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The only law firm in the South Pacific
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Fisheries and maritime legislation is draconian - policed by making an example of those who are caught.

An ounce of
prevention. . .

All those involved in the fishing or aquaculture industry know the complexity of the issues and problems that must be faced.
To meet the needs of today’s industry Oceanlaw New Zealand is a specialist legal service, based in the heart of New Zealand’s biggest fishing port, ready to provide effective solutions to legal issues faced by the fishing and aquaculture industries right around the country.
Fisheries and maritime legislation is draconian – policed by making an example of those who are caught. Specialist lawyers are required to interpret the law and to advocate the outcome sought by the client.
This firm’s strategic alliances offer a multi-disciplined and cost-effective approach on legal issues, risk management, compliance and policy advice; and to provide effective departmental and legislative lobbying.
“We can marshal the appropriate level of skills and resources to meet every aspect of clients’ needs – whatever the level of complexity.
Talk to us about projects, problems and pro-active strategies that will ultimately save you both time and money.

Our Terms of Trade

Resource Management
& Environmental Law

Meet the Oceanlaw Team

Michael Sean Sullivan

Michael Sean Sullivan

Partner

Consultant Solicitor to Oceanlaw NZ

Co-author: Brookers Fisheries Laws of New Zealand

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Justine Inns

Justine Inns

Principal

BA LLB (Canterbury 1993)

Co-author: Brookers Fisheries Laws of New Zealand

Co-author: Discourses and Silences: Indigenous Peoples, Risk & Resistance.

Uni of Canterbury Press

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Hamish Fletcher

Hamish Fletcher

Partner

LLB (Victoria)

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Karyn Van Wijngaarden

Karyn van Wijngaarden

Senior Solicitor

LLB (Wgtn 2007),

B.Sc (Otago 2005).

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Hayley Campbell

Hayley Campbell

Solicitor

LLB., B.Sc (Wgtn 2005)

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Oceanlaw New Zealand is the only dedicated marine based law practice in the South Pacific.

We adopt a pro-active and specialist philosophy to the practice of law and specialise solely in the following areas of law:

Aquaculture
Animal Products
Bio Security
Coastal Resource Management
Environmental
Fisheries
International Export and Trade
Maori Fisheries & Aquaculture
Marine Pollution
Maritime
Marine Occupational Health & Safety

Our skilled practitioners are uniquely qualified to advise you on all general, commercial and litigation issues arising in these specialist fields.

The Practice

Oceanlaw New Zealand is based in New Zealand’s biggest fishing port, providing fishing/aquaculture, primary sector and maritime industries, with expert legal advice and support, both domestically and internationally.

In addition, Oceanlaw New Zealand has a number of strategic alliances that enable us to offer a multi-disciplined and cost-effective approach on all legal, risk management, compliance, policy advice, and issues. We also deliver effective departmental and legislative lobbying services.

Our Philosophy

Oceanlaw NZ takes a pro-active approach. Our philosophy is to encourage clients to seek advice before things go wrong. Drawing on our expertise, international contacts and strategic alliances, we offer our clients a knowledgeable and lateral approach, tailored to the relevant industry, that anticipates problems.

“Oceanlaw prides itself on marshalling the appropriate level of skills and resources to meet every aspect of clients’ needs – whatever the size of the issue or level of complexity.”

Mike Sullivan, Fisheries Consultant

Litigation is always a last resort. Oceanlaw New Zealand, however, has a team of experienced litigators, and we are prepared to take a strong, aggressive and professional stance to litigation when appropriate.