Meet the ASCO Legal Team

Miles Agmen-Smith

LLB (Hons)
Miles is a senior commercial lawyer who has practised in New Zealand, as a partner in both a medium and a national law firm, and in the UK. He has substantial experience in commercial and corporate law including business sales, purchases and other transactions, structure issues, branding, marketing, intellectual property protection and other areas relevant to the needs of business clients. Miles has special expertise in franchising including all aspects of franchise system establishment and operation, agreements, disclosure documents, industry compliance issues, and disputes. He is a past Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand Inc., and has often contributed articles and presented on franchising in New Zealand and overseas. In addition, he has wide experience in Trust and Estate protection issues and organisational structure. Miles is a Registered Member of the New Zealand Trustee Association. He was the joint presenter of the New Zealand Law Society National Seminar on Not for Profit Organisations..

Alistair van Schalkwyk

Alistair has a wealth of experience in commercial, employment and property law as well as trusts and estate planning. This includes several years at a leading property specialist law firm and a prominent New Zealand trust company. He holds qualifications in both Law and Commerce and is fluent in two languages: English and Afrikaans. His background and blend of experience allow him to provide a valuable range and depth of advice to our clients.

Ada Xie

Ada joined our team at ASCO Legal from an Auckland based property specialist firm for new challenges and to broaden her commercial law experience. She holds qualifications in both Law and Accounting and is fluent in two languages: Mandarin and English. She enjoys a strong accounting and commercial background gained from engagements in China and New Zealand.

Luzette Marrett

Luzette has a background in professional advocacy and alternative dispute resolution in addition to the other aspects of her legal background, which enables her to offer a unique perspective and a range of solutions to our clients' challenges and needs. She has a passion for achieving positive outcomes for her clients.

Moira Frankovich

Senior Registered Legal Executive
Moira has many years of legal executive experience at a senior level. She has a hands-on role in our large conveyancing client base, estate administration and also assists in a variety of commercial and franchising matters.

Mary Baker

Trust Accountant
Mary is the firm's trust and practice account administrator and has extensive experience in legal accounting.

Susanne Cooke

Legal Secretary
Susanne is our Legal Secretary. She has a wealth of experience in the legal field, having worked for a variety of well-respected barristers and solicitors around New Zealand. She is always ready to help with a smile, and will generally be your first point of contact with the ASCO Legal team.