Queen City Law

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We are located at Queen City Law House, 19 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD

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Queen City Law is a firm specialising in commercial, property, construction, immigration, litigation, and employment law.

We have a commitment to a client focused, value added service by working in partnership with our clients. A business partnership with Queen City Law offers specialist legal advice, supported by our co-operation, accessibility, quality and turnaround.


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A Professional Team

Our practitioners have significant experience and are considered to be New Zealand leaders in their respective fields.

The firm has lawyers fluent in Mandarin,  Cantonese, Indonesian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, and Tagalog and are well established and valuable networks in all such communities.

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Earthquake prone buildings, seismic risk reports and $15M claims

Nine years since the catastrophic earthquakes in Christchurch, the word “Earthquake Prone Building” seems to have been long forgotten…

NO ACCESS CLAUSE: What is a fair proportion?

New Zealand is nearly into its third week of the Alert Level 4 lockdown.  We hope that you are well and that you also enjoyed the Easter break. Building on our most recent update for commercial leases and COVID-19, you have likely now determined whether your lease...

COVID-19 – Landlords and Tenants of Commercial Leases

The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly generate a number of unprecedented issues for both commercial landlords and tenants alike, particularly in consideration of the Level 4 State of Emergency lockdown. There is no general rule or stock-standard...

Chelsea Bay Residences

Chelsea Bay Residences​Queen City Law is proud to have provided all legal services to the developer, Maxiom, on this recently completed apartment development in Birkenhead, Northshore , Auckland.Chelsea Bay Residences enjoy stunning views of downtown Auckland. It...

Assignment of claims

A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed QCL’s continual advice to our clients that once you sell your property which was subject to a claim, you have crystallised your loss as being the change in value, not the cost of repair. The parties in Xu v IAG learnt...

What information should you request from your builder?

In the latest issue of Builders & Contractors magazine, QCL Associate Tina Hwang discusses 'What information should you request from your builder?' You can read the PDF of the article here.  

Earthquake Prone Buildings (Update)

Further to our prior blog on “Earthquake Prone Buildings” in 2014, the government have now passed legislation giving force to the proposals. The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 came into force on Saturday, 1 July 2017. Territorial Authorities...


Thought you were all over the recent tax changes arising from the introduction of the bright line tax (aka capital gains tax)? Then consider this: Debbie is an English citizen but has permanent residence in New Zealand. She has just completed a science degree (IT)....

How to Buy a House in New Zealand – essential tips for first home buyers

Are you a first home buyer? Have you just moved to New Zealand? Do you know what a ‘conditional’ agreement is or an ‘unconditional’ agreement is? Do you know what the difference is between buying a house at auction or by negotiation? In an ideal world, you would seek...

Trees and Neighbours

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity...and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself." -...