Ken Paterson Partner

Ken is a partner in our property and private client team. He advises clients in all aspects of property, trust and business law with a particular focus on private clients with business and commercial property interests. 

Ken has been with Simpson Western since 2003 and became a partner in 2011. His diverse expertise means he can help both business and personal clients with a wide range of issues, from business and trust structuring, to commercial leases and property, through to asset protection and lifestyle planning.

Before joining us, he worked for Deloitte in Auckland as a tax consultant - and before that, he enjoyed a stint in London working at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in their legal and compliance departments.

A 'country boy' at heart, Ken spends lots of time up north on the family farm, often in the hay paddock or in the shearing shed.  When not coaching his son Leo’s rugby teams, he enjoys fishing, diving and hunting and most other outdoor activities and sports.  He likes nothing more than getting out on the boat with his wife Carlee and his two children Leo and Phoebe and pulling in some nice snapper.


Ken's areas of expertise

  • Trust and business structuring
  • Asset protection
  • Trust formation and administration
  • Commercial leasing
  • Commercial property sales and purchases and due diligence
  • Business acquisitions and disposals
  • General property and business advice



LLB University of Otago 1997

Bachelor of Applied Economics (Agriculture) Massey University 1998


Professional Memberships

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

New Zealand Law Society

Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society

NZ Law



Rugby Coach - J4 Blue Takapuna Rugby Club

Rugby Coach - Milford Primary School year 5/6 tackle team

Associate Referee (Junior Grade) - North Harbour Rugby Union