Prestige Lawyers offers expert advice for those planning to visit New Zealand temporarily for education, business, employment or investment purposes; or are considering migrating, on their own or with their partner or children, or retiring to New Zealand. With a number of successful immigration cases to our name, we make sure our clients receive the correct advice – from obtaining a visa to the immigration process itself.
After working for law firms in New Zealand and Australia, Royal found herself confined to the glass ceiling inhibiting her ability to realise her cultural talent and creativity in the law career, hence she ventured to establish her own practice in Hamilton in 2006 as a sole practitioner.
Responding to increasing demand from the migrant communities for bilingual legal services, Royal moved to Auckland and transformed the firm to offer full-service in litigation (with a special focus on family law), conveyancing, immigration and investment. Royal’s strategy in concentrating the firm’s expertise on multicultural, multilingual and China market gave the firm an edge over other practices of similar size whilst providing complementarity to larger firms which lack the cultural flair.
Following her success in helping the Chinese migrant community, Royal reached out to the Japanese, Korean and other Asian clientele by employing staff native of these countries and compiling legal information (eBooks) in those languages.
Being an entrepreneur, Royal challenged herself beyond the legal comfort zone to become a public speaker and social media influencer. She gave numerous speeches and held pro bono legal information sessions both in New Zealand and overseas.
Royal’s corporate social responsibility initiatives include being a member of Kea New Zealand’s Global Board, board member of On Being Bold group, and advising the Luxury Network, Auckland Art Gallery, Land Information New Zealand, and many other private companies both locally and internationally.
Royal received legal training in New Zealand, international policy studies from Republic of China, Negotiation skills and Professional Service Firm Management from Harvard University. She also qualified as a mediator via LEADR NZ, Arbitrator in Republic of China, legal interpreter, and a Certified Agile Coach.
Royal is recognised by numerous honours and awards, including the 2016 ANZ Migrant Support Award and winner of the highly commended award for Community Service in Law at the 2012 NZ Law Awards. Under her leadership, Prestige Law was a finalist in the NZ Law Awards’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year and Employer of Choice: 1 – 50 since 2015. Prestige Law was listed in the 2019 Innovative Law Firm by NZ Lawyer Magazine for pioneering technology in legal practices and a finalist in the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ by Diversity Works NZ for demonstrating best practice in workplace diversity and inclusion.
Shalveena joined Prestige Law as a lawyer in 2011. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Law at the University of Auckland and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2010. Shalveena is also admitted as a lawyer in Victoria, Australia. She has expertise in civil litigation – particularly in the areas of business, commercial and property disputes, separation, relationship property, family law and employment matters. She has considerable experience in dealing with complex legal issues in the context of court proceedings. Shalveena enjoys immersing herself in different cultures and being involved in and helping the community.
She is a vegan and in her spare time she loves cooking and learning more about health and fitness.
We are a multilingual law firm specialising in cross-cultural dispute resolution. We navigate the nuances of representing Chinese clients in litigation, using Chinese evidence in accordance with the various rules, using translators and international experts.
Thank you so much. What an opportunity to spend time with you and your team at the special lunch gathering with the clients organized by your Company. It was so nice to be able to talk to you and your team face to face. I felt you were an old friend to me, so kind and warm.
I have known you for many years now. You have put in a lot of effort to build up such a company and team. Well done!
A young girl from Taiwan, replying on your own perseverance and wisdom, serving the large Chinese community in New Zealand, helping the vulnerable groups. You are a true warrior. We the Chinese people here in New Zealand are proud of you.
You helped me deal with problems, due to your rich experience and wise decision-making skill, I could live a happy life for 19 years in this country. Many times, the deep conversation with you gave me much confidence and enabled me to go through many crises. You are a person full of feelings, affections and compassions, I’m reassured to have you deal with the problems for me. I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude! In the coming days, we will still need your team to be our guardian angel, guard us and protect us to live a happy and peaceful life in New Zealand. Thanks again for your thoughtful and unique service, very much appreciated.
As an Advisory Partner of Grant Thornton, the international accounting and advisory firm, I have worked on a number of assignments with Royal and her team at Prestige Lawyers. I have found Royal and Prestige to be great to work with, always striving for the best outcomes for their clients while showing great empathy for their clients’ needs at any particular time. I greatly appreciate the high quality working relationship that has developed between Royal and myself/Grant Thornton. I would have no hesitation in recommending Royal and Prestige, particularly as specialist lawyers in the Asia/NZ business space.
Efficient, professional, extreme attention to details, great teamwork and wealth of knowledge in all legal aspects in the area we needed help with. Highly recommended.
I met Royal for the first time at her CBD office when I was in the darkest moment of my life. I didn’t realise that this meeting would become the most important support I could ever have.
In front of Royal’s professionalism, I explained to her each dilemma I had to deal with — including family issue, financial issue, business issue, immigration issue, and even criminal issue. Royal showed great patience, comprehension, and most of all, she understood my anguish. All the long way struggling for justice, Royal and her fabulous team provided me continued advises, refined strategy, and kept fighting to protect my best interest. Behind the huge pile of my files, I saw much more than an admirable legal professional, but a lawyer/barrister with great human nature. During three years, between courts and bureaux, reports and arguments, no matter how hopeless or painful I was, I knew that Royal and her team will look after me and fight for me.
Now I finally start my new life. But I won’t be able to go through this incredible journey without Royal’s help. I will always remember the incomparable professionalism, dealing each legal detail with efficiency and elegancy, from Prestige Lawyers. Stepping into Royal’s office door was the best decision I could ever make. My profound gratitude to Royal and her team. Thank you.
We have been longtime clients with Prestige. Our experiences and interactions with the team at Prestige have been one of highly professional and taylored advice, prompt communications and expedited resolution.
Most definitely recommend Royal and her fantastic team.
We used Prestige Law to buy our first house. We found them fantastic to deal with. Communication was great and any questions answered promptly and clearly.
A very efficient and friendly group of people to work with.
Prestige law provide a very engaging and attentive service, with vast knowledge delivered in a professional manner. I would definitely continue to strengthen our relationship with Team prestige law and proud to recommend the service to others.
Royal & Roshni have successfully resolved a civil/construction issue we had with our neighbour. They were very attentive to our needs and regularly communicated with us every step of the way. We highly recommend Royal and Roshni.
I’m writing this letter to say thank you for all the support you and your team have delivered in the past months, even though the purchase agreement did not complete in the end, I really appreciated the help and was honoured to meet you guys
A big thank you for your ongoing assistance and efficient handling of this transfer. We particularly appreciate the speed with which you prepared the Sale/purchase agreement when we were desperate to have it done quickly, and the patience in explaining the requirements as the transaction proceeded.
Dear Royal, I am writing this letter to express the deepest appreciation for your excellent and professional job what you and your team have done for my work visa application. I would like to say you saved my life and solved my family crisis. I just want to make sure you know how much you are appreciated.I still remember when Helen recommended you to me and I turned to you asking for help is a Saturday night. Only five days before my visa expires. You called me straightaway that night to view my case, which I am so grateful. That was a very bad and urgent situation, my PR application was declined due to some misleading information entered in my EOI form, immigration doubted my character, then my work visa application was declined due to same reason. And I just labored a newborn baby at same time. Everything came together, I was so stressed and depressed. I have never thought my case will turn out to be so serious and difficult. Luckily I met prestige lawyers, you guys gave me constructive suggestions, professional services and logical ideas. With your help of good preparation and explanation my work visa application approved for 3 years, and It was quickly approved within 12 days after the new application.Now my husband and I can have a breath and relax. We can have a new start from now on, especially with my little baby.Thank you very much again for everything that you guys have done for me.
Over the past 10 years, Prestige Law have always taken care of our property investment matters with finesse and proficiency. Being overseas at the time of our most recent refinance was not even a problem. Prestige are very tech-savvy and everything was arranged with ease via instant messaging using my mobile phone.
I’ve also had great pleasure in partnering with Prestige Law to produce content for their digital media journey. Through filming and photographing various events and collaborations, I have been deeply impressed with this firm’s innovation and how they are suited to support clients from many various cultural & language backgrounds. It is always a joy to visit Prestige’s offices and be greeted with friendly smiles and warm cup of Chinese tea.
I have been working with the team Prestige Law & Consulting for the past 5 years. I have always found Royal and her team to be professional, timely with responses to queries and personable. They have phenomenal facilities, meeting rooms. Clients are treated with respect and they go above and beyond to help.
Their knowledge of customs & law across Chinese and Kiwi cultures make them uniquely placed to provide a comprehensive service. I love that Prestige have a diverse team in terms of age, gender balance and skill sets. I also love how they keep up with technology, and advancements in social media, making easier to communicate.
Oh and the office dog! So cute and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I do love the way the business has a real family feel to it. However, when it comes to the tough cases, Royal and her team are definitely the team you want in your corner. Highly recommend
Mrs Reed and her team were involved from the early stage of the application for the preparation work. All my questions including setting the right direction, documents preparation and all the details in the process I was able to get prompt and accurate reply from Mrs Reed and her team, I was very impressed with their professional performance. Two months after the submission of the Employer’s questionnaire, without any requirement for further changes or interview I got what I was after, to a great degree this was because Mrs Reed and her team had a proper understanding of the whole situation and the details. I highly recommend Mrs Reed and her team. If you have similar situation you’d better get in touch with Mrs Reed’s team quickly and get some advice from them.
We always consider our teams’ needs to create the ideal workplace environment.
We offer flexible hours and remote working arrangements for team members who require them. If a team member has a long commute, they can re-arrange their start and finish times to avoid peak traffic. If they have to travel away from Auckland due to a change in family circumstances, they can work remotely.
We provide regular opportunities for the team to develop their professional and social skills and gain further insights into Asian languages and cultures. These opportunities include:
It was three years ago that I had become an official member of the team at Prestige Law. I started right from the very basics by working in the client-facing frontline. I began learning about our clients’ individual matters, their experiences, and emotions as well as witnessed them conquer legal hardships and how they were able to walk through trials into eventual triumphs. Through the legal help of the firm, I witnessed many successful visa applications being granted, property and business transactions completed and cross-border disputes being resolved. Even as an assistant, the team’s achievements gave me a great sense of accomplishment.
Through my bilingual capabilities, I was able to assist the lawyers more in areas of client communication, evidence review, and organisation as well as document translations. Shortly after, Royal offered me an opportunity to complete a legal course to become a New Zealand registered legal executive. At the time I was merely an assistant holding a two-year work visa. Although I was very excited about this opportunity, I was also anxious and worried, worried that I would not be able to successfully obtain this qualification given I did not have any prior legal study foundations. Both Royal and the firm provided me with a lot of support and motivation. Through the practical and real-life experienced obtained from full-time work at the firm, I was able to successfully complete all six papers to become a New Zealand registered legal executive!
The step by step journey from being someone who had no legal foundation to becoming a legal executive was something I never imagined possible. However, Royal maintained her faith in me showed me endless support right from the very beginning. I would not be where I am today if it was not for Royal’s investment and the selfless sharing of her invaluable experiences and wisdom. As a young international student that migrated to New Zealand to study in 2007, I had found myself facing numerous obstacles in both my studies and in finding work. I, therefore, cannot express my gratitude towards Royal enough, for her continuous support and encouragement, for the opportunities she has given me through quality training and development and for allowing me to work in an environment where I am treated equally to my peers and able to receive recognition of my work through salary reviews. We now often find ourselves excited about what is to come and talking about our plans to build a better future as a firm. Royal came into my life like a lamp in the dark, she gave me hope when I was at my lowest and helped to show me a new pathway in life, one that leads to betterment.
I am a lawyer from Brazil and joined the Prestige team 3 years ago as a Legal Consultant. Royal encouraged me to get my qualification transferred to New Zealand to be admitted as a solicitor within the New Zealand jurisdiction. I have then started studying at AUT and working part-time. As we work as a team through an online system, it is possible to have some flexibility in relation to work hours and location. It has been great having the opportunity to study and visit the family while still working. The productivity and communication remain fluent in such an accommodating arrangement.
It was a great pleasure working for Prestige Law in the past 5 years. Royal always inspires and motivates me to grow through various challenges and valuable experiences. I really appreciate her continuous guidance and kind support in both my career development and personal life.
The prestige team is diligent and supportive and always focuses on customer satisfaction. Each member has an attractive personality and loves helping each other to achieve the goals for clients.
I highly recommend Prestige Law to you and believe that they will be your amazing “life partner” in NZ!
From my time at Prestige Lawyers as a junior clerk all the way through several solid years as a Barrister and Solicitor I grew immensely under the guidance of Royal together with the team at Prestige Lawyers. I had the privilege to be part of an awesome group of consummate professionals who always went the extra mile for our clients, and no matter how difficult the case the team always fought for our clients interests until the end.
Thank you Royal and the team at Prestige Lawyers, I will always cherish the wonderful memories that we have had as a team together and am proud to be an alumni of Prestige Lawyers.
I have two children, one is 5 and one is 3. I have been staying at home look after them full time since the little one was born. Before that I was working from home for the Prestige Lawyers for over a year. I loved my work but stopped when the second child came around. While I was at home looking after the children, I embarked on my study to get the Legal executive Diploma. I finished my study at the end of last year and received my diploma of Legal Executive this year. My elder daughter started school and younger daughter started preschool earlier this year, then I wanted to enter work field again. With these two young children to look after and limited time available for work, my ideal job would be working part time. I am so thankful, because I got more than I have wanted. I got the opportunity to work for the Prestige Lawyers again, work as a legal executive remotely. The firm is based in Auckland, but I am living in Wellington. It’s very kind of Royal to offer me this job, and I love my job. In the job, I can use what I have learned, and I am constantly learning. I love my team, they are all working hard to help clients in many ways, I am proud to be this big family. Now I can work to enhance my skill, and at the same time I can look after my children when they finish school and preschool. Thank you Royal and everyone in Prestige Lawyers.