Jessica Middleton

Senior Associate

Jessica Middleton

Senior Associate


For the last eight years, Jessica has helped clients find solutions to structural, governance, and transactional issues arising throughout the whole life cycle of their business.

Jessica advises across a variety of corporate and commercial issues, including sales and purchases of businesses and shares, shareholders’ agreements, structuring and governance matters, joint ventures, commercial leasing, and complex contractual arrangements.

Although she assists a wide range of clients, including professional services firms, SMEs, and charitable trusts, Jessica has a particular focus on Māori commercial work assisting Māori entities from whenua trusts and Māori incorporations to PSGEs and their related subsidiaries.

She also has a passion for intellectual property law, with a particular focus on trademarks.

Acknowledging that the legal side of business can be overwhelming and complex, Jessica believes strongly in providing practical and accessible advice, making an effort to understand her clients’ values and priorities, and delivering solutions in a way that suits their needs.

Jessica serves as a Trustee for the McCaw Lewis Foundation, the firm’s charitable organisation, which encourages healthy and happy children in the Waikato.

Originally from Hamilton, Jessica grew up on the North Shore of Auckland and spent time in London, before returning to the Waikato. Jessica joined McCaw Lewis in 2018 and was appointed as a Senior Associate in April 2021.

  • Bachelor of Arts (English, History) (BA)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Bar admission


  • Chair, McCaw Lewis Foundation