Stainton Chellew Barristers & Solicitors

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About Us

An experienced team of legal professionals

The principal leads an experienced team of legal professionals who have a strong business focus and a reputation for providing high quality work and successful outcomes. The firm has a history tracing back to the 1920s and a tradition of developing solid long-term relationships with businesspeople, companies and generations of families.

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Meet the team

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Bruce Stainton

Bachelor of Law, Otago University.

Bruce specialises as a litigator and has had extensive experience in commercial litigation, civil and criminal litigation and military law. He was appointed President of the Armed Forces Law Association of New Zealand in 2002.

Bruce attained the rank of Major in the New Zealand army and was awarded an Efficiency Decoration by the Governor General for his services to the military in New Zealand. Bruce leads our highly successful litigation and dispute resolution team. Bruce is experienced both as defence lawyer and as a prosecutor.

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Henry Chellew

Bachelor of Law, Auckland University. Post Graduate Dip.

Intellectual Property Law, Auckland University.

Henry specialises in the areas of Commercial Law, Property Transactions, and Trusts and heads that team within the firm. His Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law adds further expertise to his specialist areas of practice. Henry has a broad depth of valuable commercial knowledge and connections that add to his advice and solutions.



We focus on providing efficient high quality legal services and solutions. This means access to the principal and key people when you need it, prompt and professional communication when you need it, and intelligent and effective advice when you need it! We are very proud of our origins as a general practice law firm – in a world of ever increasing specialisation we believe our broad knowledge and experience gives us valuable perspective and sets us apart. We bring that knowledge and experience to all our core areas of legal practice.
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You and your business

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You and your family

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Specialist areas

You and Your Business

We provide high quality legal services and solutions to help businesses grow and succeed. We have extensive experience working with businesses and can help with advice and services at any stage of a business’s life, from concept and start up, through growth and expansion, right through to sale or winding down.

your business

We can help you with:

  • Advice on business structures
  • Employment contracts
  • Contractor agreements and employment disputes
  • Buying and selling a business
  • Starting a business
  • Franchises
  • Commercial leases & licences
  • Trade contracts and terms of trade agreements
  • Shareholder disputes & company law
  • Computer supply & software maintenance agreements
  • E-commerce contracts and advice
  • Debt collection & debt enforcement
  • Property-investment, acquisition, ventures, development
  • Local Government/Council issues
  • Litigation - see Specialist Areas below.
  • Relocation to New Zealand
  • Due diligence
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Russian speaking lawyer

You and Your Family

We understand no two families are the same. We take a special interest in helping people with asset protection and long term planning matters.

your family

We can help you with:

  • Asset Protection
  • Estate Planning - including with complex family arrangements or other circumstances
  • Forming Companies and Partnerships
  • Family Trusts
  • Wills
  • Deceased Estates
  • Matrimonial
  • Relationship Property Agreements
  • Relocation to New Zealand
  • Property-Conveyancing, buying, selling, investment
  • Court Work-civil claims, injunctions
  • Immigration Law

Specialist Areas

We have partners and professional staff with considerable experience and specialist interest in specific areas.


We have specialist experience and can help you with:

  • Commercial and civil litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Resource Management Act disputes
  • Public Works Act land acquisitions
  • Business Law
  • Shareholder Agreements and disputes
  • Trusts and Charitable Trusts
  • Negotiating and drafting Commercial Contracts
  • Commercial Property Transactions and leases
  • Property [Relationships] Act divisions
  • Military Law
  • Harrasment disputes

We also have long-standing professional relationships with a range of leading experts in different legal fields and are proud to be able to consult and refer people to them.


Contact Us

Physical Address

6th Floor
2 Emily Place
Auckland, New Zealand

Postal Address

P O Box 989
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 373-2447
Fax: +64 9 307-2093

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Car Park

Available free to clients. Please call us to confirm availability.

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