PwC Legal

Connect what matters. Anticipate what’s next.

The legal issues that businesses face today are increasingly complex

In today’s fast-moving world, it’s more important than ever to have a legal partner who understands all aspects of your business. A legal partner to help you move ahead effectively and decisively, to see today’s challenges through a wider business lens and then uncover tomorrow’s opportunities. 

We work with you to understand your commercial objectives, and apply the diversity of thought, skills and experience that comes with our integrated service offering. We can help you navigate the changing and complex business world and chart a future-ready path to success.

How we're different

While technical excellence is at the core of what we do, the global breadth of our business and market insight differentiates us from traditional law firms, allowing us to deliver clients an integrated service. 

From predicting the impact of regulatory and economic shifts on your business to understanding how to future-proof your strategy, we connect your challenges with the right expertise in PwC Legal and across the PwC network. We give you one key point of accountability across your engagement with PwC, providing seamless services between different PwC advisers.


Why work with PwC Legal?

For each problem your business faces, we can bring together the right mix of lawyers, consultants, commercial advisers and accountants to help you build a solution in the most efficient way possible. PwC Legal works closely with PwC New Zealand and other PwC Network firms across the globe. Together with PwC New Zealand, you have access to the largest professional services network in New Zealand, providing you with an integrated service offering second to none. 

As part of a multidisciplinary global network, we deliver integrated legal solutions that span strategy, consulting, people and organisational design, deal and transaction services, tax, data analytics, forensics and accounting. We have expertise that extends across industries and sectors including agribusiness, asset management, capital markets, construction, education, energy, entertainment and media, healthcare, infrastructure, real estate, technology.

"We have legal expertise across a broad range of practice areas, and we're the part of the largest legal services network by geography, with over 3,700 lawyers in over 90 countries."

Explore our related practice areas

Corporate and Commercial

Our Corporate and Commercial team bring a deep understanding of today’s legal issues, business opportunities and risks to deliver commercially focused strategic legal advice. We work closely with other market leading professionals at PwC, including experts from tax, valuations, deals, transaction services, private business and executive reward services to provide you with access to an end-to-end solution.

Our Corporate and Commercial services

Our Corporate and Commercial team works with major international corporations and financial institutions, family-owned enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, high-net-worth individuals and public and private companies. Some of our work includes:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • inbound investments and private equity
  • Overseas Investment Office approvals
  • joint venture arrangements
  • capital raising
  • corporate restructures (domestic and international)
  • financial services and investment funds
  • employee share schemes
  • commercial contracting
  • Board advisory, entity governance and compliance
  • general corporate and commercial advice
  • company secretarial services
  • outsourced legal counsel services.

Real Estate

Key contacts: Matt Keenan and Jonathan Simons

Our Real Estate team guides clients through the process of negotiating and preparing complex agreements that deliver against commercial objectives for property and real estate projects. We deliver efficient, strategic and innovative solutions to our clients, drawing on the broad spectrum of knowledge and skills available across the PwC network. We work closely with other market leading professionals at PwC, including experts from tax, real estate advisory, immigration, infrastructure, treasury, GST and accounting to provide you with access to an end-to-end solution.

Our Real Estate services

Our Real Estate clients include investors, landlords, tenants, fund managers and institutions, developers, charities and central and local government, with services covering the whole range of asset classes (including commercial, industrial, retail and residential). Some of our work includes:

  • structuring and investment
  • acquisitions and disposals
  • leasing
  • real estate due diligence
  • development agreements and arrangements
  • construction contracts
  • subdivision
  • funding and security reviews

Tax Advisory

Key contacts: Helen Johnson and Emma Richards

Our Tax Advisory team brings effective tax solutions that are strategic, commercially focused and integrated with your business. The Tax Advisory team works closely with other market leading professionals at PwC to provide you with an end-to-end solution. This includes experts from tax, mergers, acquisitions and valuations, deals, transaction service, private business, real estate, urbanisation and infrastructure, executive reward services, financial reporting, forensics and business restructuring.

Our Tax Advisory services

We work with New Zealand-based and multinational companies, family-owned enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, public authorities and high-net-worth individuals. Some of our work includes:

  • tax disputes
  • tax advisory services
  • tax rulings
  • business contracts.

Employment and Workplace Relations

Key contact: Chris Baldock

Our Employment Law team provides pragmatic and highly commercial legal advice across the full spectrum of employment law and workplace safety issues, to help you harness and protect the most important asset in your business - your people. 

Our employment lawyers work closely with PwC’s Employment Advisory service; a multidisciplinary team focused on helping you realise and discover the potential of your people. Through an integrated people consulting and solutions service, we offer a wealth of experience advising some of New Zealand’s most prominent employers., Our lawyers are able to deliver specialist employment advice that is integrated with PwC’s other services. 

Our practice areas and clients

We work with local and multinational businesses, including listed and privately-owned enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, and public bodies across a broad range of industries and sectors. Our services cover the full spectrum of workplace legal issues. 


Key contact: Polly Ralph

Our  privacy law team advises clients through the full spectrum of privacy issues. We deliver strategic and commercially-minded privacy solutions for our clients, to help them manage risk effectively, build privacy trust and unlock data opportunities.

We work closely with our market leading cyber and privacy team at PwC,  advising on cyber security, risk assurance and forensics to create better experiences for clients and provide you with an end-to-end solution.

Our Privacy Law services

We work with local and multinational businesses, including listed and privately-owned enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, and public bodies across a broad range of industries and sectors. Some of our work includes:

  • Privacy breach readiness, response and remediation

  • Data sharing and vendor contracts

  • Review of new technologies and systems  

  • Off-shoring of personal information

  • Drafting privacy policies, processes and guidelines

  • Privacy maturity assessments

  • Privacy impact assessments

  • Privacy strategy and operating model design

Contact us

Helen Johnson

Partner, Tax Advisory, Auckland, PwC Legal

+64 27 501 9007


Matt Keenan

Partner, Corporate and Commercial, Auckland, PwC Legal

+64 21 834 216


Claire Evans

Partner, Corporate and Financial Services, Canterbury, PwC Legal

+64 21 288 2298


Tom Logan

Partner, Corporate and Commercial, Auckland, PwC Legal

+64 27 531 9282


Emma Richards

Special Counsel, Tax, Wellington, PwC Legal

+64 21 629 529


Chris Baldock

Partner, Employment Law, Auckland, PwC Legal

+64 21 474 321


Joelle Grace

Partner, Corporate and Commercial, Canterbury, PwC Legal

+64 210 396 521


Elena Kim

Director, Corporate and Commercial, Auckland, PwC Legal

+64 21 236 0604


Polly Ralph

Director, Privacy Law Lead, Wellington, PwC Legal

+64 27 3742031


Jonathan Simons

Director, Real Estate, Auckland, PwC Legal

+64 21 898 936


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