John Woolley


Auckland Office
Business & Corporate
Sales and Acquisitions
Resource Management
Personal Matters
Commercial Property
Sub-Division Development
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I advise individuals through to SME’s and corporates on their:

  • property work including commercial property, subdivisions and property development;
  • business acquisitions and sales; and
  • business structures, ensuring they get the right structure and that it works well for them.

I also do financing work for both lenders and borrowers.

A client once said to me that there are some lawyers who are deal makers, and some who are deal breakers. The client put me in the former category saying I “know what the big issues are” and that I “work my way around any potential deal-wrecking issues”.

I have a number of long-standing clients with whom I have developed good, close relationships. They continue to use me because I am able to “help them make decisions on the spot”, I “provide a cost-effective service” and I’m “easy to get hold of and easy to talk to”.

My 30 plus years’ experience means I adopt a practical approach to transactions and achieve results. If you choose to work with me you can be confident that I’ll focus on those things that matter and won’t get bogged down in irrelevant detail.

If you want to work with a lawyer who will cut to the chase, who won’t get side-tracked by unnecessary complications, who will pick up the phone to you to talk things through, and who will make sure you are satisfied with the result that you get, then I can help.                      


LLB, University of Auckland



I was able to combine my early legal career with competitive sailing (at the time I represented New Zealand in keel boat racing).

I worked for a small firm for three years before joining McVeagh Fleming where I have been a partner for over 30 years. The firm I originally worked for, Greig Bourke & Kettelwell, merged with us a few years ago.

Outside Interests

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years supporting my son in his sailing endeavours. He has sailed at Olympic level in the 470 class. Now that he has finally got a “real job”, I have more time to do the things I enjoy. My passions are fishing, boating and my children (I have three daughters in addition to my son). I also enjoy travelling and have been lucky to have the opportunity to see much of the world through sailing and the McVeagh Fleming International Alliance.



  • Director and Secretary Treasurer of the International Alliance of Law Firms
  • Member of McVeagh Fleming Board of Management
  • Member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Panmure Yacht and Boating Club

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