Tess Wethey


Tess has significant business experience in private client business law, property law, Trusts and estates.

Over the course of her career, she has engendered the trust and confidence of a large number of clients, investors, referrers and stakeholders.

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Tess was previously a partner in Mitchell Mackersy Lawyers for 21 years. She is enjoying managing the transition of long term Mackersy Legal clients to Duncan Cotterill while taking the opportunities for contact and involvement with them provided by her role as a Consultant to the firm.

Known for empowering clients, Tess works alongside her clients on their journey, prioritising being accessible and explaining complex ideas in a simple way.

Tess'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

We're driven by our values

They drive our client relationships and connections with our community, and underpin our achievements.


  • Member of the Institute of Directors.


“Tess not only has a deep knowledge of the law and an understanding of complex matters, but has a real feel for her client’s needs and how they can be met.”
Russell Rodgers, Rodgers and Co.

He tāngata

  • Ambassador, Wakatipu Community Foundation
  • Chair, Impact100 Grants Committee
  • Trustee, Tucker Beach Wildlife Trust
  • Trustee, Mutima Charitable Trust
  • Life member, Queenstown Lakes District Museum
  • Member of organising group, Catalyst Trust.
  • Member, Arrowtown Community Arts Society (ACAS)
  • Supporter, Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust.
  • Supporter, Predator Free New Zealand 2050
  • Member, Ngā Mana Hou o Whakatipu

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