get deals done
navigate tax implications of changes in circumstances
reduce risk and stress associated with tax
save time and money
expertise in value added taxes
Government GST/VAT policy
training of tax personnel
private and family owned businesses
start ups and high growth businesses
governance, ownership structuring
growth strategies and risk management
succession and intergenerational wealth transfer
Barrister – Tax Expert – Business Advisor – Director
My name is Iain Blakeley.
I’m a lawyer and am enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Courts of New Zealand and Fiji.
I have more than 25 years experience in New Zealand as a civil/commercial litigator, government lawyer, tax and business advisor.
For five years I headed up the Fiji Inland Revenue Department legal section providing advice to the Fiji Government on tax policy, drafting tax and investment legislation and conducting tax cases for the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
For more than 18 years I worked at EY, a global “Big 4” professional services firm, 13 of them as a Partner. In that time I provided tax specialist services to global and local clients, headed up the New Zealand Indirect Tax (GST and Customs) practice, specialised in real estate taxation, led the Auckland mid-market practice focussed on advising privately owned fast growing businesses, helped entrepreneurial businesses with growth strategies and helped high net worth families plan for intergenerational wealth and business succession.
I work across a wide range of industries and have also developed over the years a deep understanding of tax and other business issues affecting the retirement village, aged care, tourism, non-profit, real estate and Maori sectors.
My approach is practical and down to earth, uncluttered by jargon and unnecessary paperwork. I like to get to the heart of the issue and focus on problem solving
I live in Auckland with my wife Andrea (30+ years!). We have three amazing children, now young adults, who are wonderful individuals making a positive contribution to their communities.
In my spare time I play bagpipes, cycle, play squash and get out on the water as often as I can. For more than 10 years I’ve been an executive board member of the Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands Association. I also have non-exec roles with other piping related organisations and not-for-profit entities.
Get in touch
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I will respond to your request within 24 hours.
Barrister, Director and Consultant specialising in tax, family enterprise governance and succession, helping start ups and entrepreneurial enterprises grow safely and international expert on value added tax policy and implementation.
Auckland, New Zealand
Work +64 27 489 9008