John Ferner - Consultant



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Areas of expertise

Commercial, Business


Auckland lawyer John Ferner practises in all aspects of corporate/commercial law with an emphasis on corporate structuring, start ups, venture capital, intellectual property and IT. His work frequently includes the management and documentation of projects involving a number of overseas parties.

John has over 20 years experience in the commercialisation of biotechnology, other intellectual property, and IT projects. These projects include international licensing agreements and venture capital deals.

John regularly advises the local authority clients of the firm on commercial issues including tenders. This includes advice on an appropriate tender process as well as the tender terms and conditions. He also provides advice on commercial law aspects of major infrastructure projects.


  • Former board member - Business for Social Responsibility
  • Former board member - Trans Tasman Properties Limited (chair of Audit Committee)
  • Trustee - Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust

Industry memberships

  • Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand