Our Team 

Peter Quinn

Peter has been in practice for over 30 years in Christchurch and has a range of experience advising clients in all areas from purchasing property, Wills and Trusts through to more complicated commercial matters and farming.

Peter has a particular focus and interest in advising clients with regard to succession planning and Family Trusts as well as advising a large number of the firm's rural clients both in relation to their business and in ensuring a smooth transition of family assets across the generations.

 Outside of work Peter is a keen runner and maintains an active involvement in his local Bowls club.


  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Succession planning
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Commercial Property
  • Residential property
  • Farming and Rural 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 

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 

Brendan McConnell

Brendan retired from the practice in December 2017.

For existing clients of Brendan or those looking to contact him, please contact us on info@hlslegal.co.nz and we can advise you on best to address your enquiry.

Anne Gibbs

Anne has been working as a legal executive at Hill Lee & Scott for over ten years and has a wealth of experience. Primarily supporting Peter and Brian, Anne has significant experience in residential conveyancing matters and estate administration. 

Email:  agibbs@hlslegal.co.nz 

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 

Melanie Reid

Mel joined the firm in 2015 after from a major Canterbury firm and brings with her years of experience working as a legal executive. Mel primarily supports Tim and Paul with conveyancing matters and generally trying to organise their lives.

Email:   mreid@hlslegal.co.nz