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Where expertise and empathy go hand in hand

At Atkinson Crehan we believe in making your experience with us as easy as possible. You’ll get expert, friendly advice from our qualified legal staff who know what they are doing. We are in the business of law because we love what we do, we enjoy helping our clients, and we believe in making a positive difference.

Get in touch with us to see how we can deliver for you.


In May 2023 the law firm known as Knapps Lawyers was dis-established and the law firm you see today was formed. With this change, Atkinson Crehan Law has maintained our association with Hamish Kennedy (formerly of Kennedy & Associates) enabling us to continue our strong connection to the Motueka region along with offices situated in Richmond and Nelson.

Our Values Underpin our Work

We believe in doing things the R.I.G.H.T. way. We do this through being:

Rigorous – ensuring we follow rules, guidelines and behaviours
Innovative – identifying creative ways to work that have the least impact on people and the environment, but the most impact on positive outcomes
Giving – the right advice, in the right way
Honest – in all our dealings
Thorough – in everything we do.

We work in with your legal needs

Sometimes you need to plan well ahead of time. At other times things come out of the blue that need to be dealt with now. Whatever your situation, we are here to help.


Our Commitment to You


We genuinely care about our clients and want to do our best for you. We are proud of what we do and how we do it. We aim to make a positive difference when you come and see us.


We have a strong regional presence in the top of the South Island of New Zealand. But walking in the door is not the only way you can reach us. Because we embrace technology, we can help you no matter where you are situated.


We recognise that some people like working with technology and others prefer face to face communication. Whatever your preference, we can accommodate you.

How our fees are charged

We understand that uncertainty about legal fees can be a huge worry for clients. We have tried to take some of that worry away by offering different ways of pricing our services.

We will give you our best estimate once we have taken your full instructions and agreed with you what work needs to be done. We will review that estimate regularly with you and advise you if we think it is going to be exceeded.
For ongoing matters such as large commercial transactions and some dispute resolution, we can discuss with you a price for each stage of the job before moving onto the next stage.
For more complex matters our fees will be charged as set out in Our Service Promise but we will do our best to give you an indication of the likely overall cost.

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22 Oxford Street, Richmond, Nelson
New Zealand

+64 3 543 8601


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