Jim Guest - Consultant   BA, LLB, Post Grad Dip (Law), FAMINZ (Arb/Med)

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Litigation and Court Proceedings
  • Insolvency
  • Matrimonial and Family Law, Relationship Property
  • Dispute Resolution  -  Mediation and Arbitration
  • Disputes regarding trusts and wills

Jim has recently completed 40 years' continuous practice, and in that time has built experience in most areas of legal practice. 

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 a member of the National Advisory Panel to the Family Law Section of The NZ Law Society.  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 - 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 of the New Zealand Law Society Family Mediators Panel and is regularly appointed as mediator or arbitrator in a variety of disputes: property, family, commercial. 

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 also has a particular interest in arguments about trusts. He was on the New Zealand Law Society Working Party which made submissions to the NZ Law Commission on trust law, and subsequently to prepare submissions to go to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Trusts Bill. 

Jim is closely associated with the Maniototo area, with a home at Naseby.  His interests include exploring by 4WD, shooting, technology and aviation.

Contact Jim 

Phone 03 477 2263

Downie Stewart Lawyers Dunedin 8th Level, 265 Princes St, Dunedin, 9016 03-477 2263
PO Box 1345, Dunedin 9054 |  Fax: 03 477 4021  |  E: info@downiestewart.co.nz