Our Immigration Lawyers

NZ Immigration Specialists.

At Pacific Legal our regular in house training and mentoring processes keeps our team constantly up to date. We use state of the art practice management systems to manage cases and watch deadlines.
Richard Small

Richard Small

Director/Senior Lawyer

Richard Small has over 20 years of specialist experience as a lawyer in his field. He holds New Zealand Law Society Committee positions and is often quoted in national media as an immigration expert. A past Chair and member of the New Zealand Society Immigration and Refugee Law committees, Richard was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Association of Migration Investment (NZAMI) in 2015, the peak body for immigration advisers in New Zealand.

  • 2015 Winner Corporate INTL Legal Award, Specialist Immigration Boutique Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand.
  • 2015 Winner NZAMI Community Outreach Awards.
Diana Bell

Diana Bell


Diana joined our team in 2014.  As a senior experienced lawyer, Diana has over ten years immigration legal experience and has previously assisted clients from a wide range of countries, including Brazil, France, United States, Canada, Indonesia, China and Africa. She has considerable experience with assisting employers and skilled migrant applicants. She has cultivated familiarity with immigration processes and is passionate about providing excellent standard of client care and assistance. She is an avid rugby supporter and is fluent in the Samoan language. Diana was previously previously a member of the Auckland Newmarket Business Association.

Anaise Small

Anaise Small


Anaise is co-owner and founder of the firm with Richard. She has a high profile in the Tongan community and is fluent in Tongan. Anaise co-ordinates our interviews for Pacific clients in Auckland and Tonga.

Anaise manages the relationship with our Pacific clients and assists with the administration of the firm.

Richard's Visa & Immigration Blogs

Immigration Law Blogs

Richard’s Blogs, your go-to source for the latest updates on New Zealand immigration. Whether you’re a newcomer excited to start a new life in Aotearoa or a seasoned Kiwi looking to bring loved ones to the land of the long white cloud, you’ll find valuable insights and practical advice on visas, residence, citizenship, and other matters of interest to immigrants and their families.

Richard is an experienced immigration lawyer who has helped countless clients navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of NZ immigration. In his blogs, he shares his knowledge and expertise on a wide range of topics, from the basics of applying for a visa to the finer points of policy and procedure

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We offer immigration advice through our experienced team who maintain a thorough understanding of the current immigration legislation. We are not afraid of difficult cases and unexpected events.