We advise all manner of professionals and professional firms, such as accountants, doctors, architects, financial advisers, and IT specialists. On matters relating to their profession or specific to their business.
Paul has been a partner of Govett Quilliam since 1989 and has specific expertise in commercial law and in the oil and gas sector.
Paul has acted for large corporates regionally, nationally and internationally and has developed a particular expertise in the energy sector, providing legal support and advice to oil and gas companies in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia.
Paul has provided primary legal support for Port Taranaki, the Taranaki District Health Board and the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki for over 20 years. He is also a member of the New Zealand Chapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Paul has in recent years been involved in a variety of projects including:
Paul is an Honorary Life Member of the Taranaki Cancer Society, having been the President for a number of years and a former Chairman of the Relay for Life Committee. Paul is a former President of Taranaki Marriage Guidance (now Relationship Services) and was a Trustee of the Taranaki Velodrome Trust, which has brought to Taranaki a state of the art Cycle Park incorporating a road circuit and velodrome.
Paul enjoys cycling, golf, going to the gym and spending time with family.
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Rochelle is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Team. Rochelle joined Govett Quilliam after over five years at a law firm in Wellington where she worked as a law clerk and lawyer.
Rochelle's work focuses on commercial structures and relationships, company law, corporate advisory, and governance advice. She undertakes commercial property transactions, drafting and reviewing commercial agreements, selling and purchasing businesses, shareholder disputes, and other matters. Rochelle’s broad experience in corporate and commercial law, employment law, privacy, and health and safety gives her a unique overview from which to provide thorough and pragmatic advice.
Rochelle also has several years’ experience specialising in employment law, health and safety, human rights, and privacy. She has advised small and large organisations, as well as individuals, on restructures and change management processes, disciplinary investigations, performance management, and has conducted workplace investigations. She has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority and taken complaints to the Human Rights Commission. Rochelle was previously a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Wellington Law Society.
Rochelle is on the board of Sport Taranaki and also serves on Sport Taranaki’s Audit and Risk Committee. She is passionate about the role of sport and exercise in the development of young people and is interested in people’s overall well-being; including mental health, nutrition, exercise, and being connected into the community.
Rochelle loves spending time outdoors in beautiful Taranaki, particularly tramping, running, and going to the beach. She also enjoys reading novels (especially classics), spending time with her husband, and cooking healthy food.
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Cameron (Cam) is a corporate and commercial lawyer who returned to Taranaki and joined GQ in 2020 after practicing in a national law firm based in Christchurch.
Business & Company Sale and Purchase / Corporate Governance / Shareholder Arrangements / Energy
Cam is a specialist corporate and commercial lawyer with particular expertise in the sale and purchase of businesses and companies, shareholder arrangements, and drafting and reviewing of complex commercial agreements. Cam also advices on commercial leasing, employee share schemes and corporate governance.
Cam is experienced in advising large cross-border corporates through to start-ups and mum and dad companies wishing to sell shares to their children. His unique combination of experience from working in the energy sector for several years prior to becoming a lawyer, experience in legal private practice, and building his business acumen through secondment as in-house legal counsel to a large energy corporate client has matured a first-class ability to listen and understand issues that a client presents, and convert complex legal issues into digestible, pragmatic advice.
Cam enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He considers himself a foodie and enjoys exploring the menu of local cafés and restaurants.
He also likes to balance the food and drink with keeping active and as much golf as he can fit in to his spare time.
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