Steph Gifford - Senior Associate

Phone DDI: 03 379 4114

Cell: 021 595 980


Steph Gifford's Services

About Steph Gifford

Steph is a Senior Associate with our Property and Commercial Team.    

Steph assists clients with a broad range of matters in relation to property, trusts, wills, and estates. She is experienced in assisting clients with residential and commercial property transactions, asset protection structures, and more complex property matters.

She specialises in relationship property, providing clients with the peace of mind that their assets will be protected should the worst happen, and in the event it does, assists them to achieve a fair and reasonable separation and division of relationship property. This includes advising clients on contracting out agreements during the course of the relationship and advising clients on separation agreements after a relationship has ended.

Steph is a mentor to junior solicitors through the New Zealand Law Society Mentoring Programme.

Recent work includes:

  • Securing a robust Contracting Out Agreement (“Pre-Nup”) for a high-net-worth client whose asset structure included shares owned by companies and beneficial interests in a family trust;
  • Acting for a client in the separation and division of relationship property, whose assets included multiple interests in companies, trusts and real property;
  • Trust review resulting in variations, changes in Trustees, beneficiaries, and resettlement of the Trust; and
  • Assisting a hospitality client with the purchase of a new business, involving all due diligence investigations, assignment of lease, financing and liquor licensing issues and settlement of the business acquisition.