Malloy Goodwin Harford Lawyers - Our Services

By: Malloy Goodwin Harford  05-Apr-2012

We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to both business and private clients. Our specialist areas include business and commercial, intellectual property, property, trust and asset management and wills and estates.

Our business and commercial lawyers provide comprehensive advice to our commercial clients.  Our business clients range from individuals and families to large companies trading internationally.  We regularly advise our business clients on:

  • buying and selling businesses, companies and other investment vehicles
  • financing and lending
  • structuring suitable business entities including companies, joint ventures, partnerships, trading trusts and franchises
  • distribution, agency and supply agreements and terms of trade
  • franchising (acting for both franchisors and franchisees) and licensing
  • commercial joint ventures and partnerships
  • shareholding arrangements and disputes
  • Commerce Act implications of restrictive trade practices and business acquisitions
  • advertising and marketing, including sales promotions
  • employment matters (including employment agreements, and the management of personal grievance, redundancy and dismissal issues, personal restraint of trade and confidential information matters)
  • commercial contracts of various kinds

Our business and commercial lawyers are often called upon to give advice on intellectual property issues for our clients.  Our lawyers have the benefit of significant New Zealand and international experience in intellectual property matters.  We provide advice in relation to commercial and contentious intellectual property issues including:

  • Commercialisation of intellectual property domestically and internationally, including sale and purchase, licensing, research and development, manufacturing and joint venture arrangements
  • Confidentiality and copyright protection arrangements, including strategies for protection of confidential information and business know-how (such as manufacturing processes) and copyright works (such as product designs)
  • Registered intellectual property protection, including trade mark and design filings, prosecution and portfolio management
  • Compliance advice for advertising, marketing and promotional activities, including Fair Trading Act, Advertising Standards Authority codes of practice and Major Events Management Act compliance
  • Pre-litigation intellectual property enforcement, including advice on enforcement options, letters before action and settlement arrangements
  • Assisting employers and employees in relation to intellectual property ownership disputes and breach of confidence claims

While we do not prepare and file patent applications or undertake intellectual property litigation, we maintain close relationships with a network of highly regarded specialists in these areas and regularly assist clients in the co-ordination, management and resolution of these matters. 


Our property lawyers have extensive experience acting for private and business clients in residential, commercial / industrial and rural property and in property development work.

Residential Property
We provide a comprehensive service to assist our clients buying and selling residential property. We do not provide cut-price conveyancing services. We have chosen to provide a high quality full service for our clients for their residential property needs including:

  • buying and selling
  • financing and refinancing
  • unit and cross lease title developments
  • tax effective ownership structures and property sharing agreements
  • asset protection and ownership structuring

Commercial / Industrial Property
We act in many commercial / industrial property transactions. Our work includes:

  • buying and selling
  • financing and refinancing
  • leasing - commercial, industrial and retail
  • investment structures including joint ventures
  • advice concerning taxation and GST implications in commercial property dealing

Rural Property
Our rural property services include:

  • buying and selling farms and horticultural blocks
  • financing and refinancing
  • ownership structures and property sharing agreements

Property Development
Our property development lawyers offer expert advice to developers, subdividers and builders of residential, commercial / industrial property, with regard to:

  • ownership structures
  • buying and selling land and buildings
  • subdivisional developments
  • multi-title developments
  • project financing
  • joint ventures

Our lawyers assist clients with:

  • family trusts
  • business (trading) trusts
  • special purpose trusts
  • charitable trusts
  • advice to trustees in relation to the management of trust assets, to issues related to trustees' obligations and beneficiaries' rights and entitlements to distributions and resettlements, and to a host of other matters
  • estate and retirement planning
  • advice on relationship (matrimonial/de facto) property
  • gifting programs
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney (including advice to Attorneys and Managers)

Our lawyers advise on the preparation of Wills and the administration of Estates. We work together with family members to facilitate administration, providing professional service and advice on:

  • estate planning and asset management
  • will preparation
  • administration of estates
  • powers of attorney
  • executorship advice

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