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Peter Barrett Partner

Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett is a Partner with a wealth of experience and an excellent track record.

Peter understands his clients’ commercial and strategic perspectives. And his background in dispute resolution helps him solve difficult problems in innovative ways.

Peter’s expertise includes advising clients about:

- buying and selling businesses;

- franchising and IP licensing;

- property (commercial, retail and industrial);

- finance (borrowers and lenders);

- restructuring;

- resolving employment problems; and

- protecting assets for business owners and future generations.

In addition, Peter has been a member of the boards for a number of charities and is also an exponent of continuing professional development.

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The other Peter

Why is Wellington the best city in New Zealand?

I love Wellington because it's so cosmopolitan and the people are great. The range of cuisine, art, culture and sport on offer is second to none.

Most satisfying achievement as a lawyer?

The nature of our practice is such that I have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of complex matters so it's difficult to single any of them out as the most satisfying. I prefer to be busy and relish the challenge of using grey matter to achieve great outcomes for my clients.

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  • LLM (Hons), 2000

Memberships and professional organisations

  • New Zealand Law Society
  • NZ LAW Limited
  • Institute of Directors in New Zealand Inc
  • YMCA of Greater Wellington CharitableTrust
  • Property Law Section, NZ Law Society 2017/18

Continuing professional development papers presented

  • Land Transactions – Tax Compliance (co-presenter)
    NZ Law Society Webinar – December 2017
  • Liabilities of Directors and Officers Imposed by Statute
    Legalwise Commercial Law Conference - September 2016
  • Caveat Update (co-presenter)
    NZ Law Society Webinar – November 2014
  • Maintaining the Highest Standards of Professional Ethics
    Conferenz 34th Update for Accountants in Business – October 2013


“We have been both business and personal clients of Peter Barrett of Johnston Lawrence for many years and have received excellent advice and service. ”
Kevin and Ann Hanlon, Retired Importers