John Miller

John Miller Law (JML) was founded in 2001 by New Zealand’s leading ACC law expert and former senior law lecturer at Victoria University. John Miller has represented injured people for the last 40 years and is a tireless campaigner for ACC claimants’ rights. He is a sought-after media commentator and author on personal injury law.

Our egalitarian philosophy inspires a different kind of interaction with our clients. John has been awarded many accolades for his work, including the Millennium Human Rights Award (2000) and Wellingtonian of the Year (2002) for his long-term efforts on behalf of injured claimants. In 2006, Victoria University of Wellington dedicated an annual John Miller Community Service Award for law students demonstrating an outstanding contribution to the community.

JML has represented thousands of clients. We are well known for our effective results in resolving accident compensation disputes from Tribunal Reviews right through to the Court of Appeal. As well as personal injury compensation matters, JML also specialises in Mental Health Law in the Wellington region.

The Personal Injury Law Practice:

If you have been injured in anyway, in New Zealand or overseas, JML can help ensure you are getting your full cover and compensation entitlements. We can review your ACC file, tell you your rights and represent you at a Tribunal review or a Court appeal. Although we are based in Wellington, we can help you wherever you live in New Zealand. When you are dealing with the Accident Compensation Corporation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Because we know ACC law and procedures inside out, we can help you navigate the system and ensure you are getting your full compensatory entitlements.

Our experts can help you with claims/disputes concerning your Lump Sum/Independence Allowance, Weekly Compensation, Cover, Vocational Independence, Surgery, Home Help, Attendant Care, Rehabilitation and many other entitlements. If you have received a recent decision from ACC that you wish to challenge, it is important that you get in touch with us as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. The first step is to download our ACC Application Pack. Complete it, sign the Authority to Act (so that we can access your ACC file) and send the Application Pack back to us. A JML representative will then be in contact with you to properly advise you of the next steps in the progression of your ACC dispute.

John Miller Law:

John Miller Law’s reputation in obtaining excellent results for ACC claimants is second to none. We have successfully represented thousands of claimants, both here in NZ and overseas. Whether it is mediation, or a review hearing with ACC, or an appeal to the District or High Court, John Miller Law can assure you of expert legal advice and representation with compassion and empathy to your situation.

Our staff are highly trained ACC medico-legal specialists with additional expertise in Mental Health and Criminal Law. We look forward to working with you and looking after your interests.

Chris Moore

Our Commercial Property team was evaluated by New Zealand’s Ministry of Economic and Development and given the ranking of no. 1 for “value for money” out of the “large” law firms across the country.  This “value for money” ranking takes into account quality and cost scores.

The services we offer include:

Acquisitions and disposals: Advising both buyers and sellers on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property including due diligence and structuring advice. The team also regularly assists with the property aspects of commercial sales and acquisitions.

Landlord and tenant matters: Advising landlords and tenants in relation to agreements to build and lease, leases, licences and associated documentation. We also advise corporate tenants and landlords on the day-to-day management of their property portfolios.

Development projects: Acting for developers, funders and investors on a range of large, medium and small developments with advice across all aspects from the acquisition of a site, structuring, financing, due diligence, and subdivision, through to the sell-down or longer term hold, through appropriate structuring.

Infrastructure projects: Acting for a number of national and regional network utility operators and other infrastructure organizations in relation to substantial infrastructure projects and other property and commercial matters.

Hotels: The team has particular expertise in advising on structuring, acquisition and disposal of leisure stock, particularly hotels,
structured real estate/managed funds and structuring real estate ownership by working closely with other teams within the firm on design, build, finance and operating agreements, property investment structures and development vehicles.

Co-ownership/Fractional: The team advises on a wide range of co-ownership projects including fractional and residents’ clubs for both domestic and international clients.

Financing: The team advises on all aspects of property finance and secured and unsecured lending.

Syndication and Securities Law: The team has extensive experience in advising on property syndication in all its forms including advising on the Securities Law requirements for offering property investments to the public and the regulatory framework for managed funds generally.

RECENT MANDATES INCLUDE ADVISING:
• An Australian property fund on the disposal of its property portfolio.
• A hotel/tourism investment fund in relation to a $200M fractional ownership project in Australia.
• Several blue-chip national retail chains in relation to all aspects of their leasehold and freehold property portfolios.
• A national electricity operator in negotiating property rights for a $400M project to reinforce electricity supply to Auckland.
• Central and local governments through conducting internal reviews on their commercial property arrangements.
• A developer in respect of its redevelopment, refurbishment and leasing of a CBD luxury retail precinct.
• International investor on the acquisition of two complex investments including drafting and negotiating key documents and undertaking detailed due diligence.
• On the acquisition of a diverse, distressed property portfolio involving compliance with certain regulatory requirements including the Takeovers Code.