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  • Barristers and Solicitors

    Nelson New Zealand

  • Commercial

    Contracts, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property & Lending

  • Conveyancing

    Residential, Commercial, Sub-Divisions & Leases

  • Wills and Trusts

    Asset Planning, Estates, Enduring Powers of Attorney & Claims Against Estates

  • Employment

    Drafting Employment Contracts, All Aspects of Advice & Advocacy/Representation

  • Property

    Access, Neighbourhood Disputes, Views, Easements & Covenants

  • Relationship Property

    Contracting Out Agreements (“Pre-Nups”), Negotiated Settlements & Advocacy

Since the 1880s
Rout Milner Fitchett
has provided expert legal advice
across a broad range of legal areas

Rout Milner Fitchett is currently owned by two lawyers Craig Morice and Robert Fitchett. Luke Acland joined the partnership from 1 July 2020. All concentrate their work on commercial transactions and conveyancing - together with the associated fields of trusts, estates and family advice.

The partners carry on a firm which has been in existence since the 1880's; but the Fitchett involvement started with Ivan Fitchett coming to New Zealand in 1946. He was joined in the firm by his son John Fitchett in 1970, and John (having retired from ownership of the firm in early 2015) remains as a consultant.

Rout Milner Fitchett is committed to providing clients with rigorous, timely, friendly and cost effective legal services.

Meet our team

Craig Morice
Craig Morice

Craig joined Rout Milner Fitchett in 2006 after working for a law firm in Auckland. Craig completed his B.Com (majoring in economics and business studies) and LLB at the University of Canterbury in 2001. Craig became a partner in February…

Robert Fitchett
Robert Fitchett

Rob joined Rout Milner Fitchett as a lawyer in 2012, returning to Nelson having worked at a national corporate law firm in Wellington. He has a wide practice area which includes commercial and residential property sales and purchases, contract drafting…

John Fitchett
John Fitchett

John is one of Nelson’s most experienced and respected legal practitioners. He specialises in commercial litigation and commercial conveyancing, together with fishing and admiralty work. At all times he looks for creative and cost effective solutions to resolve differences. He…

Luke Acland
Luke Acland

Luke joined the partnership of Rout Milner Fitchett on 1 July 2020, after being with our company for 2 years, having been a barrister in Nelson and, before that, specialising in litigation at national corporate law firms. Luke’s area of…


  • Many thanks for your excellent service. You dealt with everything in a very prompt manner which was very refreshing (in comparison with our UK service).

  • I enjoyed working with you and was impressed with your understanding, empathy and professionalism towards my client during a very traumatic time in her life.

    Sui Cinzah Interpreter and Resettlement Case worker, Red Cross Refugee Services

  • The client Jenavi has been very satisfied with Craig because he is a competent solicitor. He was on time with his appointments with us and there were no problems contacting him . He always responded quickly when we asked for an appointment or when we emailed him.

    Jenavi VAN (client)

  • Thanks for all your help and advice, it was very much appreciated, see you on the street!

  • Many thanks for your advice and guidance through my recent employment situation. Your cut to the chase style and easy manner was very much appreciated.


  • Mum and dad have asked that I send a quick email to you to pass along their thanks for all the work you did on getting their case settled. It has been a huge relief to them to have the matter finally dealt with and for them to feel like they can move on from the drama. Personally, I'd also like to pass on my thanks as I have seen first hand the stress they were under. The settlement is both a moral and financial victory in many regards for them and I cannot thank you enough for your efforts. Hopefully we'll not need legal services in the Nelson district again - but if we do, your number will be the first we call.