Swan Legal Ltd is to close its Solicitors Trust Account with effect from 30 June 2018.

Compliance with a range of legislative obligations that occur on 1 July 2018 will result in expense to clients that will be difficult to recover unless there are volumes of work, particularly conveyancing transactions, to spread the cost amongst my client base.

My colleagues at MinterEllisonRuddWatts are prepared to assume the additional obligations and I can arrange (at no cost) a quote for their services or there are other practitioners in Wellington or elsewhere that I can recommend.

I am continuing in practice but without a trust account. I will be in touch with many of you that will need to replace me where I am a nominated trustee either in wills or family trusts.

I thank you for your support over many years and look forward to assisting you if you wish to transfer your affairs to another practitioner.

In the meantime, if you need assistance or clarification please give me a call or send me an email (

I’m going on leave to visit family in Europe for a month commencing on 18 July but will be monitoring emails whilst I’m away.

Kind regards

John Swan
June 2018