Guy Smith

Senior Associate

I am a commercial lawyer in our Wellington office. My clients range from small owner-operated businesses to large corporate and government organisations.

I advise on commercial transactions and contracting, corporate governance and compliance, privacy and consumer law.

I value practical and straightforward legal advice.

I spent six years of my career in-house at Trade Me, Meridian Energy and The Optimation Group. I often take that in-house approach to my practice. I regularly work on a fixed-fee, retainer or secondment basis, both at clients’ offices and remotely, as best meets their needs.

I have specialist expertise in:

  • The technology sector including software development, IT service outsourcing, strategic partnership or “teaming” arrangements, reseller and other distribution structures, and public-facing terms and conditions.
  • Data protection and exploitation, including licensing and transfer, and the impact of international privacy regimes.
  • Privacy, including conducting privacy impact assessments and responding to breaches and investigations.
  • Intellectual property commercialisation and the supply or delivery of services with a heavy intellectual property focus.
  • Consumer law including marketing and fair trading, and advertising standards.
  • Helping to guide early-stage (start-up) businesses.
  • The not-for-profit sector.

I have held governance roles at Capital Football, the Auckland Softball Foundation Charitable Trust, and St Patrick’s College, Silverstream.