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Bell Gully

Mathew McKay leads tax practice at firm. It is comprised of 13 practitioners. It involves in various tax services such as corporate transactions, private client, indirect tax and customs matters. Its transactional client based includes Emirates Team New Zealand, the Todd Corporation, Platinum Equity, ANZ Bank and Cigna In additions, the team has a strong relationship with New Zealand Revenue Department in order to provide a better disputes and litigation practice.  

The team is helping Fletcher Building Limited on transaction issues related to the negotiation of the tax aspects of the sale and purchase arrangements. 

Jarrod Walker left the firm in 2018.  A number of new solicitor joined the firm, including previous New Zealand high court and supreme court clerks. 

Client feedback 

“Extremely competent at all levels.” 

“Bell Gully's work is of an incredibly high quality. Highly responsive, and understands and respects a client's concerns.” 

“Bell Gully did a great job. Advise was excellent and great communication throughout the process.” 

“High quality of work good value for money highly competent staff with clear experience in the field could improve level of communication where turnaround is lengthy (e.g. more regular update on status)” 

Buddle Findlay

Tony Wilkinson is the key tax professional at firm. Wilkinson specialises in corporate restructuring and acquisitions, tax disputes, inbound and outbound investments and customs and excise duty issues. The firm has a strong capability in transactional tax and dispute tax area. It works closely with banks and local and overseas corporations.  

The team assisted Z Energy with a general corporate tax issue. It advised the client on consequences of the new Auckland Regional Fuel Tax regime. In addition, it also advised The Growth Fund on a series of related transactional issues. 

Senior associate Brett Rawlings and Jo Giboney left the firm in 2018. In addition, Partner Neil Russ also left the firm in 2019. 


The team is comprised of 205 professionals. Its practice cover disputes and rulings, general corporate tax and transactional tax. The team is also engaging the tax policy process. It works closely with the Inland Revenue, treasury, government officials and members of parliament in the development of tax policy. 

Campbell Rose and Virag Singh helped ASX listed purchaser on a transactional tax issue. It undertook the local tax due diligence for the client on the target company. In addition, it also provided assistance with the tax review of the Sale and Purchase Agreement and W&I Policy. 

Chapple Mark and Lucy Scanlon joined the firm as an associate director in 2018. 

Client feedback 

“Technically sound and customer focussed”  

“Efficient and Detailed tax memo and follow up of actions” 

DLA Piper

David Johnston leads tax practice at firm. David has more than 18 years of experience in transactions and disputes service both in New Zealand and the UK. 

In 2018, David advised insurers in connection with insurance claims for negligent tax advisers. He also helped a client on the New Zealand tax aspects of its lending arrangements to one of New Zealand’s largest companies. 

David Johnston joined the firm as a special counsel in 2018. 


Andrew Ryan and Sacha Oudyn are two key professionals at firm. Other practitioners are Simon Akozu and Phillip Chrisp. It has a strong connection with MinterEllison group in Australia. Its services include dealing with ruling applications, settlement negotiations and confidential tax disputes. The team works closely with the firm’s corporate and investment funds teams. Besides, it is also actively involved in government-led initiatives with respect to implementation. 

The team helped a client on a transactional tax issue. It advised the client on all aspects of the scheme such as New Zealand tax compliance, due diligence, scheme document negotiation and the court process. 

The firm expanded by hiring Simon Akozu and Phillip Chrisp in 2018. Senoir solicitor Hinano Ellingham left the firm. 

Russell McVeagh

Fred Ward and Brendan Brown leads tax practice at firm. Other key practitioners are Tim Stewart and Chris Harker. Its practice covers direct and indirect taxation. The team also provides services related to various areas such as M&A, customs and excise, tax investigations and disputes. It participates in all tax reform process, including appearing before parliamentary committees and making representations at ministerial level. Its clients include ANZ, BNZ, ASB Bank and Kiwibank. 

In 2018, the team helped a client on issue that combines private client and tax controversy practice. It advises on all aspects of Inland Revenue’s review of a high net worth individual’s New Zealand tax affairs. 

Matt Woolley joined the firm as a senior solicitor in 2018. Special Counsel Rhonda Gregory left the firm in 2019.