Your outsourced general counsel providing a made-to-measure legal service

Letting you concentrate on what matters

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You’re busy
Managing staff, customers and day to day challenges is enough to keep you busy, whatever stage your business is at. When legal issues arise, you need a trusted adviser on hand to navigate a way forward.

Let us help ease the pain  
De Novo Legal is here to support you with flexible, responsive legal advice that doesn't slow you down. Let us help take the pain away and keep you focused on what matters.

And create a positive path forward
We'll cut out the complexity and help find practical solutions that suit your business and allow you to move forward with confidence.

A new kind of legal partner

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Law, light on its feet
De Novo Legal is a new kind of legal partner. Being an outsourced general counsel means we offer flexible, scalable and cost-effective access to an experienced senior lawyer, able to work directly with you to find solutions that suit your business.

Experienced experts and made-to-measure solutions
Founded by a former General Counsel with extensive experience both in-house and in large private practice, De Novo Legal takes the time to understand your wider business objectives and offers technical expertise you can practically implement.

A true partner and an extension of your business
De Novo Legal works with you as a true business partner, drawing on experience gained with organisations of varying sizes and across a range of industries. De Novo Legal works alongside you as needed, as a flexible extension of your business.

Your first legal touchpoint for all commercial matters

  • Drafting terms
  • Contract negotiation

Contracts & Terms of Business

  • Performance, conduct & restructuring
  • Grievances


  • Commercial contracts
  • General advisory

General Commercial

  • Brand protection
  • Registration

Trade marks & IP

  • Policies
  • Privacy compliance


  • Commercial disputes
  • De-escalation & resolution


  • Diligence preparation
  • Health checks

Deal readiness

We also have a network of trusted providers that we draw on when necessary.
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Top shelf experience in your bottom drawer

Former General Counsel with commercial & employment expertise

  • Former General Counsel & senior in-house lawyer
  • Experience across a range of organisations and industries in New Zealand and Australia  
  • Top-tier law firm experience

More than 15 years' experience across a range of sectors

  • Telecommunications
  • Recruitment
  • Advertising
  • Technology
  • Professional services
  • Industrial equipment hire
  • IT services

Experience with a variety of businesses across NZ & Australia

  • Vodafone
  • Hireup
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Fujitsu Australia
  • Onsite Rental Group
  • Hays Specialist Recruitment
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Salmat (now IVE Group)
  • Russell McVeagh
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“Emily is a true business partner, able to navigate through complexity to find practical and commercially sensible solutions that work. She’s thorough, down to earth, always responsive with a great sense of empathy”.

Florian Grenier, Head of Risk - Hireup (Sydney)

Confidence in your legal spend

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A quality solution that’s cost effective
Quality advice is now within your reach.  De Novo Legal gives you the assurance of ready access to an experienced lawyer as and when you need it, on terms that suit your budget.

Through an efficient way of working
We don't come with high overheads or require additional headcount. With De Novo Legal, you get the benefit of our light footprint and can be confident in the value of your legal spend.

Designed to suit your needs
Our client-focused approach means we take the time to listen and tailor our approach to suit your needs, whether it’s a few hours a week, a couple of days a fortnight, or just for a one-off project.

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