John is the founding partner of Walters Law. He specialises in property, general commercial / corporate business law, trusts, wills. Walters Law acts for a wide range of clients including small and large corporates and businesses; Maori Trusts, Incorporations and Iwi; and personal clients.

John has extensive corporate governance experience as a company director for private, publicly listed and Crown owned companies and has served as an elected member of the Auckland District Law Society; and was a Treaty claims negotiator for his Iwi, Te Aupōuri.


  • Bridget Fallon - Conveyancing Practitioner & Registered Legal Executive
  • George Hellriegel - Solicitor



  • Acting on the sale and purchase of residential, commercial, industrial and rural property
  • Contract negotiation
  • Contract drafting including drafting of complex property contracts and precedent documents for developers.
  • Property development and investment
  • Commercial leasing
  • Subdivision and unit titles
  • Trusts
  • Property lending/borrowing transactions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Due diligence

We act for a wide range of property clients including residential purchasers and sellers; property investors; developers; corporates; individuals and trusts.

We are acutely aware of the need in property transactions to be quick and pragmatic in the provision of advice and services, and we act accordingly, in order to enable our clients to meet their deadlines and to maximize their opportunities.


  • Trust formation and structuring Contract negotiation
  • Acquisition and disposal of assets by trusts
  • Banking and finance
  • Trust administration
  • Resettlement of trusts
  • Variation of trusts
  • Retirement and appointment of trustees
  • Trust distribution
  • Estate administration
  • Advising clients as to the most suitable structuring of wills to meet client need
  • Will drafting


  • Commercial transactions, supply, licensing and distribution agreements
  • Related financing arrangements
  • Company incorporation, structuring and shareholders agreements
  • Corporate governance and securities advice
  • Capital raising and Initial Public Offerings
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals of companies, businesses and assets
  • Joint venture arrangements
  • Intellectual property issues


John has acted for Trust Boards; Trusts; Incorporations; businesses; Iwi and individuals on a wide variety of issues including acting on property and commercial transactions; Treaty claims, issues, advice and negotiations, including advising in relation to and establishing governance entity structures.


Auckland office



+64 21 753 246

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