Private Wealth


Specialised law services for tailor-made family and not-for-profit trusts

New Zealand has more trusts per head of population than anywhere in the world. It’s clear that individuals, families, businesses and not-for-profit organisations in this country are making the most of the effective asset protection and succession planning that comes with a carefully structured trust.

If you’re wondering how to start a trust, or deliberating the pros and cons of a trust, Hesketh Henry has a specialist team of estate planning lawyers for trust formation and administration. If you have an existing trust, our trust specialists can help you with the review, restructuring or resettlement in times of change. Educating trustees about their responsibilities is also part of our service.

We understand that everyone’s personal circumstances are different, which is why we don’t offer a ‘one size fits all’ solution for wills and trusts. When you work with Hesketh Henry you will receive tailor-made advice that leads to a purpose-built trust strategy and structure. Our expertise with family trust law extends to resolving disputes by arbitration, mediation or negotiation and, where necessary, through litigation.

For a copy of our Family Trust Booklet please contact the team.

Need advice on Trusts?
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Examples of work completed by our team include:

Key Contacts
Partner, Mary Joy Simpson ranked in Band 1 of the prestigious Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) Directory 2021.
Partner, John Kirkwood ranked in the prestigious Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) Directory 2021.
Partner, Emma Tonkin ranked in the prestigious Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) Directory 2021.

Insights & Opinion / Trusts

Putting all your assets in trust? What can your children do about it?
The High Court holds that a fiduciary duty can be owed to adult children.
22.02.2022 Posted in Private Wealth
COVID-19: Considerations for trustees
Navigating Uncertain Times for Trustees – considerations in light of Coronavirus
04.06.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Private Wealth
Trustee Meetings Key: Duty on Trustees under the Trusts Act to consider exercising their powers
The Trusts Act 2019 ("Act") comes into force on 30 January 2021 and with it comes the partial codification of trustee duties.
16.04.2020 Posted in Private Wealth
How will the Trusts Act 2019 affect me?
The Trusts Act 2019 comes into force in less than a year
20.02.2020 Posted in Private Wealth
Take Care with Beneficiary Loan Accounts in Credit
It is common for family trusts to resolve that a distribution be made to beneficiaries but the actual amount paid to the beneficiaries is less than the authorised “distribution”.  In the ...
04.02.2020 Posted in Private Wealth
A trust on a trust – how strange is that?
In New Zealand we are trust crazy and owning a home in trust is common place. For many, just as for Mr Hodgkinson in Judd v Hawkes Bay Trustee Company Limited [2016] NZCA 397, the trust has been set u...
21.10.2019 Posted in Private Wealth
Hesketh Henry’s Private Wealth Team are leading the way
"Dynamite Lawyers" as quoted in the new Chambers HNW directory for 2019
16.07.2019 Posted in Private Wealth
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