Our Structure

Partnership structure

James & Wells is the trading style of two separate partnerships, James & Wells Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys and James & Wells Lawyers. A detailed breakdown of the respective partnerships is as follows:

James & Wells Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Dr. Andrew Clarke; Ian Finch; Gus Hazel; Jonathan Lucas; Adam Luxton; Nick Mountford; Carrick Robinson; Jason Rogers; Dr. Andrew Scott; Tim Walden; Ceri Wells.

James & Wells Lawyers

Ian Finch; Gus Hazel; Alexia Mayer; Jason Wach; Jason Rogers; Tim Walden; Ceri Wells.


It has been necessary for us to adopt this dual partnership structure in order to comply with the requirements of the Lawyers & Conveyancers Act 2006 (NZ) and the Patents Acts 2013 (NZ), each of which reserves particular areas of work for lawyers and registered patent attorneys in New Zealand.

The partners of James & Wells Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys are all registered patent attorneys and subject to the Code of Conduct administered by the Trans-Tasman Intellectual Property Attorneys Board (of which Ian Finch is also currently a member). Similarly, the partners of James & Wells Lawyers are all New Zealand Lawyers and, therefore, subject to the ethical constraints and disciplinary procedures of the New Zealand Law Society. Some of our partners are both registered patent attorneys and lawyers and are a partner in both practices.

Generally speaking, all work associated with a patent will be conducted, or supervised, by a registered patent attorney. All work, generally speaking, related to an infringement of your rights, legal proceedings etc, will be conducted, or supervised, by a lawyer. Any other work is likely to be conducted, or supervised, by a person who is either a registered patent attorney, a registered Australian trade mark attorney, or a lawyer.

For your security, money received from you or on your behalf for matters relating to reserved areas of work in New Zealand, other than in payment of invoices which we have already issued, will be held in a trust account operated by James & Wells Lawyers.

If you are in any doubt as to whether the person you are dealing with is a lawyer, a registered Australian trade mark attorney, or a registered patent attorney, please feel free to clarify this with them, their supervising partner, or by accessing their qualifications via the “Our team” section of this website.


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