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Senior Associate

Nick Bland

BA LLB

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5313

M+64 21 241 4504

Nick Bland

Nick is a senior associate in the tax group. He advises on all aspects of New Zealand's domestic and international tax law, including corporate and personal income tax and withholding taxes, double taxation conventions, GST (New Zealand's value-added tax), and customs duties and tariffs.

Nick works closely with the firm's corporate advisory, commercial, banking and finance, local government, and commercial property groups, providing advice to a wide range of clients. This includes input into due diligence exercises, structuring advice, and contractual drafting for business acquisitions, business divestments, and other transactions. It also includes liaising with Inland Revenue on behalf of clients in relation to tax compliance and dispute resolution matters and rulings, and making submissions on tax policy developments.

In addition, Nick is an expert in relation to charities and not-for-profit organisations. He provides extensive advice to such organisations, and to corporates and other clients involved with them, in relation to both tax and general matters. He regularly deals with the Charities Commission and Inland Revenue on such matters.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Tax 2019 - Next Generation Lawyer
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide Tax 2018 - Rising Star

Examples of Work

  • Auckland Council and its subsidiary entities (CCOs) - ongoing advice on various income tax issues, GST issues, and charity-related matters affecting the Auckland Council group
  • Auckland Transition Agency - establishment of council-controlled organisations (as part of the integration of Auckland into a "supercity")
  • Auckland City Council - tax treatment of local authority trust funds and assets
  • Christchurch City Council - transfer of civic buildings to a holding entity, and establishment of the Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund
  • Monavie Inc - restructuring of New Zealand import and distribution business
  • Opus International - GST advice in relation to land acquisitions for major roading projects
  • Christchurch Arts Centre Trust Board - redevelopment of Christchurch Arts Centre, restoration of the Centre after the earthquake, and Trust's governance arrangements
  • Church and other community organisations - charitable status and concessionary tax treatment

Other Credentials

  • New Zealand chapters in Law In Context, Software Tax Characterization, Helpdesk, and VAT and Invoicing Requirements Helpdesk - Co-author
  • New Zealand Law Journal articles on topical tax issues - Co-author
  • Brookers A Guide to E-Commerce Law (tax chapter) - Co-author
  • Brookers Trusts Practice and Procedure (charitable trust section) - Contributor
  • Auckland District Law Society Legal Practice Manual (charitable entities chapter) - Author