John Woolley


Auckland Office

Areas of Expertise

Banking and Finance
Commercial Contracts
Commercial Property and Bodies Corporate
Company & Corporate Structuring
Construction and Building Matters
Mergers, Sales and Acquisitions


John is a highly experienced lawyer specialising in providing expert legal advice and assistance to a broad client base. His clients range from individuals to small and medium-sized businesses and corporate entities.

John brings a wealth of knowledge with an impressive track record in commercial property, subdivisions, property development, business acquisitions and sales, and business structures.

John's clients praise him for his ability to offer informed guidance and cost-effective solutions. His accessibility and approachability have fostered long-standing relationships with many satisfied clients. With decades of experience, John takes a pragmatic approach to transactions, consistently achieving favorable outcomes.

John is the ideal choice if you need a lawyer who prioritises what matters and avoids getting entangled in irrelevant details.


John Woolley embarked on his legal career with Greig Bourke & Kettelwell, where he honed his skills for a few years. During his time there, he indulged in his love for competitive sailing and proudly represented New Zealand in keel boat racing. Interestingly, Greig Bourke & Kettelwell later merged with McVeagh Fleming, creating new opportunities.

In the 1970s, John made a significant move and joined McVeagh Fleming. Not long after joining, he became a partner and enjoyed a long and successful journey, ascending to the position of Chair. His expertise and contributions proved invaluable to the firm's growth and reputation. In July 2023, John transitioned to a consultant role, continuing to offer his wealth of knowledge and experience to clients and colleagues alike.


LLB, University of Auckland


•  Member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Panmure Yacht and Boating Club

Examples of transactions

Main Practice Areas

Outside Interests

John has spent a lot of time over the past few years supporting his son in his sailing endeavours. He sailed at Olympic level in the 470 class. His current passions are fishing, boating and his children. John has three daughters and one son.

John also enjoys travelling and has been lucky to have the opportunity to see much of the world through sailing and the McVeagh Fleming International Alliance.