Made-to-measure legal solutions

  • 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.

Day to day advice for business

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Employment matters
  • Managing workplace issues including disciplinary and performance management, personal grievances, restructuring and redundancies; employment relations training and upskilling.
  • Refreshing employee documentation including employment agreements and policies, independent contractor and consultancy agreements.
  •  Managing employee departures including restraints of trade. 
Commercial relationships
  • Supporting all stages of contract negotiation - from hands-on drafting and negotiation of workable commercial terms through to contract negotiation training for sales staff and contract managers.
  • Drafting and refreshing terms and conditions of business.
  • Reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements including marketing and promotional agreements, partnership agreements, services agreements.
Marketing and communication
  • Reviewing marketing and promotional material.
  • Advising on legal aspects of external engagement and corporate affairs.
  • Managing disputes with third parties, including customers, suppliers and clients.
  • Practical guidance to de-escalate potential disputes in their early stages.
  • Competitor disputes and brand protection; protection of intellectual property including trade marks.
Trade marks & intellectual property
  • Trade mark registration, through our trusted third party provider
  • Advice on brand protection
  • Privacy documentation including privacy policies
  • Reviewing privacy practices for compliance

Support for business growth

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Business expansion
  • Support with deal readiness including preparation for purchase, acquisition or public offering.
  • Health check for future due diligence readiness and strategic legal advice for new business ventures.
  • Professionalising governance frameworks; director duties training and upskilling.

In-house legal team development and support

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In-house legal setup and growth
  • Assisting scaling startups with establishing new legal team functions.
  • Developing and optimising small in-house functions - streamlining workflows and ways of working.
  • Optimising law firm engagement - maximising the value of external legal advisors.
  • Mentoring and supporting sole legal counsel and lawyers new to in-house.

"I was impressed at how quickly Emily understood what we were trying to achieve and offered a solution that fit our budget, and our values as a business".

Suzie Sneddon, Founder - Base Law (NZ)

"We love working with De Novo, it’s a huge comfort knowing we have access to high quality legal advice as and when we need it."

Jaime Gallocher, Founder - The People Project (NZ)

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