About us

We bring law back down to earth.

ASCO Legal is proudly local legal firm with vast international experience, dedicated to ensuring our clients feel valued and respected. We are a diverse team with foundations in China, England, South Africa and New Zealand. We’re happy to work in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable and we strive to find the balance between professionalism and approachability.

Our team consists of our lawyers, legal executives and support staff, including director Alistair van Schalkwyk.

Luzette and Ada joined the team soon after their admission and have been working together since 2015.

Chris and Nadia Dykes joined ASCO Legal in the later part of 2021 having moved here from South Africa and are qualified to practice in New Zealand. They are duly qualified South African lawyers and practiced law for many years in South Africa and are now also admitted as lawyers here in New Zealand.

Our registered legal executives are Donna Handley and Kylie Osborne. Kylie is a true Kiwi and Donna originally lived and worked in England and has an array of English law experience. Our team is assisted by Jo Crequer and Hannah Owens as our legal assistants, and Roxanne van Schalkwyk as our trust accountant.

If you are in need of a lawyer in Howick to assist you to swear or affirm an affidavit, or certify true copies of your documents, Alistair, Luzette and Ada would be happy to assist you. We love the opportunity to meet new people in our local East Auckland community, so please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know how we can help.

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A Brief History of ASCO Legal

ASCO Legal was founded around 15 years ago as a break away from a top tier Auckland firm and established itself as a small but dynamic law firm based in downtown Auckland.

With Miles as a former partner of two leading New Zealand law firms and with legal experience from practicing law in the United Kingdom, ASCO Legal enjoyed a strong direction and a wealth of legal knowledge from its inception. Miles is also a former chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ) and has an immense knowledge of commercial law - including franchising law. ASCO Legal still specialises in these areas and continues to be an active and proud member of FANZ and author of a major New Zealand source of franchising precedents which is used by lawyers nationwide. As the firm expanded, Miles and our director Alistair practiced together as partners of ASCO Legal for a number of years.

Since its inception, ASCO Legal has grown its expertise and networks in the commercial and property law areas and is now situated in the seaside village located in the heart of Howick in East Auckland.

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Our Expertise

Experience has taught us the power of efficiency

Commercial & Business Services

​We have a vast range of corporate, commercial and business expertise. We have a clear understanding of New Zealand’s business landscape and will tailor an effective solution to your needs.

Commercial & Business Services

Asset Protection & Estate Planning

We prepare Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney (Property and Personal Care & Welfare) and Advance Directives. We mitigate risks to asset portfolios for family and business, including trusts, companies or other corporate structures for charitable purposes.

Asset Protection & Estate Planning

Business Sale & Purchases

We have a dedicated team to assist you with business acquisition or disposal. We have connections to business brokers, insurance specialists, accountants, bankers, and valuers to help you do business more efficiently.

Business Sale & Purchases

Franchising

We know the ins-and-outs of franchising like the back of our hands. We are a member of the Franchising Association of New Zealand, with excellent relationships with its board members and Chair of the Association.

Franchising

Property Conveyancing

Need a Conveyancing Lawyer? Look no further. We specialise in all aspects of property law and conveyancing to assist you with your residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural property needs.

Property Conveyancing

Pre-nups, Separations and Property Sharing

ASCO Legal has extensive experience in a vast array of family and personal law matters. Our team can guide you through matters of this nature which are often deeply personal and can be emotionally challenging.

Pre-nups, Separations and Property Sharing