Civil Litigation

Commercial & Cost-Effective

Our approach is to manage disputes in a commercial and cost-effective way to achieve your objectives as the client. This includes exploring settlement options and other dispute resolution methods when appropriate. We seek to identify key issues early, assess the strengths and weaknesses of your position, and determine the best overall strategy for you - whether through formal litigation, mediation, negotiation or other dispute resolution techniques.

In order to deliver value to you in this area, we understand that a good understanding of your business and commercial needs is fundamental.

We understand that a good understanding of your business and commercial needs is fundamental to delivering value to you in this area.

We have acted in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and specialist tribunals and commissions.

Our firm's practice covers the full range of commercial disputes and we assist clients in many areas, including:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Commerce Act and competition matters
  • Commercial property disputes
  • Debt Recovery
  • Insolvency
  • Judicial reviews and appeals against decision-makers
  • Liability of corporate trustees, directors and auditors
  • Partnership disputes
  • Arbitrations
  • Broadcasting Standards Authority proceedings
  • Tax litigation
  • Media Law
  • Advising and working with overseas firms and clients

We believe that we have the skills and experience to deliver effective results for our clients.

We have:

  • Outstanding specialist expertise in the dispute resolution and litigation area.
  • Tailored work to suit the subject matter and our clients' needs.
  • The ability to manage disputes throughout the country and we also have extensive experience in cross-border disputes.
  • Timely, relevant, practical, accessible and useable advice for our clients.

Our Services

Kilian & Associates is a boutique law firm with its main office located in Auckland (New Zealand) and a branch in Tauranga, specialising in litigation, tax, and corporate and commercial restructuring law. The firm has a wealth of expertise in advising and acting for individuals, businesses and large corporations on contentious and non-contentious matters.

The Law Firm You Can Trust!


Depends on what sort of case you have. Often civil matters should get lawyers involved before any contracts, or agreements have been entered into to ensure the process is conducted properly. In criminal matters, a lawyer should be appointed as soon as police are involved. In our experience, do not go to any interviews without a lawyer present.

You can elect a Jury Trial in some circumstances. The key difference is that in a JAT the Judge is the only person who makes all the decisions, whereas in a Jury Trial the jury are the people who make a determination on the facts of the case, and the Judge assists with the law. For more information please see attached document.

Our firm does both Criminal and Civil Legal Aid and is approved at the top level for both. Legal Aid is dependent on an income based application. Not everyone will be entitled to Legal Aid. Although for civil, you can choose a legal aid lawyer, your requirements to obtain legal aid are not only financial but will also require your lawyer/legal representative to elaborate on the key elements of the case and possibilities of success. This is then left to the discretion of the Legal Aid officer to determine legal aid.

In Criminal matters, if you are charged with a charge categorised as PAL 1 and 2, you cannot choose a lawyer when applying. However for PAL 3 and 4 cases, you are able to decide.