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About Us

Ross Holmes Virtual Lawyers Limited is a boutique law firm specialising in asset protection planning and trusts, business law, and property law. We have a Chinese legal division.

Our team members are:

Managing Director - Ross Holmes LLB. (Hons.), TEP

Senior Associate - Neena Bartlett LLB., Dip. Crim., TEP.

Senior Associate - Teddy Chow LLM. & LLB.(Hons.)(England), B.Soc.Sc.

Solicitor - Katherine Shan LLB.

Senior Legal Executive – Janet Holmes

Senior Registered Legal Executive - Kirsty Hourigan

Legal Executive - Adam Wang LLM.

Management Accountant - Michael Sheng B.B.S

Client Liaison Officer - Yelena Li


Managing Director - Ross Holmes LLB. (Hons.), TEP

Ross Holmes is Managing Director of Ross Holmes Virtual Lawyers Limited, and its trust division Ross Holmes Trusts, a Director of a number of private companies, and a trustee of the trusts established by his family.


Ross graduated with an honours degree in law from Victoria University in Wellington in 1971 (which included a masters paper in taxation and estate planning). He has been practising as a lawyer since 1973 and has been a partner in law firms since 1975.


Ross specialises in asset protection planning and trusts. He is a member of the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the author of the best selling books on trusts: "Sham Trusts" (1999), "Success with Trusts" (2000), "Successful Trust Management" (2002 and 2005), is a contributing author to legal publishers Lexis Nexis text book "Law of Trusts" (2000), and has had articles on trusts published in legal journals. He co-authored Southern Cook Islands Customary Law, History, and Society, with Ron Crocombe.


His experience in the asset protection planning field includes a period as senior manager in the taxation division of a leading accountancy firm, and a period as Managing Director of an Australia and New Zealand Banking Group international trustee company subsidiary.rossholmes@rossholmes.co.nz

 


Senior Associate - Neena Bartlett LLB., Dip. Crim., TEP.

Neena Bartlett joined Ross Holmes in 1989. She graduated with a degree in Law from Canterbury University and was admitted as a Barrister and a Solicitor of the High Court in 1988. Neena also completed a Diploma in Criminology from Auckland University in 1988. She is a member of STEP and has extensive experience in property law and asset protection planning.neenab@rossholmes.co.nz


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Associate - Teddy Chow LLM. & LLB.(Hons.)(England), B.Soc.Sc.

 

Teddy joined Ross Holmes in 2007 having previously been a partner in a Hong Kong law firm. He graduated with an honours degree in law and Marsters degree in Law in England. His New Zealand areas of expertise include property, commercial, trusts and asset protection planning, and wills.

Teddy speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin. teddyc@rossholmes.co.nz

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Solicitor - Katherine Shan LLB.

Katherine is an experienced property lawyer, who also assists Ross Holmes in relationship property, trust and asset protection planning. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of High Court in New Zealand in April 2015. She previously worked for a commercial law firm in Guang Zhou, China specializing in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation. Katherine has law degrees from universities in both Beijing and Auckland. Katherine is a people's person and finds satisfaction in seeking the best possible resolution for her clients.  Katherine is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. katherines@rossholmes.co.nz

 


Senior Legal Executive - Janet Holmes

Janet Holmes is a Senior Legal Executive. A former primary school principal, Janet joined our team in 1993. She has since gained extensive experience in the asset protection planning field and is a key member of our team. jholmes@rossholmes.co.nz


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Registered Legal Executive - Kirsty Hourigan

Kirsty Hourigan has many years experience in trust and estate administration and accounts. She joined Ross Holmes in 1998 as a Trust Consultant specialising in the administration of trusts and estates. She also acts for clients on property transactions. kirstyh@rossholmes.co.nz


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Executive - Adam Wang

Adam is employed as a Legal Executive specialising in the property purchases, sales, and refinancing. Hee speaks English and Mandarin. adamw@rossholmes.co.nz


 

General Manager - Michael Sheng B.B.S

Michael joined Ross Holmes Lawyers  in 2011 as Management Accountant. He graduated from Massey University in 2005 with a BBS degree(Bachelor of Business Studies) and a major in finance. He worked in the large retail enterprise Foodstuffs stores for about 5 years before he joined Ross Holmes Lawyers. Michael is responsible for a wide range of duties including our trust and office accounts, credit control, human resources, marketing and is part of our management team. Michael speaks English and Mandarin. michaels@rossholmes.co.nz


 

 

 

 

 

 

Client Liaison Officer - Yelena Li

Yelena works primarily in one of the most important positions - our reception desk, assisting our clients. She also assists with our accounting. yelenal@rossholmes.co.nz

 
 
 

 

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