Welcome

Rainey Collins Lawyers act for institutions and individuals, advising and assisting clients in many areas of the law.

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Challenging a Will

You need to know what to do. We specialise in estates and Wills. It can be devastating and unfair to be left out of a Will or not adequately provided for.

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Employment Law

Acting for both employers and employees, we can advise on how to get the best possible outcomes.

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Business Advice

We assist with the establishment and effective maintenance of companies, trusts and a whole range of business structures.

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Property Sale & Purchase

We specialise in assisting clients with buying and selling property, both for personal residence and investment.

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Maori Legal Issues

Our extensive experience in representing Maori individuals, whanau, hapu, iwi and organisations enables us to focus on the relevant issues and assist with sensible solutions.

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Family Law

We specialise in a wide range of family law matters including issues that arise from relationships, both in separation situations and asset protection.

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Commercial Law

We provide practical advice on commercial contracts including drafting and negotiating, on commercial structures, purchases and sales of businesses and corporate governance.

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Unit Titles

We advise on all aspects of unit titled properties or apartments, including for buyers, sellers and Bodies Corporate. Our expert property team can give clear advice about the requirements of the applicable law including the rules about disclosure required under the Unit Titles Act.

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Privacy and Data Protection

The new Privacy Act 2020 came into force on 1 December 2020, replacing the Privacy Act 1993. Now more than ever, it is essential for businesses and organisations that collect, hold, and use personal information to make sure they comply with their obligations under the new Act.

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Rainey Collins is a top law firm in the Wellington area.

Located in Wellington, we have been helping clients throughout New Zealand and further afield for over 100 years, placing an emphasis on providing legal services of the highest quality while remaining down to earth and approachable.

Our team of lawyers is comprised of a wide range of experienced and skilled barristers and solicitors, meaning we have experts in nearly all legal fields.

We provide legal representation/advice in fields such as:

  • litigation/dispute resolution
  • employment law
  • all aspects of property law from buying and selling properties, leasing and resolving property-related disputes
  • setting up a family trust
  • commercial law  
  • Māori legal issues
  • all aspects of family law including relationship property and child related matters
  • contested estates
  • body corporates
  • construction
  • highly efficient debt collection NZ-wide for our full range of clients.

Our firm is a proud member of NZ Law Limited, a leading nationwide network of law firms who share knowledge and legal resources, which assists us to continue to develop the quality of our services.

For more information on the services we provide, take a look at the ‘Our Services' section of the website for contact details of the appropriate lawyer for your query.

Alternatively, give us a call on 04-473 6850. We will be delighted to assist you.

Great Value, Set-Fee, Initial Consultations

Sometimes you may be unsure of where you stand and what your rights are. You will need to know what your options are so you can make informed choices when deciding on your next steps. To assist clients to become fully informed, we offer one hour consultations with one of our experienced lawyers or legal executives for a set fee.

In the consultation you will receive legal advice regarding your specific issue and situation. This will enable you to decide what to do next, and if you need us to carry out any work on the matter for you. We offer initial consultations in many areas of the law including Family, Employment, Māori Issues, Debt Collection, Dealing with creditors, Business and Asset Protection.

To find out more please contact one of our team today on 04 4736850 or by email by clicking here


What Our Clients Say

l always appreciate your immediate availability for my needs and the security of your advice.

Tessa

Being resident in the UK i needed the services of a lawyer to help resolve a difficult situation in Wellington.
After completing my research i chose Alan Knowsley from Rainey Collins. From the outset, his knowledge, experience, insight and assurances gave me a huge amount of confidence. Using his suggestions and guidance, i was able to bring the matter to a very satisfactory close. I would wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone seeking professional guidance and assistance.

Keith

Hi Laurie,

Just dropping a line to thank you for your help with our sale and purchases, you made it really easy and explained everything we needed to know before we even knew we didn't know it! Not your first rodeo I'm sure. We're in our new house and couldn't be happier, and will be in contact about our wills. 

Cheers for being so friendly and accommodating, and doing great work to boot!

Lindsay

Over the years I have had occasion to consult the lawyers at Rainey Collins in Wellington on a range of different issues and have always found them to be extremely efficient, reasonable and courteous. In one or two tricky situations they have been highly professional and gently reassuring.

John

Ngati Wehi Wehi engaged Rainey Collins to represent our claim Wai 1482 in the treaty claims process 20 + years ago. Peter Johnston and his very capable team of lawyers, has provided a high level of support and guidance during those years. The treaty process can be complex to navigate and the guidance we have received over a long period of time has been of a consistently high calibre, which is essential to make good progress. Our relationship has grown in strength and trust, and we look forward to the future with confidence. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

Paddy

I have found Rainey Collins to be very accessible over the last ten plus years. For me, this means quick advice on the phone, meetings as needed and timely analysis. Their advice has been easily understood by me and is given in a helpful manner. 

Simon

Kia Ora Peter, 

I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service and professionalism on behalf of myself and Kauwhata, for over twenty years we have received your vast experience concerning Waitangi Tribunal treaty claims.

The most treasured time and there have been many, was Kauwhata's presentations to the Waitangi Tribunal, I realised the importance and value of Rainey Collins. Without your support we would never have had such an unforgettable and successful experience for all the whanau who presented their evidence.

Special thanks to Emily

Mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.

Rodney

Gianna, your services were great, Monica was my primary contact and she could not have been more helpful and professional.

Ken

As an overseas client, it was difficult to find legal representation in New Zealand, until I found Rainey Collins. The online self referral form was particularly helpful and I got a very quick response from Shaun. Meeting with Shaun was reassuring and made me confident in becoming a client. Shaun has since been very helpful, with excellent communication and prompt responses to any questions I have. He is very accommodating in arranging meetings to suit my time in the UK and has been excellent at writing documents that are keeping things on the right track. He has also been very diligent at following things up for me and I am pleased to have chosen Shaun as my lawyer to represent me in this matter.

Bryan

Great session. Alan is so informative, great presenter and I learnt a lot!

NZRDA conference attendee

Alan is the most relatable lawyer I’ve ever listened to! Good content and delivery. Relevant.

NZRDA conference attendee

A lot of information that Alan presented clearly and concisely.

NZRDA conference attendee

Rainey Collins has been helpful in providing me with support to find a solution. They have been clear about costs and send me regular updates. Highly recommended."

Stephen

Thank you Alan once again for presenting at our conference. We have received some great feedback about your sessions; you have a relaxed presentation style, that you sprinkle with humour, that is easy to listen to and to “get the message”.

NZRDA

Despite the time constraints and holiday season, Alan displayed remarkable professionalism and commitment. His swift response and proactive approach ensured that our matter was addressed in a timely way, providing us with peace of mind and the confidence that we were in capable hands.

I would also like to highlight the ongoing engagement and workshops offered by the Rainey Collins team. These sessions have been invaluable in helping us develop our knowledge on important matters such as wills, Māori land use, Trusts, and more. Alan's expertise and willingness to share his insights helped us to make informed decisions and navigate complex legal matters with confidence. 

Herani

If you require legal representation or assistance then I can recommend the team at Rainey Collins. Most impressive has been their accessibility and immediacy of communication, which was crucial at the time. Their depth of knowledge within their expert fields was imparted with an experienced and considered approach creating a sense of confidence in their professionalism and services.

Pip

I was so impressed with the service I got from Therese three years ago when I bought a house that I came back again for the refinancing without a second thought. Incredibly time-efficient, but diligent and precise where it matters most. 10/10 would highly recommend

Joe

Presenter was excellent: clear, topical & structured well

Neil

Thank you. I got a lot out of it. Look forward to other webinars and increasing my knowledge.

Rebecca

Rainey Collins Webinars and Newsletters provide excellent insights. 

Bruce

Claire is super on to it and very knowledgeable. Great comms and always has several options and keeps us updated with our legal stuff! Highly recommend. 

Kay

Excellent communication. Senior partner replying to my query in a timely way and very helpful advice. How cool is that!

Ken

Alan from Rainey Collins agreed to help me in the middle of a very difficult process and from the moment I made contact was incredibly responsive,  thoughtful, legally astute as well as practically minded. Alan would either respond virtually straight away, or let me know when he could respond - I don't think you can get any better than that. In the most part, with correspondence, I drafted and Alan reviewed, which worked really well for me and was very gracious of Alan. When Alan drafted, the work was of the highest quality. We have decided to put all our affairs with Rainey Collins and feel very confident we are in good hands. Thanks Alan and the team.

Darryl

Went to see Alan in 2019 with a tricky situation at work. His advice was reassuring, practical and pragmatic. He didn’t beat his chest like some lawyers and shout ‘they can’t do this’, or ‘we will sort this out’, he very calmly asked what I wanted, and then gave me some simple options. When it started to get difficult with work, as we expected it would, Alan was always there, offering sage advice, and being a rock in what would otherwise have been super stressful. Like all experts he doesn’t shout about it and his advice seems to come from a position of strength from very in-depth knowledge.

While I knew what the fees were (as you agree these in advance) I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the process to find out I had not to be bankrupted: he seems to charge for the work he does, as opposed to charging for a new Mercedes he’d like to have for Christmas (like some firms).

Overall, if you have an issue at work, and want some practical help that won’t break the bank, but will reduce your blood pressure, then I wouldn’t hesitate to use Alan. 

Bob

I have been using Rainey Collins lawyers for the last 10 years. They are my "go to" for any legal advice. I highly recommend them. They are professional and give informative advice.

Michelle 

We had an issue arise while in the States that could only be dealt with through a lawyer in New Zealand. Contrary to another review I just read and why I wanted to review Rainey Collins, they were the only lawyer who took the time to speak with us. Immediately our main contact (we are still in process so don't want to say whom as this is public) was empathetic, very sharp and eloquent. The party which had caused harmed banked on the fact that we wouldn't figure out what they had done because we were across the continent and that we wouldn't be able to get a lawyer, piece together the countless criminal acts, be able to legally reach or file a complaint against their lawyer or be able to fight this.

Even though we get emotional we DO appreciate how much Rainey Collins respects the court and the law as we like to work with people that have integrity and are thorough. They are a perfect balance as a law firm; fair, priced well but reasonable, communicative, allow us to feel and participate in our case and treats us kindly and with respect. I wish they were here in the States and could be my Business lawyers.

I have no doubt that however this turns out they were our best chance at righting great wrongs from all the way across the world ❤ We love our two lawyers and all the others lawyers there who have helped us thus far 🙏  

Kerry

We have used Rainey Collins for 16 years and they have advised us on personal and commercial matters. They have a good depth of knowledge and their advice is always professional and accurate. Great to deal with personally and professionally.

Elmar

Rainey Collins has provided employment advice for us for the past 8 years. At all times they have been extremely helpful, efficient and caring. I highly recommend their services. 

Jenny

Very professional, quick and effective service. I sent a generic email on the Friday morning as I was having a dispute with a motor vehicle dealer, in the afternoon a partner replied and on Monday a letter was written. Two days later I had the outcome I was hoping for. 

Alex

Fantastic experience dealing with Alan at Rainey Collins... quick, to the point, hassle-free, and most of all... genuinely helpful. :)

Brandon

Their helpful, friendly approach and solution focused capabilities have meant it is always a pleasure doing business with Alan and his team. Anybody looking  for legal advice around a property transaction would well advised to talk with Rainey Collins.

William

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l always appreciate your immediate availability for my needs and the security of your advice.

Tessa

Being resident in the UK i needed the services of a lawyer to help resolve a difficult situation in Wellington.
After completing my research i chose Alan Knowsley from Rainey Collins. From the outset, his knowledge, experience, insight and assurances gave me a huge amount of confidence. Using his suggestions and guidance, i was able to bring the matter to a very satisfactory close. I would wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone seeking professional guidance and assistance.

Keith

Hi Laurie,

Just dropping a line to thank you for your help with our sale and purchases, you made it really easy and explained everything we needed to know before we even knew we didn't know it! Not your first rodeo I'm sure. We're in our new house and couldn't be happier, and will be in contact about our wills. 

Cheers for being so friendly and accommodating, and doing great work to boot!

Lindsay

Over the years I have had occasion to consult the lawyers at Rainey Collins in Wellington on a range of different issues and have always found them to be extremely efficient, reasonable and courteous. In one or two tricky situations they have been highly professional and gently reassuring.

John

Ngati Wehi Wehi engaged Rainey Collins to represent our claim Wai 1482 in the treaty claims process 20 + years ago. Peter Johnston and his very capable team of lawyers, has provided a high level of support and guidance during those years. The treaty process can be complex to navigate and the guidance we have received over a long period of time has been of a consistently high calibre, which is essential to make good progress. Our relationship has grown in strength and trust, and we look forward to the future with confidence. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

Paddy

I have found Rainey Collins to be very accessible over the last ten plus years. For me, this means quick advice on the phone, meetings as needed and timely analysis. Their advice has been easily understood by me and is given in a helpful manner. 

Simon

Kia Ora Peter, 

I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service and professionalism on behalf of myself and Kauwhata, for over twenty years we have received your vast experience concerning Waitangi Tribunal treaty claims.

The most treasured time and there have been many, was Kauwhata's presentations to the Waitangi Tribunal, I realised the importance and value of Rainey Collins. Without your support we would never have had such an unforgettable and successful experience for all the whanau who presented their evidence.

Special thanks to Emily

Mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.

Rodney

Gianna, your services were great, Monica was my primary contact and she could not have been more helpful and professional.

Ken

As an overseas client, it was difficult to find legal representation in New Zealand, until I found Rainey Collins. The online self referral form was particularly helpful and I got a very quick response from Shaun. Meeting with Shaun was reassuring and made me confident in becoming a client. Shaun has since been very helpful, with excellent communication and prompt responses to any questions I have. He is very accommodating in arranging meetings to suit my time in the UK and has been excellent at writing documents that are keeping things on the right track. He has also been very diligent at following things up for me and I am pleased to have chosen Shaun as my lawyer to represent me in this matter.

Bryan

Great session. Alan is so informative, great presenter and I learnt a lot!

NZRDA conference attendee

Alan is the most relatable lawyer I’ve ever listened to! Good content and delivery. Relevant.

NZRDA conference attendee

A lot of information that Alan presented clearly and concisely.

NZRDA conference attendee

Rainey Collins has been helpful in providing me with support to find a solution. They have been clear about costs and send me regular updates. Highly recommended."

Stephen

Thank you Alan once again for presenting at our conference. We have received some great feedback about your sessions; you have a relaxed presentation style, that you sprinkle with humour, that is easy to listen to and to “get the message”.

NZRDA

Despite the time constraints and holiday season, Alan displayed remarkable professionalism and commitment. His swift response and proactive approach ensured that our matter was addressed in a timely way, providing us with peace of mind and the confidence that we were in capable hands.

I would also like to highlight the ongoing engagement and workshops offered by the Rainey Collins team. These sessions have been invaluable in helping us develop our knowledge on important matters such as wills, Māori land use, Trusts, and more. Alan's expertise and willingness to share his insights helped us to make informed decisions and navigate complex legal matters with confidence. 

Herani

If you require legal representation or assistance then I can recommend the team at Rainey Collins. Most impressive has been their accessibility and immediacy of communication, which was crucial at the time. Their depth of knowledge within their expert fields was imparted with an experienced and considered approach creating a sense of confidence in their professionalism and services.

Pip

I was so impressed with the service I got from Therese three years ago when I bought a house that I came back again for the refinancing without a second thought. Incredibly time-efficient, but diligent and precise where it matters most. 10/10 would highly recommend

Joe

Presenter was excellent: clear, topical & structured well

Neil

Thank you. I got a lot out of it. Look forward to other webinars and increasing my knowledge.

Rebecca

Rainey Collins Webinars and Newsletters provide excellent insights. 

Bruce

Claire is super on to it and very knowledgeable. Great comms and always has several options and keeps us updated with our legal stuff! Highly recommend. 

Kay

Excellent communication. Senior partner replying to my query in a timely way and very helpful advice. How cool is that!

Ken

Alan from Rainey Collins agreed to help me in the middle of a very difficult process and from the moment I made contact was incredibly responsive,  thoughtful, legally astute as well as practically minded. Alan would either respond virtually straight away, or let me know when he could respond - I don't think you can get any better than that. In the most part, with correspondence, I drafted and Alan reviewed, which worked really well for me and was very gracious of Alan. When Alan drafted, the work was of the highest quality. We have decided to put all our affairs with Rainey Collins and feel very confident we are in good hands. Thanks Alan and the team.

Darryl

Went to see Alan in 2019 with a tricky situation at work. His advice was reassuring, practical and pragmatic. He didn’t beat his chest like some lawyers and shout ‘they can’t do this’, or ‘we will sort this out’, he very calmly asked what I wanted, and then gave me some simple options. When it started to get difficult with work, as we expected it would, Alan was always there, offering sage advice, and being a rock in what would otherwise have been super stressful. Like all experts he doesn’t shout about it and his advice seems to come from a position of strength from very in-depth knowledge.

While I knew what the fees were (as you agree these in advance) I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the process to find out I had not to be bankrupted: he seems to charge for the work he does, as opposed to charging for a new Mercedes he’d like to have for Christmas (like some firms).

Overall, if you have an issue at work, and want some practical help that won’t break the bank, but will reduce your blood pressure, then I wouldn’t hesitate to use Alan. 

Bob

I have been using Rainey Collins lawyers for the last 10 years. They are my "go to" for any legal advice. I highly recommend them. They are professional and give informative advice.

Michelle 

We had an issue arise while in the States that could only be dealt with through a lawyer in New Zealand. Contrary to another review I just read and why I wanted to review Rainey Collins, they were the only lawyer who took the time to speak with us. Immediately our main contact (we are still in process so don't want to say whom as this is public) was empathetic, very sharp and eloquent. The party which had caused harmed banked on the fact that we wouldn't figure out what they had done because we were across the continent and that we wouldn't be able to get a lawyer, piece together the countless criminal acts, be able to legally reach or file a complaint against their lawyer or be able to fight this.

Even though we get emotional we DO appreciate how much Rainey Collins respects the court and the law as we like to work with people that have integrity and are thorough. They are a perfect balance as a law firm; fair, priced well but reasonable, communicative, allow us to feel and participate in our case and treats us kindly and with respect. I wish they were here in the States and could be my Business lawyers.

I have no doubt that however this turns out they were our best chance at righting great wrongs from all the way across the world ❤ We love our two lawyers and all the others lawyers there who have helped us thus far 🙏  

Kerry

We have used Rainey Collins for 16 years and they have advised us on personal and commercial matters. They have a good depth of knowledge and their advice is always professional and accurate. Great to deal with personally and professionally.

Elmar

Rainey Collins has provided employment advice for us for the past 8 years. At all times they have been extremely helpful, efficient and caring. I highly recommend their services. 

Jenny

Very professional, quick and effective service. I sent a generic email on the Friday morning as I was having a dispute with a motor vehicle dealer, in the afternoon a partner replied and on Monday a letter was written. Two days later I had the outcome I was hoping for. 

Alex

Fantastic experience dealing with Alan at Rainey Collins... quick, to the point, hassle-free, and most of all... genuinely helpful. :)

Brandon

Their helpful, friendly approach and solution focused capabilities have meant it is always a pleasure doing business with Alan and his team. Anybody looking  for legal advice around a property transaction would well advised to talk with Rainey Collins.

William

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l always appreciate your immediate availability for my needs and the security of your advice.

Tessa

Being resident in the UK i needed the services of a lawyer to help resolve a difficult situation in Wellington.
After completing my research i chose Alan Knowsley from Rainey Collins. From the outset, his knowledge, experience, insight and assurances gave me a huge amount of confidence. Using his suggestions and guidance, i was able to bring the matter to a very satisfactory close. I would wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone seeking professional guidance and assistance.

Keith

Hi Laurie,

Just dropping a line to thank you for your help with our sale and purchases, you made it really easy and explained everything we needed to know before we even knew we didn't know it! Not your first rodeo I'm sure. We're in our new house and couldn't be happier, and will be in contact about our wills. 

Cheers for being so friendly and accommodating, and doing great work to boot!

Lindsay

Over the years I have had occasion to consult the lawyers at Rainey Collins in Wellington on a range of different issues and have always found them to be extremely efficient, reasonable and courteous. In one or two tricky situations they have been highly professional and gently reassuring.

John

Ngati Wehi Wehi engaged Rainey Collins to represent our claim Wai 1482 in the treaty claims process 20 + years ago. Peter Johnston and his very capable team of lawyers, has provided a high level of support and guidance during those years. The treaty process can be complex to navigate and the guidance we have received over a long period of time has been of a consistently high calibre, which is essential to make good progress. Our relationship has grown in strength and trust, and we look forward to the future with confidence. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

Paddy

I have found Rainey Collins to be very accessible over the last ten plus years. For me, this means quick advice on the phone, meetings as needed and timely analysis. Their advice has been easily understood by me and is given in a helpful manner. 

Simon

Kia Ora Peter, 

I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service and professionalism on behalf of myself and Kauwhata, for over twenty years we have received your vast experience concerning Waitangi Tribunal treaty claims.

The most treasured time and there have been many, was Kauwhata's presentations to the Waitangi Tribunal, I realised the importance and value of Rainey Collins. Without your support we would never have had such an unforgettable and successful experience for all the whanau who presented their evidence.

Special thanks to Emily

Mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.

Rodney

Gianna, your services were great, Monica was my primary contact and she could not have been more helpful and professional.

Ken

As an overseas client, it was difficult to find legal representation in New Zealand, until I found Rainey Collins. The online self referral form was particularly helpful and I got a very quick response from Shaun. Meeting with Shaun was reassuring and made me confident in becoming a client. Shaun has since been very helpful, with excellent communication and prompt responses to any questions I have. He is very accommodating in arranging meetings to suit my time in the UK and has been excellent at writing documents that are keeping things on the right track. He has also been very diligent at following things up for me and I am pleased to have chosen Shaun as my lawyer to represent me in this matter.

Bryan

Great session. Alan is so informative, great presenter and I learnt a lot!

NZRDA conference attendee

Alan is the most relatable lawyer I’ve ever listened to! Good content and delivery. Relevant.

NZRDA conference attendee

A lot of information that Alan presented clearly and concisely.

NZRDA conference attendee

Rainey Collins has been helpful in providing me with support to find a solution. They have been clear about costs and send me regular updates. Highly recommended."

Stephen

Thank you Alan once again for presenting at our conference. We have received some great feedback about your sessions; you have a relaxed presentation style, that you sprinkle with humour, that is easy to listen to and to “get the message”.

NZRDA

Despite the time constraints and holiday season, Alan displayed remarkable professionalism and commitment. His swift response and proactive approach ensured that our matter was addressed in a timely way, providing us with peace of mind and the confidence that we were in capable hands.

I would also like to highlight the ongoing engagement and workshops offered by the Rainey Collins team. These sessions have been invaluable in helping us develop our knowledge on important matters such as wills, Māori land use, Trusts, and more. Alan's expertise and willingness to share his insights helped us to make informed decisions and navigate complex legal matters with confidence. 

Herani

If you require legal representation or assistance then I can recommend the team at Rainey Collins. Most impressive has been their accessibility and immediacy of communication, which was crucial at the time. Their depth of knowledge within their expert fields was imparted with an experienced and considered approach creating a sense of confidence in their professionalism and services.

Pip

I was so impressed with the service I got from Therese three years ago when I bought a house that I came back again for the refinancing without a second thought. Incredibly time-efficient, but diligent and precise where it matters most. 10/10 would highly recommend

Joe

Presenter was excellent: clear, topical & structured well

Neil

Thank you. I got a lot out of it. Look forward to other webinars and increasing my knowledge.

Rebecca

Rainey Collins Webinars and Newsletters provide excellent insights. 

Bruce

Claire is super on to it and very knowledgeable. Great comms and always has several options and keeps us updated with our legal stuff! Highly recommend. 

Kay

Excellent communication. Senior partner replying to my query in a timely way and very helpful advice. How cool is that!

Ken

Alan from Rainey Collins agreed to help me in the middle of a very difficult process and from the moment I made contact was incredibly responsive,  thoughtful, legally astute as well as practically minded. Alan would either respond virtually straight away, or let me know when he could respond - I don't think you can get any better than that. In the most part, with correspondence, I drafted and Alan reviewed, which worked really well for me and was very gracious of Alan. When Alan drafted, the work was of the highest quality. We have decided to put all our affairs with Rainey Collins and feel very confident we are in good hands. Thanks Alan and the team.

Darryl

Went to see Alan in 2019 with a tricky situation at work. His advice was reassuring, practical and pragmatic. He didn’t beat his chest like some lawyers and shout ‘they can’t do this’, or ‘we will sort this out’, he very calmly asked what I wanted, and then gave me some simple options. When it started to get difficult with work, as we expected it would, Alan was always there, offering sage advice, and being a rock in what would otherwise have been super stressful. Like all experts he doesn’t shout about it and his advice seems to come from a position of strength from very in-depth knowledge.

While I knew what the fees were (as you agree these in advance) I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the process to find out I had not to be bankrupted: he seems to charge for the work he does, as opposed to charging for a new Mercedes he’d like to have for Christmas (like some firms).

Overall, if you have an issue at work, and want some practical help that won’t break the bank, but will reduce your blood pressure, then I wouldn’t hesitate to use Alan. 

Bob

I have been using Rainey Collins lawyers for the last 10 years. They are my "go to" for any legal advice. I highly recommend them. They are professional and give informative advice.

Michelle 

We had an issue arise while in the States that could only be dealt with through a lawyer in New Zealand. Contrary to another review I just read and why I wanted to review Rainey Collins, they were the only lawyer who took the time to speak with us. Immediately our main contact (we are still in process so don't want to say whom as this is public) was empathetic, very sharp and eloquent. The party which had caused harmed banked on the fact that we wouldn't figure out what they had done because we were across the continent and that we wouldn't be able to get a lawyer, piece together the countless criminal acts, be able to legally reach or file a complaint against their lawyer or be able to fight this.

Even though we get emotional we DO appreciate how much Rainey Collins respects the court and the law as we like to work with people that have integrity and are thorough. They are a perfect balance as a law firm; fair, priced well but reasonable, communicative, allow us to feel and participate in our case and treats us kindly and with respect. I wish they were here in the States and could be my Business lawyers.

I have no doubt that however this turns out they were our best chance at righting great wrongs from all the way across the world ❤ We love our two lawyers and all the others lawyers there who have helped us thus far 🙏  

Kerry

We have used Rainey Collins for 16 years and they have advised us on personal and commercial matters. They have a good depth of knowledge and their advice is always professional and accurate. Great to deal with personally and professionally.

Elmar

Rainey Collins has provided employment advice for us for the past 8 years. At all times they have been extremely helpful, efficient and caring. I highly recommend their services. 

Jenny

Very professional, quick and effective service. I sent a generic email on the Friday morning as I was having a dispute with a motor vehicle dealer, in the afternoon a partner replied and on Monday a letter was written. Two days later I had the outcome I was hoping for. 

Alex

Fantastic experience dealing with Alan at Rainey Collins... quick, to the point, hassle-free, and most of all... genuinely helpful. :)

Brandon

Their helpful, friendly approach and solution focused capabilities have meant it is always a pleasure doing business with Alan and his team. Anybody looking  for legal advice around a property transaction would well advised to talk with Rainey Collins.

William

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l always appreciate your immediate availability for my needs and the security of your advice.

Tessa

Being resident in the UK i needed the services of a lawyer to help resolve a difficult situation in Wellington.
After completing my research i chose Alan Knowsley from Rainey Collins. From the outset, his knowledge, experience, insight and assurances gave me a huge amount of confidence. Using his suggestions and guidance, i was able to bring the matter to a very satisfactory close. I would wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone seeking professional guidance and assistance.

Keith

Hi Laurie,

Just dropping a line to thank you for your help with our sale and purchases, you made it really easy and explained everything we needed to know before we even knew we didn't know it! Not your first rodeo I'm sure. We're in our new house and couldn't be happier, and will be in contact about our wills. 

Cheers for being so friendly and accommodating, and doing great work to boot!

Lindsay

Over the years I have had occasion to consult the lawyers at Rainey Collins in Wellington on a range of different issues and have always found them to be extremely efficient, reasonable and courteous. In one or two tricky situations they have been highly professional and gently reassuring.

John

Ngati Wehi Wehi engaged Rainey Collins to represent our claim Wai 1482 in the treaty claims process 20 + years ago. Peter Johnston and his very capable team of lawyers, has provided a high level of support and guidance during those years. The treaty process can be complex to navigate and the guidance we have received over a long period of time has been of a consistently high calibre, which is essential to make good progress. Our relationship has grown in strength and trust, and we look forward to the future with confidence. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

Paddy

I have found Rainey Collins to be very accessible over the last ten plus years. For me, this means quick advice on the phone, meetings as needed and timely analysis. Their advice has been easily understood by me and is given in a helpful manner. 

Simon

Kia Ora Peter, 

I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service and professionalism on behalf of myself and Kauwhata, for over twenty years we have received your vast experience concerning Waitangi Tribunal treaty claims.

The most treasured time and there have been many, was Kauwhata's presentations to the Waitangi Tribunal, I realised the importance and value of Rainey Collins. Without your support we would never have had such an unforgettable and successful experience for all the whanau who presented their evidence.

Special thanks to Emily

Mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.

Rodney

Gianna, your services were great, Monica was my primary contact and she could not have been more helpful and professional.

Ken

As an overseas client, it was difficult to find legal representation in New Zealand, until I found Rainey Collins. The online self referral form was particularly helpful and I got a very quick response from Shaun. Meeting with Shaun was reassuring and made me confident in becoming a client. Shaun has since been very helpful, with excellent communication and prompt responses to any questions I have. He is very accommodating in arranging meetings to suit my time in the UK and has been excellent at writing documents that are keeping things on the right track. He has also been very diligent at following things up for me and I am pleased to have chosen Shaun as my lawyer to represent me in this matter.

Bryan

Great session. Alan is so informative, great presenter and I learnt a lot!

NZRDA conference attendee

Alan is the most relatable lawyer I’ve ever listened to! Good content and delivery. Relevant.

NZRDA conference attendee

A lot of information that Alan presented clearly and concisely.

NZRDA conference attendee

Rainey Collins has been helpful in providing me with support to find a solution. They have been clear about costs and send me regular updates. Highly recommended."

Stephen

Thank you Alan once again for presenting at our conference. We have received some great feedback about your sessions; you have a relaxed presentation style, that you sprinkle with humour, that is easy to listen to and to “get the message”.

NZRDA

Despite the time constraints and holiday season, Alan displayed remarkable professionalism and commitment. His swift response and proactive approach ensured that our matter was addressed in a timely way, providing us with peace of mind and the confidence that we were in capable hands.

I would also like to highlight the ongoing engagement and workshops offered by the Rainey Collins team. These sessions have been invaluable in helping us develop our knowledge on important matters such as wills, Māori land use, Trusts, and more. Alan's expertise and willingness to share his insights helped us to make informed decisions and navigate complex legal matters with confidence. 

Herani

If you require legal representation or assistance then I can recommend the team at Rainey Collins. Most impressive has been their accessibility and immediacy of communication, which was crucial at the time. Their depth of knowledge within their expert fields was imparted with an experienced and considered approach creating a sense of confidence in their professionalism and services.

Pip

I was so impressed with the service I got from Therese three years ago when I bought a house that I came back again for the refinancing without a second thought. Incredibly time-efficient, but diligent and precise where it matters most. 10/10 would highly recommend

Joe

Presenter was excellent: clear, topical & structured well

Neil

Thank you. I got a lot out of it. Look forward to other webinars and increasing my knowledge.

Rebecca

Rainey Collins Webinars and Newsletters provide excellent insights. 

Bruce

Claire is super on to it and very knowledgeable. Great comms and always has several options and keeps us updated with our legal stuff! Highly recommend. 

Kay

Excellent communication. Senior partner replying to my query in a timely way and very helpful advice. How cool is that!

Ken

Alan from Rainey Collins agreed to help me in the middle of a very difficult process and from the moment I made contact was incredibly responsive,  thoughtful, legally astute as well as practically minded. Alan would either respond virtually straight away, or let me know when he could respond - I don't think you can get any better than that. In the most part, with correspondence, I drafted and Alan reviewed, which worked really well for me and was very gracious of Alan. When Alan drafted, the work was of the highest quality. We have decided to put all our affairs with Rainey Collins and feel very confident we are in good hands. Thanks Alan and the team.

Darryl

Went to see Alan in 2019 with a tricky situation at work. His advice was reassuring, practical and pragmatic. He didn’t beat his chest like some lawyers and shout ‘they can’t do this’, or ‘we will sort this out’, he very calmly asked what I wanted, and then gave me some simple options. When it started to get difficult with work, as we expected it would, Alan was always there, offering sage advice, and being a rock in what would otherwise have been super stressful. Like all experts he doesn’t shout about it and his advice seems to come from a position of strength from very in-depth knowledge.

While I knew what the fees were (as you agree these in advance) I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the process to find out I had not to be bankrupted: he seems to charge for the work he does, as opposed to charging for a new Mercedes he’d like to have for Christmas (like some firms).

Overall, if you have an issue at work, and want some practical help that won’t break the bank, but will reduce your blood pressure, then I wouldn’t hesitate to use Alan. 

Bob

I have been using Rainey Collins lawyers for the last 10 years. They are my "go to" for any legal advice. I highly recommend them. They are professional and give informative advice.

Michelle 

We had an issue arise while in the States that could only be dealt with through a lawyer in New Zealand. Contrary to another review I just read and why I wanted to review Rainey Collins, they were the only lawyer who took the time to speak with us. Immediately our main contact (we are still in process so don't want to say whom as this is public) was empathetic, very sharp and eloquent. The party which had caused harmed banked on the fact that we wouldn't figure out what they had done because we were across the continent and that we wouldn't be able to get a lawyer, piece together the countless criminal acts, be able to legally reach or file a complaint against their lawyer or be able to fight this.

Even though we get emotional we DO appreciate how much Rainey Collins respects the court and the law as we like to work with people that have integrity and are thorough. They are a perfect balance as a law firm; fair, priced well but reasonable, communicative, allow us to feel and participate in our case and treats us kindly and with respect. I wish they were here in the States and could be my Business lawyers.

I have no doubt that however this turns out they were our best chance at righting great wrongs from all the way across the world ❤ We love our two lawyers and all the others lawyers there who have helped us thus far 🙏  

Kerry

We have used Rainey Collins for 16 years and they have advised us on personal and commercial matters. They have a good depth of knowledge and their advice is always professional and accurate. Great to deal with personally and professionally.

Elmar

Rainey Collins has provided employment advice for us for the past 8 years. At all times they have been extremely helpful, efficient and caring. I highly recommend their services. 

Jenny

Very professional, quick and effective service. I sent a generic email on the Friday morning as I was having a dispute with a motor vehicle dealer, in the afternoon a partner replied and on Monday a letter was written. Two days later I had the outcome I was hoping for. 

Alex

Fantastic experience dealing with Alan at Rainey Collins... quick, to the point, hassle-free, and most of all... genuinely helpful. :)

Brandon

Their helpful, friendly approach and solution focused capabilities have meant it is always a pleasure doing business with Alan and his team. Anybody looking  for legal advice around a property transaction would well advised to talk with Rainey Collins.

William