Our Speciality

Our lawyers specialise in maritime and fisheries law, which means we practice what we do best, every day.

With over 27 years’ experience, we understand the local and international complexities of maritime and fisheries law and are recognised as leading maritime lawyers in New Zealand.

We work with our clients to deliver practical solutions, and our knowledge and experience ensures we deliver value to our clients.

Dawson & Associates Ltd - Dawson & Associates, maritime and fisheries law specialists, Nelson New Zealand

Engaging our Services

At Dawson & Associates, we offer a personal and friendly approach to our clients.

When working for you, we will:

  • Act competently, in a timely manner, and in accordance with your instructions and the arrangements made
  • Protect and promote your interests and act for you free from compromising influences or loyalties
  • Discuss with you your objectives and how they should best be achieved
  • Provide you with information about the work to be done, who will do it and the way the services will be provided
  • Charge you a fee that is fair and reasonable and let you know how and when you will be billed
  • Give you clear information and advice
  • Protect your privacy and ensure appropriate confidentiality
  • Treat you fairly, respectfully and without discrimination
  • Keep you informed about the work being done and advise you when it is completed


Once instructed, we will send you our Letter of Engagement.  This sets out the services Dawson & Associates will provide, the person responsible for your work, the basis of our charges, billing arrangements, and our Terms of Engagement.

Please see our standard Terms of Engagement Please see Dawson & Associates' standard Terms of Engagement.


The New Zealand Law Society requires us to provide you with information from the Rules of Conduct and Client Care for Lawyers explaining the rights you are entitled to when you receive legal services from a lawyer.

Please see Information for Clients Please see Dawson & Associates' Information for Clients.



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