About Catherine O'Connell Law

Catherine O’Connell Law is the legal practice of Catherine O’Connell, a Tokyo-based, bi-lingual (English and Japanese) New Zealander who is licensed in New Zealand, the UK, and Japan.

With direct legal experience expanding over 20 years, and legal, business and cultural connections to Japan for over three decades, the firm was established in January 2018.

As a new law firm model, we provide you with alternative options for legal services (e.g., general corporate and commercial, compliance and regulatory) so that you can leverage them to your specific business needs.

Catherine O'Connell Law || Tokyo Japan
We really enjoyed working with Catherine as she was friendly and so easy to deal with, grasped the problem we had and could resolve our issue quickly and easily.
— VINX Corp, a software solutions company

Our Legal Services




→ Staffing gaps

→ Maternity/parental/medical leave

→ Budget limits hiring full-time lawyer

→ Project-based support

→ Training and workshops

→ Contract overflow or extra capacity when needed

Catherine O'Connell Legal-Services in Japan

Japan firms expanding business overseas

→ Communicate in English with foreign clients

→ Strategise internally in Japanese

→ Client perspective “secret weapon”

→ Secondments for Foreign firms’ clients

→New Zealand-based law firm client support



→ Proactive legal support before problems arise

→ Run a legal “health-check” of your business

→ Supplier and customer contracting

→ Stay ahead of compliance & regulatory changes

→ Upskill your staff through training/workshops

It goes without saying that Catherine’s style and fluency in Japanese language and culture made the interface with our staff extremely efficient.
— Spectrum Brands, Alistair Grant, Regional General Counsel, APAC.