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Services included

  • Buying/Selling a business
  • Leases
  • Business Structures
  • Buying/Selling shares in a company
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Business disputes
  • Commercial Property

Whether you’re buying or selling a business, our team can help you navigate this exciting time.

We can ensure that you complete your homework and the necessary due diligence on your business purchase, or help you get the best deal while minimising risk when selling your business.

If you’re embarking on a new business venture or already own a business, having the right structure is fundamental to your long term success. We’ll make sure your business is best structured to suit you and your goals, while giving you the flexibility to adapt as your business changes and grows. We’ll help you ensure that you are protected with the right documents in place. Shareholders agreements and a company constitution are vital in protecting you in the event things go awry and making sure everyone knows the rules and procedures when it comes to decision making and finances. Our team also recognises that business is about risk management and will assist you in identifying and assessing risks to help you make the best decision at the end of the day.

We also know that sometimes in business, things can be unclear in the ever changing landscape of rules and regulations. We are here to help you clarify the changes and suggest practical solutions because we care about your business.

When it comes to commercial property, we can help guide you through the unique challenges which arise from commercial transactions. We can also assist with your new investment by preparing a commercial lease tailored to your specific needs to maximise your investment. If you’re occupying a commercial premise, we can ensure that the lease provisions do not constrain your business or prohibit its growth.

Our experienced team of commercial solicitors and legal executives are here to help regardless of your commercial needs. Whether it be drafting and negotiating commercial contracts or giving you practical advice, get in touch with our team today.

Meet the team

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Doug Rowan - CSLaw

Doug Rowan


P06 366 0171

Hi, I'm Doug.
I'm a Director and I specialise in Commercial, Estates, General Law, Relationship Property, Rural and Trusts.

Doug joined CS Law in 1996 after graduating from Victoria University with an LLB, BA and a BA (Philosophy). Doug is the first Director of CS Law after Cullinane Steele incorporated having become a partner in 2003.

Doug practices in the areas of commercial and property law, trusts, wills, estates and relationship property specialising in business transactions, commercial lending and advice on asset protection and business structures. Having grown up on a dairy farm Doug has a particular interest in rural transactions.

Doug is married to Hannah and has two teenage daughters. He is the Chair of Te Hinaki Education Trust and is passionate about improving educational outcomes for all children in Horowhenua.

He values the role Christian faith has in his life and in his spare time he is a keen Cricket and Rugby fan, enjoys a good bike ride and relaxing with a book or the paper!

Hannah Wood


P06 366 0173

Hi, I'm Hannah.
I'm a Director and I specialise in Commercial, Conveyancing, General Law, Property, Property Developments, Rural and Trusts.

Hannah joined CS Law in 2012 after graduation from Victoria University of Wellington, graduating in law and science, majoring in chemistry. As a student she enjoyed traveling overseas and has spent time living in a foreign country.

Hannah’s area of practice includes commercial law and general law. She is also the team leader of the Trust Management Team and the Conveyancing Team.

Riana Smith



Hi, I'm Riana.
I'm an Associate and I specialise in Commercial, General Law and Rural.

Riana graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2020 obtaining an LLB and BA, majoring in International Relations and Political Science. During this time she also volunteered in UN Youth New Zealand and the Wellington Community Justice Project as a member of the Students Rights team.

Having grown up in Palmerston North, Riana is excited to be back and working in Levin. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports and seeing what new legal drama or crime documentary has landed on Netflix.

Ashley Chrystall

LLB and BA

P06 366 0172

Hi, I'm Ashley.
I'm Solicitor and I specialise in Commercial

Ashley joined CS Law in 2023 and works in the Commercial Team.

Ashley graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2023 obtaining an LLB and BA, majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. During this time she also volunteered at the Workers’ Rights Advocacy Service and the Wellington Community Justice Project as a member of the Law Reform team.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys painting, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Kirsty Beatson


P06 399 2051

Hi, I'm Kirsty.
I'm Registered Legal Executive and I specialise in Commercial and Rural.

Raised in Levin, Kirsty spent 12 years in Wellington before returning home. Starting off with a career in sport administration, Kirsty worked for Wellington Rugby on a variety of events including the Rugby World Cup 2011 and the Sevens. When she returned home she took up a position with the District Court in Levin and case managed files in both the criminal and family jurisdictions for several years.

Now qualified as a Registered Legal Executive, Kirsty is part of the Commercial Team at CS Law. She aims to make the process as smooth as possible for all clients, especially first home buyers with KiwiSaver and Housing New Zealand Home Start Grants.

In her spare time Kirsty likes to spend time with family and friends and also enjoys a good book.