areas:


The firm has acted for high profile, nationally recognised commercial property lenders as well as a number of private lender clients for more than a decade. Over that time securities have been provided for many hundreds of millions of dollars of advances by way of mortgage, securities over corporate entities and chattels as part of that process. As a result a high level of specialist expertise has been developed within Castle/Brown to provide comprehensive and effective securities and advice to clients regarding the process of lending and securing advances.

Services provided include advice and preparation of documentation for money lending and other transactions and securities documentation, including mortgages, assignments, guarantees and security agreements, advice on requirements of the Personal Property Securities Act, search of register, registration of finance statements and the enforcement of securities.

Property Law

Property law requires the application of a wide range of legal skills. By drawing on the depth of inhouse experience and where appropriate leveraging a network of multi-disciplinary skills Castle/Brown can provide practical legal advice to facilitate transactions while ensuring protection of client interests and the achievement of each party’s objectives.

Projects with which the firm is assisting include a large scale residential subdivision, marina and hotel resort development in Fiji, a new international 5-star boutique hotel, a number of large scale residential subdivisions in New Zealand, a large scale multi-unit housing development, several small to medium sized residential and commercial property developments and a proposed unique tourism and leisure development.

Commercial Law

The firm provides a full range of commercial law services to its clients including advice and agreements relating to joint ventures, partnerships and other structures, advice on business law issues involving Fair Trading Act, Consumer Guarantees Act, other statutes and the common law .

Company Law

Castle/Brown has helped many companies from start up to mature status and provides a full range of services to those companies including company formation, share issues and transfers, change of directors, drafting constitutions and shareholders’ agreements, advice on compliance issues, corporate governance, restructuring and complex company law issues.

Trust Law

Castle/Brown advises on all aspects of asset protection including the application and operation of trusts, the drafting and execution of trust documents for both family and business (trading) trusts, advice on and ongoing implementation of gifting programmes and the provision of independent trustee services.


Castle/Brown is experienced in advising employers and employees on all aspects of employment law, including employment agreements, personal grievances, holidays, termination of employment and occupational safety and health. Clients assisted in this area range from CEOs and senior executives of multi-national companies to waged employees.

Mergers and Acquisitions

The firm has considerable experience in the merger and acquisition field including advising clients both subject to and the subject of merger and acquisition activity, due diligence support and negotiation. The firm has acted for both local and international parties undertaking merger and acquisition activity in New Zealand. The firm’s multi-disciplinary network is often utilised in these circumstances for the benefit of clients.

Project Finance

Castle/Brown is experienced in advising and obtaining multi-million dollar project finance for clients including structuring and negotiating terms for finance to suit the client’s circumstances and preparing and overseeing completion of security documentation.

Commercial Property and Conveyancing

The firm acts for a number of commercial property owners, investors and tenants. As a result lawyers in Castle/Brown are familiar with all types of commercial property and conveyancing transactions including property acquisitions and sales, leases, assignments, renewals, variations, rent reviews and related matters.

Intellectual Property

Castle/Brown recognises that intellectual property is a key business asset in the 21st century and provides services for intellectual property licensing including negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, trademark and copyright protection, the protection of confidential information and Fair Trading Act and passing off infringements.


The firm offers a full civil litigation service to clients through to the utilisation of inhouse and external counsel to provide expert and seamless advice and support from District Court to Supreme Court proceedings.

Venture Capital and Commercialisation of Innovation

Experience in this area includes advice relating to joint ventures, partnerships and other structures as well as documentation and advice on structuring options. The firm is also accustomed to advising entrepreneurs in the startup phase.

Included in the projects Castle/Brown is assisting are enterprises engaged in:

  • A unique product resulting from a new method of treating medium density fibre (mdf) board.

  • A new internet based service.

  • A new SMS messaging service.

  • The development of a new investment market.

  • A new application for hydrogen technology.

  • A new mass transport solution.

  • Licensing and marketing a new demountable campervan/houseboat.

  • A new wind power solution.

  • A number of innovative property ventures.

Keywords: Company Law, Employment, Law