Scott Moran


I enjoy the variety of clients I work with that include multinational brand owners, listed companies, family offices, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

My relevant experience is outlined in the sections below. These areas of expertise are:

  • Intellectual property
  • Commercial and corporate
  • Charities, not-for-profit and family office

I’m a member of a number of professional groups including:

  • The Institute of Directors,  
  • The International Trademark Association (INTA). I also sit on INTA’s Law Firm Committee.
  • The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • The New Zealand Law Society  
  • The Law Society of New South Wales  

I’m currently the Vice President of New Zealand Football, and have held a number of governance and judging roles in the sporting, legal and business sectors.

  • Intellectual Property
    • In my intellectual property practice, I manage and protect 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
      • Publishing

      In particular, I manage 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.

      Some key local clients across my practice:

      • PGG Wrightson
      • Westland Milk
      • New Zealand King Salmon
      • Fix & Fogg

      International recognition

      I’m admitted to practice in New Zealand and Australia (New South Wales), and am recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 legal directory (for intellectual property work) and a recommended individual for prosecution and strategy in the World Trademark Review 2022.

      Clients’ comments:
    • “Scott always thinks holistically, taking his broader legal knowledge and experience into account. He is incredibly efficient and a pleasure to work with.”

    • World Trademark Review 2023, Intellectual Property (Silver - Individual: Prosecution and Strategy. Recommended - Individual: Transactions).

    • "Scott Moran is a long-standing IP partner. He runs a good, well-resourced team, establishes a good relationship with clients, and is highly effective at managing their litigation"
      Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023, Intellectual property. 

    • "Scott Moran... is a sophisticated brand manager, strategist and licensing expert."
      World Trademark Review 2022.

    • "Scott Moran understands the importance of protecting our brands. His advice around classes and priorities for registering is always great."
      Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, Intellectual property.

      "Scott is extremely personable and takes the time to understand the client’s needs. His advice is commercial, clear and to the point. Rather than providing a generic response, he tailors it to each client and goes above and beyond to look at how a particular issue fits into a larger strategic picture."
      World Trademark Review 2021.

  • Commercial and Corporate
    • My commercial and corporate practice consists of assisting clients with:

      • Corporate structuring (including shareholder agreements and constitutions)
      • Capital raising
      • Joint ventures
      • Commercial contracting

      Notable clients include active direct investors, Mojo Coffee, Modica Group and a number of start-up businesses in the early stage of structuring, capital raising and investment.

      I assist a number of government entities and not-for-profit clients with their property and commercial procurement and contracting.

  • Charities, Not-For-Profit and Family Office
    • In addition to being an experienced trustee and not-for-profit governor myself, I advise a number of trustees and organisations on their duties and responsibilities as governors.

      I assist a number of high-net-worth families with their structuring, trust management and private investment portfolios.

      I lead our not-for-profit practice and am 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
      • United Fire Brigades’ Association of New Zealand

      My team have specialist expertise with charities and other not-for-profit entities, and are currently leading a number of clients through sector reform, especially with respect to providing guidance on the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 and helping societies get ready for re-registration under the Incorporated Societies Act 2022.