Scott Moran


Scott enjoys the variety of clients he works with that include multinational brand owners, listed companies, family offices, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

Scott’s team 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.

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.

Scott's insights

Incorporated Societies Act - what societies will need to do, and by when

6 October 2023

Incorporated Societies Regulations released: five things societies need know

13 September 2023

Know-how series: Copyright – protecting and encouraging creativity

8 August 2023

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He tāngata

  • Has held a number of governance and judging roles in the sporting, legal and business sectors including Vice President of New Zealand Football (current) and Netball New Zealand appointee to the Netball Central Zone (2013-2023).


  • Recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory.
  • Recommended individual for prosecution and strategy in the World Trademark Review 2022.



  • The Institute of Directors.
  • The International Trademark Association (INTA). Scott sits on INTA’s Law Firm Committee.
  • The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).


“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.

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