Sally McMillan

Sally McMillan

027 201 7788

Family & Relationship Property Law * Criminal, Traffic & Regulatory Law * Mediation & Dispute Resolution * Immigration Law * University Disciplinary Matters * Inquests * Family  Protection * Health and Disability Commission


Sally was born, raised and educated in Otago and has been a lawyer in Dunedin for most of the last 30 years specialising in various aspects of litigation, advocacy and dispute resolution.

Her first 7 years in practice was at the Crown Solicitors office where she was counsel on numerous district and high court trials, and headed the regulatory team, prosecuting for crown entities including the IRD, Social Welfare, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Department of Labour. During this time Sally also practiced family and relationship property law, and mastered the basics of property and estate practise.

After an OE travelling and practising in the UK in a firm specialising in personal injury litigation, upon her return to NZ Sally was appointed as an Investigating Prosecutor for the Ministry of Fisheries, working initially on the high profile investigation and prosecution of Rex Haig for conspiring to defraud the quota management system.

There followed a number of years as a litigation partner with Anderson Lloyd in Dunedin, during which time she advised a number of public entities including DCC regulatory teams, the University of Otago and the Southern DHB. For several years a significant part of her practice focussed on the Otago DHB Swann fraud; Sally led the internal investigation for the DHB and the referral to the SFO, then worked closely with the SFO, the Police and the Crown to secure conviction in relation to what was, at that time, NZ’s largest ever fraud. Sally has since defended a number of other high-profile clients on fraud and related criminal charges, and acted for several public and private entities advising on internal fraud investigations.

Sally has been the sole Principal of McMillan&Co. since 2014. Having experienced a range of different practice models over 25 years she says she wanted the challenge of running her own boutique business in her own way. Having become officially “middle-aged” and having picked up some “life experience” along the way, she also felt that she was now thoroughly qualified, not just legally but also personally, to advise and advocate for people when life takes a turn for the worse. Sally considers it a real privilege to help and be trusted by people in their times of personal crisis; she is well-known among her colleagues for her tenacity and perseverance, and among her many loyal clients for working hard in applying her years of experience to get the best possible outcome for them. Under Sally’s leadership the firm prioritises client service, recognising that the work that McMillan&Co. specialises in as a private client firm is very personal to clients and requires a hands-on, roll your sleeves up approach.

In addition to her legal practice, Sally is a NZ Law Society trained Mediator and a member of AMINZ, qualifications which she uses in her capacity as a Court appointed Lawyer for Child or Lawyer to Assist, and as a Mediator appointed by private parties to a range of disputes.

Sally’s current practice is focussed on –

•  Relationship Property disputes -  particularly for high nett worth individuals and involving complex structures including farms, trusts and companies.

•  Criminal matters – including criminal and driving charges, fraud related investigations and prosecutions, applications for discharge without conviction, name suppression, limited licenses and Special Reasons applications under the Land Transport Act.

•  University disciplinary matters – representation on Proctor and Provost investigations, including appeals and Academic Disciplinary proceedings.

•  Immigration – visa and residence applications, including Skilled Migrant and Investor category applications, and appeals to the Immigration & Protection Tribunal.

•  Mediation – privately referred mediations in any of her practice areas, including relationship property, family or family law matters, estate, school and workplace disputes.

•  Lawyer for Child and Lawyer to Assist the Court – appointed by the Court to represent children or assist the court in difficult family law proceedings.

•  Family Protection and Testamentary Promises proceedings.

Sally also spent 6 years on the Legal Aid Review Tribunal, and has served as Convenor of the Otago Women Lawyers Society and on the Council of the Otago District Law Society.

Outside the law she is a former Deputy-Chair of the John McGlashan College Board of Trustees, and currently Honorary Solicitor to the NZ Federation of Graduate Women, a Patron of the Otago Polytechnic School of Art, a member of the Institute of Directors and an Associate of AMINZ, where she serves on the Council Committee.

Sally is married to another lawyer, and is the proud mother of 2 boys (one a law graduate) as well as a neurotic dog. A keen cook, she is an enthusiastic member of The Dunedin Food and Wine Society, and practices yoga and maintains a gym membership to compensate for all the food and wine…. For other fun she moonlights as an interior design consultant and is an erstwhile writer for NZ House and Garden publications, she collects Crown Lynn crockery and New Zealand art, writes a blog, and enjoys planning excursions to faraway places, having recently crossed Cuba, Japan, Mexico and Russia off her bucket list.