Our History

Woods Fletcher and Associates was formed in September 2011 following the merger of Rowland Woods Legal and Fletcherlegal. Since then the firm has delivered consistently high quality results for its clients on an array of complex issues.

Who We Are

Woods Fletcher specialises in public, immigration, employment, and entertainment law, and in dispute resolution. We assist clients to obtain visas and residence in New Zealand, and we deal with issues and resolve disputes in a wide range of legal contexts.  We pride ourselves on offering an excellent standard of client care and assistance; if your legal inquiry is outside of our areas of expertise we have a network of colleagues who can assist.

The Latin American Link

Woods Fletcher enthusiastically supports New Zealand’s Latin American community.  We have strong relationships with Latin American businesses, officials, and people in New Zealand, and enjoy finding new ways to develop those relationships.


Our People

Richard Fletcher


BA, LLB (Auckland 1979); LLM (Public Law) (Auckland 2009)

Richard is the principal of Woods Fletcher & Associates with a specialist focus on dispute resolution, public, employment and entertainment law. Prior to entering the profession 17 years ago, Richard spent two decades working in the media – including for Radio New Zealand and in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for the “National Business Review”. Richard contributes regularly to a range of publications on legal issues. He has appeared in a range of courts and tribunals over the years, including the Court of Appeal, High Court, and Employment and Environment Courts. He has negotiated settlements in major commercial, public and employment disputes, in some cases involving millions of dollars. In his spare time, Richard indulges his wide range of musical tastes with a bit of guitar playing and sound system restoration. He also enjoys collecting furniture and having a quiet drink with friends and family.

Lucas Davies 


Originally from Mount Maunganui, Lucas completed his Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University in 2016. Lucas enjoys chess, reading, dancing, playing squash, and debating with his friends over a beer.

Kathleen Best


Kathleen is currently working towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Maths. Currently she works at Thomson Reuters as well as at Woods Fletcher. Outside of studies and work she is a keen debater and a member of the Victoria Business Consulting club where she sits on the executive as a Development Officer. 

Rob Teagle


Rob is currently working towards a Bachelor of Laws and will be completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations at the end of the year. Along with work and study, he loves to compete in debating and business competitions. He coaches teams for the Victoria Business Consulting club and also sits on the executive as a Development Officer along with Kathleen.