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K3LEGAL

Our People.

The K3 Legal team is comprised of multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary lawyers, all experts in their respective areas.

We represent clients at all levels, and we have the right people to guide our clients from beginning to resolution, whatever the requirement.

Our team of Chinese lawyers speak fluent Mandarin and English, and are seamlessly integrated into New Zealand society and law.

Edwin Morrison

Edwin deals with complex commercial transactions for both private and public clients, capital market transactions including takeovers, shareholder disputes, property law, resource management and civil litigation. Edwin has provided advice to the full client spectrum, from large globally listed companies to small and medium sized businesses. Earlier in his career, Edwin worked for both a top CBD firm, Kensington Swan, and for Burton & Co, a boutique firm specialising in commercial property.

James Nolen

James joined the K3 Legal team in September 2016 and comes from a specialist corporate and commercial law firm, where he spent three of his seven years as a partner. Prior to that, James worked for one of New Zealand’s large firms as a specialist litigator. Over his eighteen years’ legal experience, he has handled a wide range of complex commercial litigation and insolvency matters. James is described in The Legal 500 as “hard working and maintains strong client relationships” and is “recommended”. Chambers & Partners lists James as a ‘Ranked Lawyer’ for Restructuring & Insolvency and describes him as “widely regarded by market sources as an up-and-coming individual in the insolvency sphere”. Asia Law Profiles said “Rising star” James Nolen is quickly making an impression with his handling of a wide range of commercial litigation and insolvency matters. James provides technically excellent advice that is practical and commercial. With degrees in law and management studies, majoring in accounting, James quickly grasps the financial aspects of commercial disputes. He acts for receivers, liquidators and commercial creditors on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency and enforcement issues. His broader commercial litigation experience has encompassed shareholders disputes, urgent injunctive relief, breach of director duties, construction matters, and intellectual property disputes. James appears regularly in the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. James is a member of INSOL New Zealand, New Zealand Credit & Finance Institute (NZCFI) and a number of other professional bodies.

Margaret Chen 陳燭

Margaret practices in the areas of family law and civil litigation and appears regularly in the Family Court, District Court and High Court. Margaret’s family law practice includes dissolution of marriage, relationship property, trusts and estate, pre-nuptial agreements, child issues (including paternity, guardianship and custody) and domestic violence. Margaret’s civil practice includes a wide range of instructions, ranging from private individuals to commercial disputes as well as judicial reviews against government organisations. Margaret has taught Law of Business Obligations at Unitec and currently lectures Company Law at the University of Auckland. Margaret was born in Beijing, China and reads and speaks fluent Mandarin. Additionally, she is the Secretary for the New Zealand Chinese Outdoor Society that arranges fortnightly trekking activities and the Vice-President of Malus Tree Incorporate (a Chinese stage-performance association) and a member of numerous other professional bodies. Margaret has given a number of presentations both locally and internationally.

Helen Edwards

Helen works in the firm’s commercial and property team. Her areas of expertise include corporate partnership and affinity contracts (including in the financial services industry), private equity investing and capital raising, IT implementation and services agreements, financial structuring and share and business acquisitions and dispositions as well as general commercial and company work. Helen oversees most of the transactional lending work for Zagga, New Zealand’s first peer-to-peer lender specialising in secured lending. Helen has 14 years of post qualification experience, five of which were gained in London. She has worked with K3 Legal since her return to New Zealand in 2013. Recently, Helen has lectured, on a part-time basis, in Commercial Law and Business Entities at Unitec.

Toni Brown

Toni is an expert in Family and Trust Law with over 20 years of experience.

Appearing numerous times in both the Family and High Courts, Toni has worked on a number of complex, high profile cases involving family law litigation.

Three notable cases which she is particularly proud of include:

  • Acting as counsel for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society in the Lecretia Seales case.
  • Acting as the lawyer for a dying child to determine who had the rights to make decisions about the child’s body.
  • A Bill of Rights case relating to children under the age of 10 who wanted to practise their Jehovah’s Witness religion despite conflict between their parents.

Toni is also heavily involved in Relationship property cases, often involving trusts and companies.

Prior to becoming a Director at K3 Legal, Toni successfully ran her own firm based in Tauranga, gaining a strong reputation among the legal profession.

Jeff Walters

Jeff is a specialist in commercial property and construction law and brings more than 17

years of experience acting for some of New Zealand’s largest organisations.

He advises on all property matters, including property management, property acquisition, property disposal, hotel leasing, management and brand franchising, commercial, retail and industrial leasing, development, construction, and mortgagee sales.

Jeff has advised organisations such as IHG Limited, the Hind Group, the owner of the Travelodge Hotel Wellington, Hewlett Packard, Turners & Growers Limited, Fletcher Group, the Butterworth Group, Spark New Zealand, Waikato District Health Board and Mighty River Power.

Regarded as an industry leader Jeff has presented seminars on topics such as the Residential Development in Auckland, the Building Act 2004, the Property Law Act 2007, the NEC form of Construction Contract and ‘Limited Liability Partnerships and Property Development’.

Jeff has also been published in the NZ Herald and NBR with respect to Earthquakes and Leasing, Affordable Housing and Urban Development Authorities.

Peter Sargent

Following graduation from the University of Auckland in 1983, Peter worked in the construction and engineering department of a top London law firm. On returning to Auckland, Peter spent seven years in the banking department of a leading national law firm, before becoming a partner at a large Auckland firm, where he headed its commercial, banking and construction groups. Peter then spent a further seven years as a partner in a three partner Auckland commercial law firm. Peter specialises in commercial, property, banking and construction law. He has extensive experience advising clients in these areas. Peter has two adult sons, enjoys playing golf and following a number of other sports.

Julie Ding 丁嘉昱

Highly regarded for the clarity and sense she brings to a case, and for her understanding of a courtroom, Julie is an important member of K3’s advocacy team.  Julie plays a strong role in complex litigation in the senior courts, especially cases involving fraud, complex recoveries and other scenarios involving invasive remedies.  Many of her cases involve international cross border issues. Julie has undertaken a large amount of trial and hearing work in the lower courts as lead and has appeared as counsel on several High Court jury trials.  Consistent with K3’s ethos that advocates should make their skills a specialty, rather than specialise in the subject matter, the cases that Julie handles cover a range of civil, criminal and family work. Julie is often instructed by other practitioners to handle cases and is often in demand from the criminal bar on important cases. Julie was a member of the Auckland District Law Society criminal law committee, is certified as a category 4 criminal legal aid provider and speaks fluent Mandarin.

Chris Lee

Chris is a trusted adviser for a range of exciting NZ and international clients, helping them to grow their businesses faster by securing strategic partnerships through strong commercial agreements; protecting and enhancing IP; navigating shareholder and director issues and assisting with regulatory compliance.

Chris’ practice is focused on:

  • mergers & acquisitions, including due diligence and cross-border joint ventures;
  • commercial agreements, including: manufacturing; supply and procurement; confidentiality, distribution; agency; terms and conditions;
  • regulatory compliance; and
  • all aspects of governance and corporate compliance.

Chris is individually recommended in The Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020.

Kerry Puddle

Kerry is a commercial litigator, and has appeared in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Kerry graduated from the University of Otago with an LLB(Hons) and placed in the top two of his year. Before joining K3 Legal in February 2017 Kerry worked at two boutique Auckland law firms with a strong commercial focus. He gained additional valuable experience working as a Judges’ Clerk at the Auckland High Court for two years. Kerry has a special interest in property litigation, but also has extensive experience in complex contract, tort and insolvency disputes and personal property securities claims.

Julia Leenoh

Julia specialises in providing advice and support on commercial and civil litigation matters across a wide range of areas; such as, contractual disputes, tort, insolvency, employment law, and corporate disputes.

Julia holds a Master of Law degree from Duke University (North Carolina, USA) as well as a Bachelor of Law Honours degree from the University of Auckland, where she also completed a commerce degree, majoring in finance. She was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in April 2014 and was subsequently admitted to the New York (USA) Bar in August 2016.

Having practised in general practice firms across Auckland she has acted for clients on a wide range of litigation matters including property, commercial property, construction, estates, trusts, relationship property, commercial contractual, corporate transactions, Financial Service Providers and Financial Markets Authority matters, immigration and employment matters.

Her aim is to provide clients with practical and commercially viable solutions to their disputes.

Susan Zhu朱旭东

Susan specialises in the areas of commercial, business, company, property, trust, family and litigation and is also an elected member and Deputy Chairperson of the Whau Local Board, Auckland Council since 2013. Susan has a unique background in relationship development across a diverse range of sectors. A community and business relations expert, she helps promote the growing influence of diverse communities and international trade in NZ. She is well regarded and trusted as a problem solver and strategic advisor. Susan is a highly effective communicator in both Mandarin and English, and has established a positive public profile in Auckland through her professional and political engagements over the last decade.

Patrick Shanahan-Pinker

Patrick graduated with a LLB from Auckland University of Technology and primarily works in civil litigation and has gained a broad range of knowledge in the areas of commercial, property and construction law. During his studies, Patrick was a law clerk at Auckland Council, in the property and commercial law team. Prior to this, Patrick gained extensive experience in the area of property and land development, working as a survey technician at some of Auckland’s leading land surveying firms.

Cameron Fraser

Cameron is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients in a wide array of disputes, with particular knowledge in employment law.

He has appeared in a number of different courts and tribunals, including the High Court, District Court, Employment Court, and Employment Relations Authority, but also has extensive experience in securing pragmatic and cost-effective resolutions both in mediations and in direct negotiations.

After graduating from the University of Auckland in 2012, Cameron developed his advocacy skills in a barristers’ chambers in central Auckland, during which time he assisted on a number of high-profile cases, including being a part of the defence team in a six-week  murder trial which resulted in an acquittal.

Since returning in 2018 from a period of working in Japan, Cameron worked in a leading regional law firm on a large number of employment disputes and represented a broad range of clients including employers ranging from small businesses to large corporates.

Yuka Asari

Yuka brings extensive firsthand commercial experience to her role, with a long history in the corporate world, based in Japan.

For a decade, she held various CEO/CCO/CJO roles for several dynamic export/distribution companies which she personally established, to export food products between Europe, Japan, and other Asian countries.

After 10 years she opted for a sea change and enrolled in post-graduate legal studies in Sydney, Australia.

Since 2018, she has been admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW, and as a barrister and solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand, now practising in New Zealand.

Yuka has fostered strong relationships with the local Japanese expatriate community in Auckland, including with a number of senior executives of locally-based Japanese companies.

She is currently a member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Auckland, a body formed to cultivate and foster business relations between the Japanese business community in New Zealand.

Yuka is also registered as a Solicitor by the High Court of Australia.

Angela Li 李曉丹

Angela has LLB and Bcom degrees from Auckland University. She recently joined the K3 Legal team and practices in the area of family law. Before joining the K3 Legal team, Angela practised in the areas of property and commercial transactions. She was born in Harbin, China and came to New Zealand when she was 11 years old. Angela is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Harriet Krebs

Harriet graduated from Otago University with LLB and BSc. During her studies, Harriet interned in a Chambers in Hong Kong and was part of several high profile New Zealand criminal cases, including research on the Teina Pora case.

Interested in civil, commercial and criminal litigation and family law.

Lu Yao 姚璐

Lu practices in the areas of residential and commercial conveyancing, property financing and subdivisions. She has both a BA and MA from the University of Canterbury with a major in Child and Family Psychology. Lu was born in Datong, China and she immigrated to New Zealand during the earlier years of her life. She speaks fluent English and Mandarin, and conversational Cantonese. Being born in mainland China, and having her secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand, Lu is able to apply her bi-cultural experiences and language proficiency as tools to help clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Douglas Yu

Doug joined K3 Legal in 2020. He primarily deals with civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Doug has been involved with high profile trials in the High Court of and Court of Appeal. He speaks fluent English and Cantonese, and conversational Mandarin.

Kanisya Sutharsan

Kanisya brings extensive experience in the management of accounts and businesses to the role of Practice Manager for K3. She has spent her entire career in accounting, working in a variety of industries. She has a NZ Diploma in Business from AUT.

Jared Wooff

Jared has an extensive background in strategic marketing, having helped launch and grow brands for some of New Zealand’s most well-known companies. He has market-leading experience in creating digital strategies that work, as well as across the full range of traditional channels. After working across a range of industry sectors, Jared has a strong track record of connecting businesses with their customers and improving customer experiences.

Tomomi Stephenson

Lydia Ding

Jane Jung