Clive Cousins, LL.B.


clive-cousinsCommencing practice in 1977, Clive’s career has given him extensive experience in property law as well as corporate and commercial work. This work has included structuring many public floats, partnerships, joint ventures and trusts which form the basis of the modern corporate.

Clive advises clients – which include a number of property developers – on asset protection and business structures as an integral part of their business activities.


+64 21 329 382

Grant Smith, LL.B., B.Com(Hons)


grant-smithGraduating in 1992 with an LL.B., B.Com (Hons) (majoring in economics), Grant began his career working in estate administration, residential conveyancing, trusts and asset protection. He is expert in forming trusts and corporate structures that provide protection for various assets types as well as retaining the flexibility required by his client’s changing needs and aspirations.

Grant enjoys working alongside his clients and prides himself on his ability to respond promptly to a variety of situations and solve problems.


+64 21 329 383

Eric Lee, LL.B.

Senior Solicitor

Eric graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2002 and joined Canterbury Legal in 2004 as a Lawyer and practised with us through to 2012 when he and his wife returned to Malaysia. There he enrolled as a lawyer and practiced until April 2016.

Eric returned to Christchurch in May 2016 and recommenced with Canterbury Legal as a Senior Solicitor specialising in conveyancing, business and trust law.

Always patient and eager to help and advise, Eric will take the time to explain matters to clients in plain language.

Whilst fluent in English, Eric also speaks conversational Mandarin, Malay and other Malaysian dialects and acts for numerous Asian clients.


+64 21 329 380

Jim Eddy, LL.B.


Jim is Canterbury Legal’s residential and commercial property law specialist. He has a particular interest in helping first home buyers through their first conveyancing transaction. Jim has practiced in many areas of law including; corporate, litigation and relationship property.

In his spare time Jim enjoys spending time with family, and riding his motorcycle.


+64 21 329 381

Susan Cousins

Practice Manager

sue-cousinsSusan has worked in legal offices for the past 20 years, principally as a personal assistant to senior partners and has undertaken legal executive work. Susan was appointed Practice Manager when the firm of Canterbury Legal was established and as such is responsible for the administration of the office and trust account.


+64 21 329 384

Holly Weston,LL.B

Lawyer (Litigation and dispute resolution)

hollyHolly joined our Litigation and Disputes Resolution team in August 2016. She has practised in a wide range of areas including insolvency, property, commercial transactions, relationship property, and insurance.

Holly has recently been appointed as a panel member of the New Zealand Judicial Control Authority for Racing.

In her spare time she runs marathons, rides her horse and organises sports activities for the firm.


Sydney Austin


Sydney joined our team in November 2016 and has been assisting with commercial litigation in the areas of insurance, insolvency, contractual and property disputes, debt recovery and related issues.


Amy Throsby


Having joined our team in September 2018 as Receptionist/ Legal Secretary, Amy is the first point of contact to greet clients. Her role includes office administration and assisting with the Trust account.

In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling and going to the gym.


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