We get a kick out of helping Kiwis succeed.

We’re technology commercialisation specialists. We just happen to be lawyers.


We get a kick out of helping Kiwis succeed.

We’re technology commercialisation specialists. We just happen to be lawyers.

We start by listening, then asking the right questions.  Let’s talk.

New ideas are exciting. Your head is filled with possibilities. Followed closely by a lot of big questions.

Getting sound advice upfront can save you a lot of stress, cost and lost opportunities down the track. You need specialist support from people who are in business to help yours succeed.

Bowie Yorke will help you make the strategic decisions that maximise the value of your ideas. We have a track record of getting great results, and helping our clients succeed. 

We’re here for the innovator, the inventor and the outside-the-box thinker. 

With more than 40 years of legal experience between us, we can guide clients in the right legal and commercial direction.  We’ve encountered most challenges before, so we can help you navigate any situation effectively. 

Every time you work with us, you’re dealing with a partner, never an inexperienced junior.  You get big firm expertise without the big firm price tag.  And because we're small and specialised we're agile and insightful – focused on real commercial solutions that are exactly what our clients need.  

We’re business owners too, so we ‘get’ what matters. 



No Jargon. Just Sound Advice.

So you've had a great idea. Now what?
Talk to us. 

No Jargon. Just Sound Advice.

So you've had a great idea. Now what?
Talk to us. 



We’re well practised at assessing the risks and offering pragmatic solutions: whether you need ‘one off’ assistance, or step-by-step support to create, develop, protect and market your innovation.  Here's what we can do for you:

technology creation & development

We’ll help you cover your bases if you’re involved in creating or developing something new. 

  • Employment agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Commissioning and service agreements
  • Research and development agreements
  • Collaboration agreements

Trade marks

Get vital protection for your brand and future reputation.

  • Trade mark registration services, including filing and maintaining trade mark applications and registrations
  • Trade mark licences
  • Advice on trade mark infringement issues
  • Trade mark clearance searches

Commercial & business contracts

Make sure you’re protected with robust, appropriate contracts for your day-to-day commercial needs.

  • Manufacturing/OEM agreements
  • Supply agreements
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Goods or services trading terms
  • Services and consultancy agreements
  • Leases
  • Buying and selling businesses

corporate services

We can help you to establish and maintain a solid foundation that makes it easier for your business to succeed and grow. 

  • Company incorporations
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Unincorporated joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Limited partnerships
  • Advice on capital raising
  • Company secretarial matters

ICT & Internet

Get the support and advice you need to navigate the rapidly changing digital terrain. 

  • Software licences
  • Software and app development contracts 
  • Support and maintenance contracts
  • Escrow agreements
  • Website development agreements
  • Website and e-commerce terms and conditions
  • Outsourcing and cloud service agreements 
  • Advice on digital copyright issues
  • Privacy policies, and advice on privacy law issues

IP Protection

Make sure you own your IP and protect all aspects of it.

  • Advice on IP ownership issues
  • Copyright advice: ownership and infringement issues
  • Connecting with the right patent attorney for your technology

Intellectual property licensing & technology transfer

The right advice and tools to protect and successfully exploit your new technologies and innovations around the world.

  • Patent licences
  • IP licences: copyright, know-how, plant variety rights and designs
  • Advice on international licensing deals 
  • Franchise agreements
  • Advice on IP transfer and ownership issues

Just keep having great ideas. We'll take care of the rest.

In addition to good coffee, what gets us out of bed in the morning is contributing to the success of our clients.

Just keep having great ideas. We'll take care of the rest.

In addition to good coffee, what gets us out of bed in the morning is contributing to the success of our clients.

We both love seeing New Zealand businesses succeed,
and are keen to hear how we can help yours.


In our careers, we’ve acted for clients from high profile multinationals, to Kiwi start-ups and SMEs across all sectors. You may know some of them: Comvita, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Otago and Massey Universities, AUT, The Warehouse, Pacific Edge, Tyco Electronics, Les Mills, Air New Zealand, Fletcher Building, Pumpkin Patch, Fonterra and Formway Furniture.


BCom/LLB (Hons)

Allan offers clients a wealth of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer working with cutting-edge technology companies, universities and research institutes, as well as investors in innovation. 

His focus is on helping clients develop, protect and commercialise new technologies and innovations. This includes structuring, negotiating and drafting international licence agreements for New Zealand organisations. Allan has advised on numerous research and development collaborations.  He is also an expert in trade mark protection and branding issues.

As a previous partner of AJ Park, Allan established the firm’s commercial team with Scott. Before joining AJ Park, Allan was a partner at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, where he established the firm’s intellectual property team. 

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 directory termed Allan “without peer as a commercialisation expert; he’s very practical and client focused”. Since 2009, Best Lawyers® has recommended Allan as one of New Zealand’s top IP lawyers. And in 2010 he was named one of this country’s top 30 external commercial lawyers by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand.

Scott Yorke

LLB (Hons)

Scott is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in technology and intellectual property. He works with clients to develop, commercialise and protect their technologies and innovations. He has expertise in international licensing and other commercial contracts, and helping clients with corporate structuring and capital raising.

Early in his career, Scott worked as a corporate commercial lawyer in Auckland before spending three years as in-house lawyer for a large and innovative UK retailer. 

Returning home, Scott worked for eight years at A J Park, where he met and helped to establish the commercial team with Allan. 

Scott has written articles on innovation and intellectual property law for local and international publications. He’s recognised as an intellectual property and technology commercialisation expert – leading seminars to professional organisations, including the Licensing Executives Society Australia and New Zealand, the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand, the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Auckland District Law Society.