Kim Schouten


Kim specialises in asset protection, estate administration and relationship property matters.

She assists clients in all aspects of their asset planning. Kim also has experience in the administration of estates and trusts. Prior to working at Duncan Cotterill, Kim was employed with a large New Zealand trustee company.

Kim advises on contracting out and separation agreements and trust and estate disputes.

Intellectual Property

In his intellectual property practice, he manages and protects the intellectual property portfolios of a range of New Zealand, Australian and international businesses, assisting with trade mark portfolio protection and strategies, trade marks and licensing, copyright issues and publishing.

In particular, Scott manages local and international trade mark clearance and registration programmes for domestic and foreign clients and associates, in particular from the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Commercial & Corporate

Scott’s commercial and corporate practice consists of assisting clients with corporate structuring (including shareholder agreements and constitutions), capital raising, joint ventures and commercial contracting.

He also assists a number of government entities and not-for-profit clients with their property and commercial procurement and contracting.

Charities, Not-For-Profit and Families Office

In addition to being an experienced trustee and not-for-profit governor himself, Scott advises a number of trustees and organisations on their duties and responsibilities as governors.


He also assists a number of high-net-worth families with their structuring, trust management and private investment portfolios.


Scott leads the firm’s not-for-profit practice and feels privileged to assist some of the most iconic and some of the newest charities and not-for-profit entities in New Zealand, including IHC New Zealand Incorporated, New Zealand Red Cross, Barnardos, Deaf Aotearoa, Student Job Search and United Fire Brigades’ Association of New Zealand.

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I have experience advising charities, as follows:

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Land Covenants in New Zealand: a guide

27 May 2024

The forgotten duties of estate administration

24 May 2024

Unit Titles Act – final changes came into effect on 9 May 2024

24 May 2024

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  • Kim is an active member of the Wellington Branch Trusts and Estates Law Committee within the New Zealand Law Society.

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