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Jackson Russell

Based in Auckland, Jackson Russell has been helping expat clients with legal matters for over 170 years. 

Their wealth of legal expertise and specialised knowledge will prove invaluable, helping to smoothly navigate through the complex New Zealand legal processes.

Jackson Russell assists expats in:

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Employment contracts
  • Migration and other legal arrangements
E-Team Member Contact:
Israel Vaealiki
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Legal for Expats in Auckland

The New Zealand legal system is based on English law. As a former British colony, it recognises the Queen as its head of state – represented by the Governor-General.

It is advisable that you familiarise yourself with the basic laws in New Zealand, particularly those around your employment and property.

Key legal tips you should know as an expat in Auckland

  • New Zealand’s employment law provides certain “non-negotiable” rights as an employee. For example, your employer must provide you with:
    • a written employment agreement before you start working for them,
    • a minimum wage, and
    • four weeks’ holiday leave after 12 months of employment.
  • If you are considering buying real estate in Auckland, you should seek legal advice before you sign a contract to buy.
  • It may be time consuming and costly to validate a Will prepared in another country. It is advisable that expats moving to Auckland prepare a Will while living in New Zealand.

Legal for expats establishing a business in Auckland

  • Seek legal advice when establishing your business to ensure it is set-up with an appropriate legal structure (as a company, trust, partnership or sole trader).
  • Your employment contracts will need to include all the terms and conditions that New Zealand employees are entitled to, including minimum wages and holidays.
  • If you are moving key employees to Auckland with your business, be sure to seek legal advice to ensure your employees are correctly remunerated according to New Zealand employment laws.



Download the Legal Auckland Chapter

The Legal Auckland Chapter written by Israel Vaealiki, Jackson Russell provides further detailed information about issues you need to be aware of in regards to Legal matters in Auckland.


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