Matthew Smith - Southpac Trust Group 500x500

Matthew Smith

General Counsel, TEP

Matthew joined Southpac in March 2017 and was appointed as General Counsel in July 2020. In this role he oversees the delivery of legal services to all of Southpac’s trustee, protector and corporate management companies and heads up Southpac’s legal team in the New Zealand office. He has a particular interest in Cook Islands and Nevis trust legislation and keeps a close eye on developments in those jurisdictions. Matthew originally graduated with a BA Hons in French and Linguistics from the University of Durham, UK, before obtaining Graduate Diplomas in Law and Legal Practice from the University of Law in London. He is a dual-qualified lawyer/attorney, having been admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2008 and as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2017. Prior to moving to New Zealand, he worked as a lawyer for Her Majesty’s Courts Service in London where he advised judges of the High Court and Court of Appeal on law, practice and procedure across a range of appeals and judicial reviews. Matthew obtained a Trust and Estate Practitioner designation from STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, in 2021 after passing the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management with distinction. He also holds three STEP Excellence Awards, having achieved the highest worldwide score via distance learning across the four papers making up the STEP Diploma in 2021, as well as in two of those individual papers.

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