I’m a co-founder and director of Avid.legal. 

I bring energy, a keen interest in business, and a practical approach to each engagement I’m involved in. I get excited about all things growth! 

A large part of my practice involves working with high-growth enterprises and helping them achieve their mission-critical goals. This spans across day-to-day contracting and strategic projects, capital raising, shareholder arrangements, employee share schemes, international market expansion, and legal structuring.

In addition to high-growth enterprises, I also regularly advise many angel, venture, private equity, and corporate investors (locally and offshore) on their investments, which gives me balanced insights across the capital raising spectrum. 

In our industry, I’ve earned respect for my work with technology M&A and venture transactions. This work, along with my industry efforts, also saw me awarded the Kotahitanga Award for outstanding contribution to the industry from the Angel Association of New Zealand.

Despite 20+ years of experience working with high-growth enterprises, I am always looking to improve how I provide legal services.


2016 - present
Established Avid.legal Ltd
2004 - 2016
Duncan Cotterill (New Zealand, partner since 2006)
In-house counsel at T-Mobile (UK) and various Australian law firms


Admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2004

Admitted to practise in England & Wales in 2003 (non-practising)

Admitted to practise in Queensland, Australia 2001 (non-practising)

LLB, Queensland University of Technology

Areas of expertise

M&A transactions
Capital raisings (for entrepreneurs, companies, venture capital funds, and other types of investors)
Shareholder arrangements
Commercial and IP collaborations
Strategic projects

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