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Frank Freeman


Frank has a strong reputation for superb service, strong ethics and clear communication, combined with a wealth of experience.

He began his legal career over 40 years ago in the Justice Department of New South Wales where he worked for over 10 years as a coroner.

He studied law at the University of Sydney and was awarded his Dip Law (SAB) NSW in 1988.

After studying at the University of Otago (Institute of Professional Legal Studies) he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in November 1989.

Frank has practised in New Zealand predominantly in the Nelson and Tasman regions. His broad experience includes working with Fletcher Vautier Moore prior to establishing the firm of Frank Freeman Barrister & Solicitor in Nelson in 1999.

He served as Chair of Maitai Special School for many years, supports the Nelson Community Law Centre and is a supporter and sponsor of the Richmond Bridge Club.

His passion for Rugby is lifelong — from schooldays as Captain of the First 13 to coaching under14s in Motueka.

Frank is forward looking and believes that learning new things is the best way to stay alert and ahead of the game.

When he finds time to relax he enjoys the quest for the perfect golf swing and opportunities to travel.

Frank lives happily with his long-term partner Caroline. He has two adult children, Bronwyn who lives in Australia and Harry who lives locally in Nelson.

Frank offers a wide range of services including:


  • All aspects of family law
  •  All property and conveyancing matters — including leasing, purchases and sales, subdivisions, covenants, easements/right of ways, prescriptive title applications, retirement home agreements, neighbour disputes.
  • Wills and estate planning — including drafting wills; enduring powers of attorney; probate and estate administration.
  • Trusts and asset planning — including setting up and maintaining family trusts, trading trusts; charitable trusts; advising on trustee duties and examining trust documents; advising beneficiaries and assisting on trust disputes.
  • Finance advice involving loans, guarantees, mortgages and security over assets.
  • Employment
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Commercial and corporate — including company formation and restructuring, shareholder agreements, advice to boards and to individual directors; drafting contracts, trading terms and licence agreements; shareholder and board dispute resolution.
  • Commercial property sales and purchases
  • Partnerships
  • Leases

Professional associations:


  • Member of Nelson District Law Society 1997 — 2010 (President 2002 — 2003)
  • Regional representative for Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society 2001 — 2015

Position: Principal
Email: frankfreeman@hflaw.co.nz