Principal Areas of Practice
- Litigation and Court Proceedings
- Matrimonial and Family Law, Relationship Property
- Dispute Resolution - Mediation and Arbitration
- Disputes regarding trusts and wills
Jim Guest is an expert on insolvencies and is regularly appointed to act for the Official Assignee and liquidators. He is one of the authors of the Lexis Nexis text "Heath & Whale on Insolvency" and teaches Law of Insolvency at the University of Otago.
Jim is also a highly regarded family lawyer, acting particularly in relationship disputes. He is regularly appointed by the Family Court as an independent lawyer for children and independent lawyer for people with disabilities. He also receives appointments from the Court to act as Counsel to assist the Court as well as to act in Hague Convention disputes (international disputes over custody of children). He is a Family and Alternative Dispute Resolution author for Thomson Reuters (Brookers) - a leading resource for NZ lawyers.
Jim is a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ and is on all of the panels of recommended arbitrators and mediators maintained by the Institute (this includes specialist Construction and Rural panels). He is a Member New Zealand Law Society Family Mediators Panel and is regularly appointed as mediator by the Court to mediate in Family Court disputes.
Over the years Jim has assisted with the teaching of professional courses at Otago University and currently teaches International Legal Issues in the Master of International Studies Degree and the Law of Insolvency.
Jim is closely associated with the Maniototo area, with a home at Naseby. His interests include exploring by 4WD, shooting, technology and aviation.
Phone 03 477 2263