Wynn Williams is one of New Zealand's leading trust law litigation firms. We have a specialist trust litigation team dedicated to this area.
Wynn Williams has unrivalled expertise in disputes involving trusts – whether family trusts, charitable or trusts used for commercial purposes.  That expertise is invaluable to clients as the increasingly frequent use of trusts means problems regularly arise in this complex legal area.  Our leading reputation is recognised throughout the legal profession; our partners have contributed to New Zealand's leading text on equity and trusts, are frequently published in academic journals and regularly invited to present at seminars and conferences by the New Zealand Law Society.
Our trust litigation team has acted in many of New Zealand's leading cases involving trust and fiduciary law.   Wynn Williams regularly acts in trust disputes in commercial, charitable, relationship property, and private client contexts. The trust litigation team adds value by providing quick, clear advice in one of the law's most complex areas. 
Our trust litigation team takes instructions from solicitors, accountants, banks, and trustee companies throughout New Zealand.

Reported Decisions

  • Great Christchurch Buildings Trust v Church Property Trustees [2013] 3 NZLR 597
  • Great Christchurch Buildings Trust v Church Property Trustees [2013] 2 NZLR 230
  • Kain v Hutton [2008] 3 NZLR 589
  • Kain v Hutton [2007] 3 NZLR 349
  • Chirnside & Rattray Properties Ltd v Fay, Supreme Court [2004] 3 NZLR 689 (CA)
  • Morris v Templeton (2000) 14 PRNZ 397
  • Chirnside v Fay [2007] 1 NZLR 433
  • Powell v Powell [2014] NZHC 476
  • Church Property Trustees v Attorney-General [2013] 2 NZLR 428
  • Gough v Strahl [2013] NZHC 3184
  • Tui Trust Mining Limited v Minister of Energy (2011) 16 ELRNZ 505; [2012] NZRMA 25
  • Savin v De Vere (1986) 3 NZ ConvC 99, 703

Recent Projects

  • Representing estate beneficiaries challenging a will.
  • Successfully acted for clients in relationship property disputes involving 'trust busting'.
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