Bill graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1976 with Bachelor of Laws with Honours. He joined Rodney Venning that year and was admitted as a partner in 1979, forming Venning Brown & Co. In 1992 Bill set up his own practice, William Brown Law, and in 2007 he merged with Saunders Robinson to form Saunders Robinson Brown.
He specialises in commercial law, trusts, estate planning and rural law, and also has particular expertise in dealing with consent applications under the Overseas Invesment Act. Bill's practice has a significant focus on succession planning and he has advised a number of farming and business clients in this area.
Bill is a director of a number of private companies, and acts as a professional trustee for a number of private and charitable trusts. He also acts for various not-for-profit organisations.
Some of Bill's recent work includes:
- Advising a major Canterbury-based dairy operation on commercial and sucession planning matters
- Advising a major contracting firm on shareholder transition as part of succession planing
- Advising clients on the most appropriate structures for business undertakings, such as subdivisions
- Acting for a major child care chain
- Honorary solicitor for the Rangiora Returned Services Association
- Honorary solicitor for the Rangiora Golf Club
- Member of the New Zealand Law Society