EY Law Limited > Auckland, New Zealand > Firm Profile

EY Law Limited
New Zealand

New Zealand > Tax Tier 2

EY Law combines extensive knowledge of all tax types with expertise in strategy and administration, with particular focuses on cross-border tax issues as well as tax litigation. The Auckland-based group is led by Kirsty Keating and Tori Sullivan, both specialists in structuring, tax corporate governance, and tax controversy, who act both for and against Inland Revenue in domestic and overseas disputes involving allegations of tax avoidance, alongside transfer pricing, international tax and customs cases.

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‘Tori Sullivan – smart , practical and proactive. Excellent communication.’

‘Compared to other law and accounting firms that I receive instructions from, EY Law stands out for the quality of their assistance to their clients and the advice that has been provided to those clients, as well as being a market leader in tax advice and tax disputes. EY Law has a strong and established brand in the market. Working with them means working with blue chip clients on complex cases, often involving novel legal issues. Their clients are of a high quality, as are their lawyers.’

‘Tori Sullivan’s strength is her ability to marry her strong understanding of tax technical issues, with strategy and practicality. Tori’s knowledge of tax compliance enables her to understand the complex calculations arising from the legal interpretation of the statute. Regardless of the area of tax involved, Tori can come to grips with the facts and technical legal position to create good outcomes for her clients. Tori’s technical knowledge is second to none and she has an advocate’s knack of translating complex issues into digestible explanations that non -tax experts can understand.’

‘Kirsty Keating’s strength is her ability to bring together her commercial acumen and strong tax technical knowledge. Kirsty far outperforms her peers to predict how Inland Revenue may respond to a particular argument from the Revenue Authorities and formulate a strategy in response. She is one of a handful of true specialists in tax dispute resolution, tax avoidance law, and tax administration. Also well known in the market for legal technology and innovation, as well as investing significant time and energy in developing the next generation of lawyers.’

Key clients

Anderson & O’Leary Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a forestry support company in a precedential District Court case in relation to accident compensation levies.

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 3

Auckland based EY Law Limited utilises its global networks to provide integrated employment and health and safety advice for corporates, ranging from global restructures and business acquisitions, wage accuracy compliance, employee incentives and health and safety. Though primarily a tax partner, practice head Tori Sullivan supports clients in employment aspects of corporate transactions and dispute resolution. Senior associate Kieron Creagh is also noted for contentious employment relations and health and safety matters.

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‘Personable team and had the ability to simplify legal terminology. Friendly demeaner and technically competent.’

The firm: EY Law Limited (‘EY Law’) is an incorporated law firm that is a member of the EY global network. The law service line of EY brings together legal professionals from around the world and offers a different approach to delivering legal services. Working alongside other EY professionals, law practitioners provide clients with high-quality, commercial and pragmatic legal advice in areas that complement other EY client services. Through this global reach, multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary EY teams can assist clients wherever they are. This approach has gained global recognition and sets it apart from traditional law firms.

As recognised by The Lawyer: ‘What also seems apparent is that they have tapped into a need on the part of clients and a desire on the part of traditional law firm lawyers to offer something broader and potentially better. What’s more, they are just getting started.’ (‘A very legal coup: the accountancy giants’, The Lawyer, 22 February 2016).

In New Zealand, EY Law was formed in May 2010 as a focused tax controversy practice with the support of the wider EY network. Since then, it has expanded to include the corporate, employment, health and safety and privacy, trusts and charities, and digital law practices. Kirsty Keating leads the law teams across Australia and New Zealand as the Oceania law leader. Under Kirsty’s leadership these teams have grown rapidly and attracted top-tier lawyers from national and international law firms who are drawn to the EY purpose to build a better working world and serve clients as better connected consultants, locally and globally.

EY Law Limited operates as an independent member firm of the EY Global Network.

Areas of practice: Core practice areas are corporate, employment, health and safety, privacy, trusts and charities, and digital law. Its lawyers work in an integrated manner with professionals from other parts of EY’s business, including assurance, tax, transactions, advisory and people advisory services to deliver informed legal and professional services in a seamless fashion.

The EY approach and strategy is to: integrate law with the other EY offerings in a way that benefits clients in terms of execution and risk; to utilise the reach of the EY global network, joining numerous other jurisdictions around the world on cross-border projects; and to build market-leading teams in the geography in which EY member firms operate.

Privacy/digital/cyber Frith Tweedie
Tax controversy and litigation Kirsty Keating
Tax controversy and litigation Tori Sullivan
Corporate and commercial/mid-market M&A Greg France
Number of lawyers worldwide : 3,200+
at this office : 18
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