Bruce Patterson


Bruce has recently retired as a partner of Duncan Cotterill but continues to involve himself in private client work and commercial projects when called on. Over his career he has acquired a deep and practical knowledge of business. He continues to advise selected businesses and private clients as a problem solver and trusted advisor.

The management of people and their businesses brings with it many challenges. Bruce has developed a specialist service working alongside private families and individuals, firstly in managing their personal and business requirements as a confidant and lawyer; and secondly in building bridges to the next generation. This requires not only business and legal expertise but excellent inter-personal skills to navigate the complexity of family relationships. Such a role draws on his wide knowledge of the law and business and combines the force of his personality to work with people to achieve the possible.

Confidant’ from the Latin ‘confīdere’ (“to put trust in, have confidence in, be sure”)

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Bruce brings his career experience together in a “governance” package for selected clients which is bespoke, personal and effective:

  • company, commercial and corporate
  • estate planning and inheritance
  • finance and securities
  • international
  • property
  • startups
  • tax
  • technology
  • trust advisory

His “real life” experience includes family, travel, flying light aircraft, classic cars, motorcycling, business establishment, friendships and more. He established the Auckland Office of Duncan Cotterill in 1986 and is a past chair of the firm. He has delivered countless seminars and training programs for the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society and others. He has been a panel interviewer for the New Zealand Law Society for many years, certifying practitioners wanting to practise on their own account.

Bruce's insights

Duncan Cotterill helps secure the sale of Taska Prosthetics to the Eqwal Group

5 June 2024

Land Covenants in New Zealand: a guide

27 May 2024

The forgotten duties of estate administration

24 May 2024

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