RVG Law exists to deliver personalised property and business law from the best in the game.
Except, we’re different. We’re cutting edge and personal. We’re transparent and easy to deal with. We’re efficient and really very good at what we do.
With physical offices in Christchurch and Queenstown, RVG Law is for anyone requiring property and business legal help in New Zealand. From transactions to contracts, disputes, and beyond: Our legal experts are here to get the best legal results for our clients, while building the best relationships with them, too.
We have made RVG Law a tight knit firm, because we think our clients should always deal directly with their lawyer, and we have invested in some great technology to ensure dealing with us is easy peasy. No unnecessary paperwork, no back-and-forth, no phone tag; just us, dealing with you.
RVG Law is property and business law streamlined, so our clients who will always know exactly who, and what, they’re paying for: Personalised legal advice.
Director & Partner
Janine is one of the brains behind this operation, bringing an enormous amount of experience, formidable expertise, and endless enthusiasm to RVG Law. When it comes to both residential and commercial property law, Janine is one of the best in the business; and strives to deliver nothing short of the best possible results for her clients. Sales, purchases, and lease agreements; land, buildings and negotiations; due diligence, disputes, advice, and portfolio management: It’s all part of Janine’s repertoire. Janine started RVG Law to break the mould of legal services in New Zealand, she wants to build better relationships with her clients through more efficient services. She wants to speak directly to her clients, get to know them, and simply put; give them really very good legal advice. If you’re involved in a property-related transaction, Janine can help you. She’s here for buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords, real estate agents, developers, investors, subdividers, and anyone else with a problem, query, or deal to be done.
“RVG is my chance to practice law I know people want: Easy, accessible, and clear. I used to bump into my clients on the street and they would be wearing their normal clothes and be so relaxed, but when they come in and see me they’d get dressed up and act so formal. I want them to feel comfortable when they’re working with me; we can still build robust professional relationships without unnecessary formalities.”
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Director & Partner
Commercial property and business law is Steve’s bread and butter. He’s spent 23 years honing his knowledge and giving robust, informed advice to his clients and their businesses. Now, he’s co-founded RVG so he can get them even better results. Steve’s been involved in some big property deals over the years (and some small ones too) and it just never gets old for him. He knows yields, he knows square metre rates, he knows banks. He knows clauses and contracts and what landlords and developers can use to their advantage. He’s done syndications. He looks after lots of large developers and landlords throughout the South Island, and is always keen to look after more. When it comes to starting, selling, running, scaling and selling your business, Steve’s the guy to talk to. He’ll guide you through everything, he’ll make sure you’re covered for any issues which may present down the track, but most of all, he’ll actually give you advice you can use. Steve leverages his experience and legal nous to give his clients solid answers. No fence sitting. No wishy-washy options. He cuts to the chase quickly and clearly, using plain English to offer an expert opinion you can trust.
“Good business and property lawyers give people advice they can actually use, and I use the benefit of my experience to guide people through their issues. I’ve spent years helping clients manage their businesses and commercial property portfolios, and now with RVG – I get to do it even better. Being able to develop better relationships and work under a new business framework is going to be better for my clients, and hopefully raise the bar for the whole industry.”
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Director & Partner
Meet Tim. Tim is a savvy commercial lawyer with some pretty impressive experience under his belt. He’s worked with the leading law firms throughout New Zealand and London, where he has dabbled in some hefty commercial transactions, managed some formidable clients, and come up with some impressively practical solutions to complicated problems. Yeah, he’s a bit of a whizz. Tim is all about strategy, and thrives providing expert legal advice - especially when it comes to all things business and property related. We’ve seen how Tim’s deep understanding of the business world adds an extra layer of value for his clients, too.
“The business landscape is changing rapidly, and anyone doing business in New Zealand deserves lawyers who are not only dynamic enough to adapt quickly, but also have the experience and expertise to back it up. RVG Law is our chance to give not only expert legal advice, but to operate in ways which reflect how the commercial world is evolving, too.”
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Director & Partner
Another co-founder and another property law guru, Emily turns the hard and complex bits of the property ladder into more of a convenient, easy-access escalator for her clients. Emily’s done the hard yards for her clients, working on everything from sales and purchases of residential and commercial property, through to mitigating Canterbury earthquake issues. Her expertise in working with developers on large residential subdivisions and Unit Title developments has seen her become quite the sought after legal mind.
“I believe in adding value to clients by engaging with them as early on in their projects as possible. I’ve seen how this can save them so much time and money in the short term, and avoid problems down the track, too. With the structure and governance of RVG Law bringing a fresh new approach to the legal industry, we’ll be able to increase these wins for our clients even further.”
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Bridgette is our star Associate who has been continuously kicking goals for us and our clients over the last few years. She touched almost all areas of property & business law and she's really very good at what she does!
Bridgette is our star Associate who has been continuously kicking goals for us and our clients over the last few years. She touched almost all areas of property & business law and she’s really very good at what she does!
Steph is our newest, bright star solicitor from Otago University. She's just recently been admitted to the Legal Bar but has already had plenty of hands-on experience since the start of 2021. She's enjoying the RVG environment so far and is looking forward to ripping into the work.
Registered Legal Executive, Christchurch
Holly is our legal exec legend in our Christchurch office. She’s worked with Janine and Emily for years and is mad keen on conveyancing. She's recently completed all her exams with flying colours and is now fully registered. She owns her own house too so call Holly for anything related to property and she’ll know what to do.
Office Boss, Christchurch
Jo is the new boss of our Christchurch office. She's only just recently joined the team but has hit the ground running and is luving it! She's our right hand, left hand, both arms and feet, central nervous system woman. You get the idea. Call Jo for anything and she'll know what to do.
Office Boss, Queenstown
Michelle is the boss of RVG Law’s Queenstown office. She’s more like the backbone, actually. She makes things happen. She gets it done. As our administration professional, Michelle doesn’t just have her finger on the pulse of everything happening at RVG - she IS the pulse. Without Michelle, we don’t know where we’d be. But it probably wouldn’t be pretty. Contact Michelle for anything you need from us, she’ll sort you out.