iCLAW Culliney Partners ™ is a boutique law firm.
Punching well above its weight both here in New Zealand and in international markets, Culliney Partners boasts a proud reputation for working intelligently and exceptionally hard for a select group of commercial and private clients.
Culliney Partners focuses on commercial property, property development, commercialisation and monetisation of intellectual property and international expansion, and investment.
Alongside its specialty services, the Culliney Partner’s team also provides general property and commercial advice to property investors, new home buyers and small to medium enterprises.
Owen has practiced in some unique areas of the law. He cut his teeth at Harkness Henry on commercial property transactions in the mid 2000s, moving to general practice and rural transactions as the GFC took hold of commercial real estate in 2008.
A constant drive for more interesting work and a desire to grow a corporate practice took Owen to an in house role as stand in general counsel (on secondment) in the medico legal space (specialising in documenting the hospital/pharmaco relationship in pharmaceutical trials) and then to James & Wells, Intellectual Property.
At James & Wells, Owen grew a corporate and commercial practice focussed on commercialising and monetising intellectual property and with the assistance of Aasha Foley, a bustling property division.
Ultimately, Owen sees the law differently. Following a brief partnership at Beattie Rickman, Owen set up iCLaw Culliney | Partners to grow a law firm that focuses on standing beside not just behind its clients and providing prompt, clear and commercially realistic legal advice.
With a stable of loyal clients who look to him as a trusted adviser on significant commercial and corporate matters, Owen operates a boutique practice dedicated to seeing New Zealanders with the same drive as he possesses succeed here and overseas.
He also oversees the same bustling property practice that both he and Aasha built while at James & Wells and continues to be fully engaged in the medico-legal space.
Aasha is a partner of the firm specialising in property and commercial law.
Aasha’s experience with the property market and in particular commercial property development in New Zealand has seen her develop a reputation for executing projects of scale effectively and efficiently.
Aasha has experience in handling commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, early stage start ups and franchising.
Aasha's expertise extends to intellectual property, and includes the provision of licensing and joint venture agreements, the sale and purchase of intellectual property rights, no shop and non-disclosure agreements.
Aasha's diverse background and experience is advantageous, ensuring she is well placed to assist her clients in a broad range of commercial transactions. With an eye for detail and excellent communication skills, Aasha takes pride in the success of her clients and their commercial endeavours.
Sam has acquired a broad range of experience, with a focus on property and commercial law over his 12 years working in well respected New Zealand law firms in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.
Sam regularly advises clients on commercial contracts, the sale and purchase of businesses, and on all aspects of commercial and residential property; including: subdivisions, construction, technical title advice, leasing and financing. He also provides advice on all asset planning matters, including: trusts, wills, and relationship property.
In 2013 Sam and his family moved to Hamilton, where he built on his broad experience, acting for a wide range of individuals, families, trusts, and small and medium sized businesses.
Before moving to iCLAW, Sam spent 18 months working in a specialist commercial property role at Tompkins Wake, where he counselled local authorities, developers and national commercial property managers, as well as private clients. Sam’s commercial property expertise includes: acting on sales and acquisitions, complex due diligence investigations, greenfield and commercial subdivisions and large-scale leasing projects.
Sam is motivated by the opportunity to deliver tangible advice and qualified legal insight to his valued clients. His general background complements his property and commercial expertise, allowing him to give real-world and practical advice.
Nick is iCLAW’s representative in Hong Kong and has over 13 years’ experience in Hong Kong. Nick works alongside our New Zealand office to extend iCLAW’s international reach for our clients in New Zealand to enter markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Taiwan.
Nick has a myriad of corporate and legal experience, including appointments as an executive director of companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Nick has also held positions as general counsel to investment management and VC companies in both Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Nick practiced law in New Zealand before joining global offshore firm Ogier in Hong Kong, where he specialised in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law aspects of corporate advisory matters, aircraft financing and the formation and ongoing operation of investment funds. Subsequently, Nick co-founded a boutique corporate law firm in Hong Kong where he practised for five years.
Nick is qualified as a solicitor in New Zealand, England & Wales and the British Virgin Islands. In addition, Nick is one of the few in the Asia region qualified to practice as an attorney in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
"Nickolas Sam is praised as "a very approachable and excellent resource for advice on the intricacies of Marshall Islands law." Based in Hong Kong, he is admired by another interviewee for his "dynamic and creative advice." He advises clients on the formation of Marshall Islands corporations, as well as acquisitions and contentious matters."
- Chambers and Partners
Simmi joined iCLAW’s property team in August 2019.
Simmi is passionate about all things property. She appreciates that in order to maintain a balanced wealth portfolio, real estate is a key.
However, Simmi also strongly believes that Kiwi’s need to continue to lead the world in research and development and to own and jealously guard their intellectual property.
Simmi comes from a dispute resolution background, working predominately in the intellectual property rights area specialising in defamation and breach of contract. She acquired litigation experience from District Court to Court of Appeal working alongside a leading Barrister in Auckland and more general expertise at a well-respected Auckland Law Firm.
Where disputes have arisen and litigation is unavoidable, Simmi will represent clients in Court. Her preference, however, has always been to negotiate, disputes where parties are committed to avoiding the expense, delays and uncertainty of litigation. “The Court is a wonderful resource for resolving commercial disputes where all other avenues are exhausted,” Simmi says, “Court should be the last resort, because after all our clients are far better off if they are empowered and directed to resolve matters without a third party to decide for them.”
Simmi advises clients on growing their portfolios and protecting their intellectual property rights. She focuses on business-like solutions and she sees law as a way to improve the lives of her clients.
Shannon sees law as a tool to build wealth and certainty for her clients. She uses the law and her experience to provide prompt advice on a variety of contracts whether it be real estate, building contracts or the purchase/sale of a business.
Shannon is the perfect person to contact for the purchase of your first home or to grow a property investment portfolio, but she also advises on commercial transactions where she stands beside her clients to achieve their business dreams. Energetic and goal driven, she will get you what you need, when you need it.
Shannon has a strong interest in the community and has a belief that everyone should have the same access to legal advice, information and support. She is also an avid supporter of initiatives that promote greater collaboration between the profession and law schools and an active participant in the Waikato New Lawyers network.
Olivia specialises in employment law. She has experience in drafting Individual Employment Agreements and assisting iCLAW’s clients to conduct effective restructures. Olivia believes strongly that business owners who enter into employment relationships genuinely and in good faith should be supported to avoid the modern and costly pitfalls of the employment law landscape.
Olivia is also passionate about property, both rural and urban. To her, property investment (and owning a home) should be a focus of all kiwi families. While employment law dominates a lot of her time, Olivia makes sure she has time in her week to help her clients achieve their property dreams.
Olivia has a great deal of experience with first home buyers using their kiwisaver and homestart grant to enable them to purchase their first property and get a start on the property ladder.
You should also be asking Olivia for her views and her advice on estate and asset planning tools (including trusts, wills, and relationship property agreements) because these tools play an important role in property ownership, succession and certainty.
Kirsty is enthusiastic about helping people purchase their own homes, especially their first homes.
Kirsty sees law as an important piece of the property puzzle which is misunderstood as being just a necessary evil. “If contacted earlier on in a land transaction we can do more than just charge a fee for transferring dirt; we have such a huge amount of knowledge and value to add and in such an important transaction, it seems odd to avoid using that.”
Kirsty’s attention to detail and diligent approach to her work have seen her being recently promoted into the team looking after our corporate clients and the incorporation of companies and limited partnerships.
Kirsty is soon to complete her Diploma to become a registered legal executive and could not be more happy to put the study life behind her!
Hannah has an eye for detail and has applied it to a variety of areas in the law. Hannah sees law as a way to smooth out the pathway for investment. “Expert legal advice is essential for investors in any type of asset,” Says Hannah.
Hannah has worked with some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed IP advisers; also in general law and as a specialist property manager. She brings all this experience to bear at iCLAW to improve the lives of clients and community.
Hannah supports the wider iCLAW team to deliver advice for commercial transactions, Intellectual property matters, estate planning, and residential conveyancing.
Karen has consulted to the Legal Industry for many years. This has included specialist industry focused recruitment, HR, business and IT solutions. She has amassed a wealth of experience over this time which works well to support iCLAW’s continued success.
Originally qualifying as a Legal Executive, Karen decided this wasn’t for her.
She decided to use this platform as a stepping stone to gain wider ranging knowledge of what makes law firms tick. From this, she evolved into looking at how law practices can be improved through a number of mechanisms. This included her involvement in the early stages of bringing law firms into the age of electronic publishing. She has worked as a consultant providing IT/practice management solutions, recruitment and headhunting lawyers and specialist support staff and has had a wealth of experience in bringing partners together through lateral hires. She has consulted with law firms on succession planning, HR needs, and business needs.
Karen is the author of two workbooks pertaining to lawyers. “Considering a new Partner”, and “Entering Law Partnership, what you need to consider”. She’s spoken at law seminars and has many articles published in legal practice magazines.
Karen is delighted to be part of iCLAW’s team and its ongoing journey.
Gemma is a law clerk at iCLAW. She sees law as a way to get things done. Gemma is pretty close to finishing up her law degree (with honours - just saying) and can’t wait to join the profession properly in 2020. In the meantime, she makes stuff happen in the office and watches her team in awe.
Gemma sees that her knowledge and passion for business can be applied in commercial law; but also enjoys estate planning. She sees that her generation need to be well armed to succeed to the baby boomers who have left it too late to transition seamlessly; and she is ready to help.
Olivia (AKA Liv), started at iCLAW as an office assistant, where scanning and saving files were the daily grind, but is now most likely to be found behind a screen assisting with the firm’s marketing and communications efforts. Liv sees law as a misunderstood craft and is determined to help the team show the world how important the law is for achieving successful outcomes in business and life.
Olivia has a strong interest in the communications industry and is currently studying a Bachelor of Communication Studies, majoring in Public Relations and Digital Business, at the University of Waikato. In between her study and work at the firm, Olivia also teaches dance and is involved in the local performing arts community.
Olivia loves to find creative and engaging ways to interact with the clients and community of iCLAW, whether that be through a Facebook post or the creation of a new article.