Bret Gower

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Phone: 09 837 6893
Fax: 09 837 2500


Bret joined Smith and Partners in late 2017 following a successful career as a design agency owner and now specialises in New Law, Tax and Intellectual Property. He offers a unique combination of down-to-earth communication skills, strategic thinking and discipline honed from consulting directly with business owners and board-level decision makers.

New Law is an evolving business area impacting legal service delivery and encompasses the use of AI and document automation, as well as exploring new work practices that are more aligned to the twenty-first century economy and work-life balance. Bret is responsible for implementing New Law business practices to keep Smith and Partners at the forefront of delivering efficient and effective results for our clients.

Bret provides a business-owner’s as well as a legal perspective when it comes to providing taxation advice. This understanding gives clients a level of confidence that their tax concerns are being addressed and issues resolved in a pragmatic and timely manner.

His background in the creative industries gives Bret insight into the marketing and commercial priorities intellectual property owners have regarding protecting and enforcing their IP rights. His unique hybrid law/design expertise combined with Smith and Partners’ commercial legal approach means clients receive top level, insightful advice and implementation.