Commercial Law

The Hub - Whakatane
Lease Agreements

Are you about to buy a business and want advice on the due diligence process, the Agreement for Sale and Purchase, an appropriate ownership structure, the guarantee that the bank and the landlord are asking for and the matters that need to be agreed upon with your business partner from the outset? 

We can provide you with sound and practical advice on these matters and many other Business and Commercial Law matters.  Over the years we have established excellent working relationships with local bank managers and accountants and other advisors and we work closely with them to ensure that clients receive the best possible advice. 

We advise on:

  • Business Sale and Purchase Agreements
  • Setting up companies and advising on company constitutions and shareholders structures
  • Shareholder and Partnership agreements
  • Partnerships
  • Joint Ventures
  • Trading Trusts
  • Financing arrangements, loans and guarantees
  • Compliance with commercial legislation and regulations
  • GST issues
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Contracts for the sale and purchase of goods or services
  • Corporate governance, directors duties, conflicts of interest and board policies
  • Disputes between business partners
  • Disputes between customers or suppliers
  • Restructuring
  • Winding up a business
  • Company amalgamations, joint ventures, insolvency, receiverships and liquidations

Brian Carter


Brian joined the team at Hamertons in 1987 after completing his Law degree at Otago University.

Brian supervises a team of six legal staff and is also responsible for trust account administration as the firms “Trust Account Partner”.

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Jude Wilson


Jude Wilson initially joined Hamertons in February 2004 as a Law Clerk after having been a primary school teacher.  Jude undertook study by correspondence to qualify as a Legal Executive and completed her studies in October 2006. In 2008 Jude began a Law degree through the University of Waikato, which she completed in June 2011.  She was admitted to the bar in March 2012.  Following her admission to the Bar she moved into a Staff Solicitor role and was made a Director on 1 April 2016.

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Katie Sutherland


Katie graduated from Waikato University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree and was admitted to the Bar at the Tauranga High Court in July 2013.

Katie commenced her legal career with Hamertons in May 2013 and following her O.E to the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Europe during 2015, Katie returned to Hamertons in 2016.

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Kyla Johansen


Kyla Johansen graduated from the University of Waikato in 2014 and following her admission to the bar in 2015 joined Hamertons as a staff solicitor, therefore fulfilling her desire to return to her home town of Whakatane after an absence of over 20 years.

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