Beatrix Chin, LLB

Senior Solicitor

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  • Member of New Zealand Law Society and Canterbury District Law Society, 
  • Member of NZLS Canterbury-Westland Publications Committee;
  • Member of Society of Construction Law New Zealand;
  • Member of National Association of Women in Construction;
  • Member of BNI Strive.


I practice property, commercial and immigration law; however as I do enjoy variety in my work, I can also assist you with your family trust matters, wills preparation and enduring powers of attorney. I consider it a privilege to be able to advise you, so I will take the time to get to know you, to listen to your individual situation and to ascertain your matter goals. It is important to me that you are able to make an informed decision on a matter – to this end I ensure that I set out your options in a straightforward manner and in plain English language. My clients appreciate that I am always approachable and that I keep them informed at every step of the way. I have developed a reputation for providing efficient service and for making legal transactions and processes as understandable and as stress-free as possible.


  • Residential and commercial property conveyancing, including specialising in land and build transactions
  • Building Contracts
  • Easements preparation, surrender, variation
  • Property subdivisions (fee simple subdivision, boundary adjustment)
  • Family trusts restructuring transactions


  • Leases
  • Contract Drafting and Contract Review
  • Contractors / Consultants Agreements
  • Terms of Trade
  • Construction Disputes
  • Sale and Purchase of small businesses
  • Business Debt Recovery
  • Company matters including Company formation; Transfer/Sale and Purchase of Shares; Preparation of Shareholders Agreement; Assistance with company Business Plan

New Zealand Immigration

  • All aspects of Immigration work for Temporary Visa and Resident Visa categories including Visitor Visa, Essential Skills Work Visa, Skilled Migrant Resident Visa, Partnership Work/Resident Visa, Talent (Accredited Employer) Visa, Entrepreneur Work Visa, etc.
  • Strategic advice on visa options available
  • Dealing with Character Waiver issues
  • Assisting overseas clients with visa applications to be lodged offshore
  • Liaising with clients’ employers in relation to Immigration’s Labour Market Test and other employer requirements


University of Canterbury 2013, School of Law – L.L.B

Continuing education and keeping up with constant changes in the law ensure that I am able to provide you with quality, up-to-date legal advice,  so in the last 12 months I have attended these seminars:

  • Negotiating Leases
  • What to Do When the Contract Goes Wrong
  • Franchising – Common Pitfalls and Disputes
  • Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules
  • Off-the-Plan Agreements - Sale & Purchase
  • Advising Homeowners on Building Contracts
  • Property Subdivisions
  • Fair Trading Act Seminar
  • Recent Developments in Earthquake related case law
  • Dealing with Building Defects 
  • Immigration Policy Changes and Updates
  • Building Law Series 2017 - Security for Construction Projects
  • The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017


I joined Layburn Hodgins in July 2014 with prior legal experience from community law caseworking and clerkships overseas both with a High Court and a full service law firm. 

I am a regular guest speaker at GJ Gardner Homes ‘New Home Build’ Seminars, advising prospective purchasers on purchasing land, building contracts and what to do pre- and post- build. Building wider community connections is important to me and so I helped establish a Christchurch branch of the New Zealand China Trade Association’s Young Associates, which I currently co-chair. I am also involved with the Canterbury Community Law Centre where I volunteer providing immigration law advice.

Originally from Malaysia, I am competent in Mandarin, Hokkien and Malay.

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