Brandon Cullen


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DDI 09 966 3609
Email bcullen@mcveaghfleming.co.nz
Location Albany Office
Expertise Business, Personal Matters, Property
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About

If you are looking for pragmatic advice on personal matters, property affairs, or business/corporate law then I can help.

I act for a variety of New Zealand companies, small businesses and individuals and also represent a large number of foreign property investors with extensive commercial property holdings in New Zealand.

My clients tell me I am approachable, easy to contact and that I explain things in a way they understand. I’m definitely NOT an academic lawyer. I believe I am providing a service and so my clients deserve to be treated with respect. This means I:

  • let you know how long something will take at the outset and when you can expect to hear back from me;
  • tell you up front how much your work is going to cost (if at all possible) and whether it’s worth going ahead with, or (in a property context) what needs to be done by when to ensure deadlines are met;
  • ring or email you to clarify issues and keep you updated as to progress at all times.
  • My working style is friendly, relaxed and open. I give people answers quickly, I do what I say I’m going to do and I charge my clients what I tell them I’m going to charge them.

One of my key strengths is my ability to build strong working relationships with my clients, many of whom I have worked with for a long time. This comes down to clear communication, a good personality fit and my ability to appreciate each client’s situation.

As a general practitioner I enjoy the diversity of my work, and the level of contact I have with my clients. It’s satisfying to know I’ve played a part in helping them achieve their goals.

Over the past few years I have been on three trips to Dubai to meet with Kiwi expats (and a number of others) looking to invest in New Zealand. Structuring investments from overseas and residential and commercial property investment per-se, are areas in which I have a keen interest.

Qualifications

BCom/LLB, University of Auckland 1998

Admitted to the Bar, 1999


Memberships, Professional Affiliations and Directorships

  • Member of BNI Commercial
  • Board Member of Tennis Northern Regions (governs tennis from the Harbour Bridge to Cape Reinga)
  • Board Member of Storelink Sales Limited (a family business built up over the past 20 years, which now has 300+ employees/contractors)

Background

I have always been an ‘all-rounder’ in that I love diversity and challenges. I became a lawyer mainly because I enjoy helping people achieve their goals.

I worked at Kensington Swan for 3½ years doing corporate and commercial work, and then moved to McVeagh Fleming in 2002. I went on a year-long OE with my (now) wife Julie in 2006/2007 and became a partner in 2010, aged 35.

Outside Interests

Life is very busy at the moment and outside work the majority of my time is spent with Julie, our two boys, Bennet (7) and James (4), and our twin girls, Abigail and Hayley (16 months). What spare time??!! I am still playing premier grade tennis but every year it gets a little harder …. and the opposition keep getting younger!

Travel will always be a passion but, these days, it’s a family affair and a bit more restrained than back-packer days!