Our Team 

Peter Quinn

Peter Quinn has been a partner at Hill Lee & Scott for over 20 years.

Peter's areas of practice include property and commercial matters, advice for farmers and those in the agricultural sector as well as asset protection and structuring. 


  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Residential and Commercial property
  • Rural work
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Elder Law

Email:   pquinn@hlslegal.co.nz 


Tim Sissons

Tim has a diverse client base with a particular focus in commercial, property and sports law.  Tim enjoys working closely with his clients to get a thorough understanding of their desired objective and then tailoring the legal solution to meet those needs.

Tim spent several years working away from the law, firstly in sports management then overseas at a Fortune 500 company and brings an understanding of the day to day pressures of running a business to his practice. With this wider background of experience, Tim brings a holistic view to his client's problems and views them not as stand-alone legal matters to be resolved but as advice that needs to fit within the wider goals of the client.


  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Corporate & Commercial law issues
  • Sports law
  • Residential & Commercial Property
  • Relationship Property
  • Wills & Trusts

Email:   tsissons@hlslegal.co.nz 


Brian Palliser QSM

Brian's time with the firm dates back to the late 1960s.  He has been the mainstay of Hill Lee & Scott for the better part of four decades. During this time, Brian has advised his clients in all matters of general practice from Civil Litigation, Resource Management, Business Acquisition and Company Formation, Intellectual Property, Succession Planning and Estate Administration.

Outside of work Brian is involved actively with government entities both through his involvement with the Christchurch City Council and the consular representatives of foreign governments in Christchurch. Brian is involved actively with the Canterbury University (as a Trustee of the Ada Rutherford Trust), the NZ Automobile Association (Councillor and former District President) and the local Chinese Consulate and community.

Brian is a Notary Public and has a longstanding involvement in International Relations.  He holds a Degree in Earth Sciences and is a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is also a foundation member of the Public Transport Advisory Group, Vice President of the New Zealand China Cultural Promotion Foundation and has Fellowships in the New Zealand Institute of Management, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries and former Chairman of the Christchurch Seattle Sister City Committee

Brian's sporting interests are tennis, rugby, motor sports and aviation


  • Estate Administration 
  • Succession planning
  • Family Protection
  • Notarial
  • Overseas Investment
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Charities

Email:   bpalliser@hlslegal.co.nz 

Ph: 021 324 315

Paul McGarry

Paul has a legal background in and out of private practice. Paul has spent time working in London at KPMG undertaking cross border insolvency and company restructuring. He has also worked as a corporate property advisor and negotiator on public works projects in New Zealand.

Paul advises businesses and private clients on a range of commercial and property matters as well as asset protection and structuring. Paul is also retained by financiers and receivers throughout New Zealand in security enforcement and debt recovery matters. 


  • Business transactions
  • Commercial property and commercial leases
  • Insolvency, security enforcement and debt recovery, including mortgagee sales
  • Residential conveyancing and subdivisions
  • Asset protection, including wills, trusts and relationship property
  • Public Works acquisitions, dispositions and negotiations

 Email:   pmcgarry@hlslegal.co.nz 

Ph: 027 510 7607

Jill O'Neill

Jill is a senior registered legal executive and is the latest senior staff member to join Hill Lee & Scott.

Jill comes to Hill Lee & Scott with over 35 years experience in law.  She has worked as a senior registered legal executive at major Canterbury law firms for over ten years. 

Jill brings significant expertise to the firm in the areas of residential conveyancing and other property matters as well as Wills and Powers of Attorney. 

She enjoys assisting clients with all residential conveyancing and associated matters and looks forward to being of assistance to all existing and new clients of the firm.

Email:  joneill@hlslegal.co.nz 

Jo Langton

Jo is an experienced legal executive whose work focuses on property matters, business conveyancing and estate planning. 

Email: jlangton@hlslegal.co.nz 

Kelley Burley

Kelley has day-to-day control of our estate adminstration. She also advises our clients on matters including, wills and estate planning, family trust formation and administration.

Email: kburley@hlslegal.co.nz 


Louise Mei

Louise joined Hill Lee & Scott in June 2019 after completing her LLB and BA at the University of Canterbury. She was admitted to the bar in September 2018.

Her work primarily focuses on residential conveyancing.

Email: lmei@hlslegal.co.nz