Emily Dwight, LLB

Senior Solicitor

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Member of New Zealand Law Society and Canterbury District Law Society, 


I work with Duncan Macintyre practicing property, private client and immigration law. 

For clients hoping to live and work in New Zealand, their INZ experience can be fraught with deadlines, evidence and red tape. Purchasing a property can also be challenging, especially when it is a first home or where there are nasty EQC surprises. I am very proud of my reputation for providing efficient service and making legal transactions and processes as stress-free and straightforward as possible.  My focus is on smoothing the way for clients - to ensure they have a positive experience.

Property & Commercial

  • The sale and purchase of residential real estate, including first home purchases, KiwiSaver first home withdrawals and Kiwisaver Homestart grants

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, 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 visa requirements

Private Client

  • Wills
  • Family trusts
  • Enduring powers of attorney


LLB, University of Canterbury, School of Law

Continuing education is part of staying at the top of your legal game and in just the last few months I have studied:

  • Annual Immigration Law Conference
  • Update on Changes to Temporary Work Visas
  • Legalwise Immigration Law Conference (2021 & 2022)


I began my legal journey in 2018 in a small property firm where I laid the ground work for effective conveyancing.  In 2019 I joined Layburn Hodgins and have since added immigration work to my legal portfolio.