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Areas of Specialisation

  • Trust litigation, and dispute resolution, including domestic and international trust disputes, acting for trustees, claimants and beneficiaries;

  • Acting for trustees and beneficiaries in applications seeking directions to vary trusts under the Trustee Act 1956/Trusts Act 2019 and issues about entitlement to trust information;

  • Estate litigation, including Family Protection Act 1955 and Law Reform (Testamentary) Promises Act claims, acting for executors, claimants and beneficiaries;

  • Complex probate matters and applications under Wills Act 2007 and Administration Act 1969;

  • Capacity issues, including claims under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988;

  • Relationship property litigation and dispute resolution where trusts or conflict of laws issues are involved;

  • Trust litigation in the Cook Islands, including under the Cook Islands International Trusts Act 1984;

  • Freezing orders, injunctions and other interim relief, involving trusts.



Vanessa Bruton QC
O’Connell Chambers
Level 5, Old South British Building
3-13 Shortland Street, Auckland
PO Box 105 270, Auckland 1143

+64 9 358 5755+ 64 21 887 587