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“We engaged Catherine to help with advice on a contract that was subject to New Zealand
Law. Catherine was referred to us through the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo. 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. Following the practical
business and legal advice we got from Catherine we understood the issue under New
Zealand law, the potential risks and what practical steps to take next. We would have no
hesitation in referring others to use Catherine O’Connell Law. “
- Hirotsugu Fukao, Executive Operating Officer – Alliance, VINX Corp, a software solutions company

“OK Ladies! I've just had a wonderful and very refreshing chat with Catherine regarding all things legal. If you are neglecting this side of your business because it's in the "too hard" basket, please just contact her and LET HER HELP YOU! :) You'll feel amazing and professional - I promise! Get her to tell you about wills too!” 


- Jayne Nakata, Owner of Transformational Retreats

“Catherine is a passionate individual who cares about her clients' needs. She is excellent at explaining how to help businesses grow. And she is dedicated to providing bilingual legal services.”
-Foreign tech-business owner based in Japan


“We have substantial experience working with Catherine. She has extremely strong command of both oral and written Japanese and understands Japanese culture, based on all of her experiences working as in-house legal counsel inside traditional Japanese companies.

We found working with Catherine to be so easy – she provided us with useful insights into business operations and decision making, and what in-house legal teams need to hear from outside counsel in order to provide commercially-relevant, practical and risk-hedging legal advice to management. Strategizing with Catherine on very sensitive labor law issues and other law topics really contributed to the value of the advice and strategy we provided to our foreign clients operating their businesses in Japan.
We believe Catherine’s skills with the Japanese language + legal knowledge + real cultural understanding set her apart from other lawyers in the Tokyo market, and are attributes that both Japanese and foreign clients will value.

We would not hesitate to recommend Catherine as a trusted partner when you want practical, business-focused advice from a western lawyer with a deep understanding of Japanese language, culture and people.”

- Partner in a Medium-sized Japanese law firm with substantial overseas/foreign clients


“Thank you for your excellent and very quick actions. We deeply appreciate your work. Whenever we have inquiries from ANZ, we will make sure that we will ask you for your consultancy/legal advice.”
-Japanese Trading company exporting food products to Australia & New Zealand
“Thank you for your clear communication and clear and concise recommendation - it is very easy to follow.”
– Individual client