Claire Godber

Claire Godber 350

Claire is a senior associate in Jackson Russell’s Business Law Team.  Her areas of legal speciality are commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, consumer law, franchising and general corporate and commercial law. 

P: +64 9 300 6916
M: +64 21 425 953

Claire enjoys getting to know her clients so she can provide commercial advice and solutions that suit their needs. She has particular expertise in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, alongside troubleshooting the commercial and legal issues that can arise from these. She also has expertise in M&A, intellectual property and technology related matters and advising on regulatory and compliance requirements.

She advises clients in a wide range of sectors, including food and beverage, consumer and retail, franchising, manufacturing, FMCG, foreign exchange, business services and import/export sectors.

Claire has a mix of both in-house and private practice legal experience in corporate and commercial law in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. Claire has a law degree and an arts degree from the University of Otago.

Claire’s expertise includes:

  • Guiding companies through the purchase or sale of businesses and companies
  • Negotiating a broad range of domestic and cross-border manufacturing and supply contracts
  • Helping companies with their day to day business legal issues and legal compliance
  • Advising on compliance with New Zealand laws, in particular consumer law, privacy law, health and safety, OIA, FMCA and AML/CFT customer due diligence requirements
  • Facilitating the resolution of commercial and shareholder disputes
  • Drafting, reviewing and advising on commercial leases
Previous projects have included advising:
  • on the share sale of a privately-held food and healthcare manufacturing and exporting business to an overseas buyer. This included preparing the group companies for sale, managing the due diligence process with multiple bidders, drafting and negotiating the sale documentation, advising on overseas investment office consent, as well as ongoing advice on a range of day-to-day legal issues
  • a foreign exchange dealer on the purchase of another foreign exchange business
  • a manufacturer on its IT procurement arrangements and the international licensing of its intellectual property, including under contract manufacturing agreements and international distribution agreements
  • an industry body on the review of their standard agreements and manual of advice for members
  • a food manufacturer and exporter on a range of day-to-day legal issues, including its international distribution arrangements.
  • a majority shareholder on putting in place new shareholders’ agreement to include minority shareholders
  • a primary sector business on software development, licensing, support and maintenance contracts with two UK software providers
  • an IT start-up on its licensing arrangements for an app, including preparing a software as a service agreement
  • various clients on the acquisition and disposal of software systems (and related data) as part of corporate M&A transactions
  • a franchisor on the licensing arrangements for the franchise brand and related intellectual property rights to franchisees
  • a New Zealand client on the issues involved in entering an international celebrity endorsement agreement
  • on privacy issues, including in relation to the sale of customer databases and responses to Police requests for information
  • on overseas investment office applications and the consent process, including an application for the sale of significant business assets and sensitive land
  • on consumer law compliance, including review of marketing campaigns and contract reviews to comply with the Fair Trading Act
  • a client on their grounds to terminate a contract, their potential liability for breaches and their rights and remedies to sue for breach of contract
  • on New Zealand trade mark applications, registrations and renewals and managing international trade mark portfolios, including applications through a network of agents in different jurisdictions

In addition to her New Zealand qualifications she is also admitted in Victoria, Australia. In her spare time she enjoys photography and searching for the best coffee spots in Auckland.

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