Polina Kozlova

Legal Staff

Relationship Property / Trusts

Polina is an Associate who specialises in trusts, estates and relationship property (including separation and divorce). She has an LLB from the Auckland University of Technology and was admitted to the bar in 2017. She also has experience in trust and estate disputes and cross-border jurisdictional issues relating to trusts, estates and relationship property.

Polina enjoys assisting clients with all aspects of family succession planning and dispute resolution in matters concerning division of relationships property, trusts and estates. As a Russian speaker, Polina regularly assists foreign clients in relation to estate planning in New Zealand. Polina is valued by clients for her dedicated work ethics and, in particular, prompt response to their needs.

Polina is an active member of STEP, a global professional body for trust and estate practitioners. Polina has completed the New Zealand STEP Advanced Diploma in Trusts and Estates in 2017 and since 2021 holds the highest level of STEP membership -TEP - which is a recognition of her specialist knowledge in this area. In 2022 Polina completed STEP Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates with a merit endorsement.  She is also a member of the Auckland Women Lawyers' Association and the Family Law Section and is appointed to sit as a committee member on the ADLS Trust law Committee for 2022-2024 term.

Polina has been published in the New Zealand Law Journal and STEP Journal on the encumbrance instruments and the extent of disclosure to beneficiaries under New Zealand law. She was a top performing student for Commercial Transactions and Torts papers in university in her year.

Polina joined Martelli McKegg in April 2022 having previously spent four years in Brookfields Lawyers and most recently, one year at Wynyard Wood. Polina knew early in her career that she wanted to specialise in the private client area and was fortunate to work alongside experts in the area from the start of her career.Outside of work, Polina dedicates most of her spare time to her daughter and family. She is also a regular gym goer and enjoys playing tennis.

Recent articles

No remedy for abuse? Unpacking a case concerning a breach of fiduciary duty to an adult child

Testing the waters - New Zealand's new trust law and the Courts' ability to approve variations that may be detrimental to beneficiaries

Why is it important to have a will in New Zealand?

Digital assets and memories - how to deal with them on your death

Personal Obligations Made Binding on Future Landowners - the Unstable Edifice that is Jackson Mews v Menere - by Rod Thomas and Polina Kozlova

(Un)priviliged position - the extent of disclosure to beneficiaries following a recent New Zealand Supreme Court decision