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Terms of Engagement

The Law Society rules require a law firm to provide our Terms of Engagement and other information to clients about the business relationship with clients.

Please download our Terms of Engagement and Information for Clients document.

Note: this document is updated from time to time and the current version will be on this website.

Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing Terrorism Act 2009 ('AML/CFT Act')

Law firms and other professionals must assess the risk of money laundering. To make that assessment we are required to obtain and verify information from prospective and existing clients about a range of things. Referred to as Customer Due Diligence ('CDD').

CDD requires us to undertake certain background checks before providing services.   In particular, we are required to take reasonable steps to make sure the information we receive from clients is correct.  To do this, we will need to obtain and verify certain information from you including;

Your full name;  AND  your date of birth;   AND   your address

Your New Zealand drivers licence or passport will be sufficient to prove your name and date of birth.  A recent bank statement or utility bill will be sufficient to prove your address.

If you are seeing us about a matter relating to a company or trust, we will require additional information.   For company matters, we will need to conduct CDD on the directors and shareholders.   For trust matters, we will need to conduct CDD on the trustees and beneficiaries.   Information confirming the source of funds for a transaction may also be necessary to meet the legal requirements.

If we are not able to obtain the required information for you, it is likely we will not be able to act for you.

Please contact the person undertaking your work, if you have any queries or concerns. 

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