Brent joined Harmans in 1989 and became a partner in 1994. Based in our Papanui office, he advises clients on business sales and purchases, business structures, and commercial and residential property transactions. He also advises clients on asset testing and estate planning matters including the use of family trusts and trading trusts and the structuring of clients' personal affairs to ensure the best protection both during their active years, and as they plan for retirement.
Brent acts for a number of property traders, as well as long-term 'buy-and-hold' property investors. A number of his clients are also active in the area of options to purchase, rent to buy or lease options.
He also supervises Harmans' elderly services and seniors practice, which operates out of the Papanui office. He has twice presented papers on senior law issues at seminars hosted by Lexis Nexis.
Since the earthquakes which have affected Christchurch and Canterbury so badly, Brent has assisted a number of the firm's clients with insurance related claims and achieved some excellent results. If you are a red zone property owner and need advice on the sale of your property to the Government or settlement of your insurance claim give Brent a call on 352-2293.
A past parent representative on the board of trustees of St Patricks School in Bryndwr, Brent was board Chair for the last 18 months of his time on the board. He also served on the parish finance committee at St Matthews Parish in Bryndwr for four years.
When he's not working, Brent enjoys time with his family, goes to the gym regularly, enjoys regular bike rides in Bottle Lake Forest, reads, plays occasional golf and the occasional game of cricket in the president's grade. He's an avid rugby and cricket supporter. Brent lives with his partner Fleur, also a solicitor, and young daughter Keisha. He has two other children, Ciaran and Ryan.
To read an article written by Brent on Budget 2010 - the nuts and bolts click here.
To read an article written by Brent on options for red zone property owners click here.
To read articles written by Brent on Gift Duty click here
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