Matthew Tetley-Jones



DDI 09 306 6728
Location Auckland Office
Expertise Buisness, Personal Matters, Property
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If you are an individual or work in a family business and have property to buy, sell, put in trust, put in a will, leave in a will, split with a partner or protect when entering into a new relationship, then I can help.

I specialise in:

  • putting in place structures for ownership of assets that are appropriate to each client’s needs.
  • taking clients through disputes and difficulties over things such as inheritances, relationship breakups and business breakups.
  • assisting clients with publishing, copyright and trademark issues.
  • My approach is to listen to my clients and then to ask questions to understand the legal issues they’re facing. If you choose to work with me you can be confident that, once I understand your issue, I’ll give you a straight answer.

If your issue is complex, I’ll tell you. But I’ll break things down into smaller chunks so that you can focus on what affects you and not worry about the bits that have no relevance. Based on your personality and what you’re looking to achieve I’ll create a pathway of the decisions you need to make and when you need to make them so that you achieve your desired outcome.

Examples of Transactions

Successfully completing an arbitration involving three family groups running a company. Two were able to work together, one wasn’t. I worked with the company’s accountant and one of the shareholders to bring the company issue to arbitration in order to get the value of the enterprise properly assessed. The arbitrator awarded the transfer of shares from the party who no longer wished to work in the company at a value I’d suggested. The unhappy party was able to leave with a payout they were prepared to accept and the other two parties were able to forge ahead with the company with a united front.

Advising a publisher client who was due to launch a book about the Rugby World Cup and needed all copy checking to ensure it didn’t infringe copyright, trademark or name protection laws. The client needed this work doing within three days. I worked with two other members of my team to get this done within deadline and the book is now in the shops.

Successfully sold an industrial property at auction that was somewhat rundown. My client originally took it to the market in 2006, and entered into an agreement with a developer who then failed to settle in 2008. My role involved taking the site back from the developer, securing it, and helping my client take it to auction once my client had brought it up to a standard to sell again.


Lawyer, barrister, band manager, gardener, and conservation worker.

I qualified as a lawyer at age 22, worked for a couple of years in a legal office, then became a barrister doing criminal and mental health work. In the evenings I managed bands. I then travelled overseas and worked in England as a gardener for eighteen months before returning to New Zealand with my wife and child. I spent four years doing conservation work and landscape gardening before coming back to the law in 1999.

I worked for my father’s firm, took it over in 2006 and ran it for five years before merging the practice with McVeagh Fleming. I’m enjoying being in a larger firm that still retains a family feel.

Outside Interests

I was recently on the team that won the Pub Quiz championships for the whole of New Zealand. I didn’t realise we were that good! As part of our prize we’re going to appear as extras on the TV show “Nothing Trivial” so look out for me!

I love music and am involved in a community radio station on Waiheke Island. I run the kids show on Sunday mornings and a rock show on Friday nights. I have three children, one of whom is also into music. I like taking them to the beach and boogie boarding. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle.


LLB, University of Auckland 1988

BA, University of Auckland 1988

Memberships, Professional Affiliations and Directorships

Former board member of Governance for Living Without Violence, Waiheke Network

Member of Forest and Bird