Gerard MolloyLLB / BA
Commercial and Property09 306 0603 0275 310 081 gerardm @haighlyon.co.nz
Gerard has broad legal experience. He started out legal life as a litigator, before bringing ...
Gerard has broad legal experience. He started out legal life as a litigator, before bringing his skills across to the commercial and property sphere. Gerard is a trusted advisor to a number of significant companies operating across a range of industry sectors, as well as families and charitable organisations.
Gerard enjoys solving legal problems, and is recognised for his strengths in negotiating deals for clients. Combining strong analytical skills with commercial acumen, Gerard provides concise, pragmatic and solutions-focussed advice.
Gerard has taken the lead on capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, providing strategic advice to boards of directors, negotiating shareholder agreements and complex commercial agreements.
Gerard enjoys providing asset planning advice, and acts as a professional trustee on a number of his client’s trusts. He is often called upon to provide guidance and strategic advice in complex relationship property litigation and estate claims.
Outside of work Gerard can be found at the beach, either struggling to connect with a surfboard, or searching for the elusive large snapper that once took his bait but hasn’t been seen since.
Since joining Haigh Lyon in 2007, Ben has focused on employment law and civil litigation and was made a Partner of the firm in 2012. Ben acts for both commercial organisations and individuals and has appeared in a number of specialist tribunals, Courts, and in arbitration and mediation.
Prior to joining Haigh Lyon, Ben worked in both the private and public sectors, having worked in-house with both the Auckland City Council (as it was known then) and as a prosecutor with the New Zealand Police.
During his time working in-house, Ben completed a Masters in Commercial Law focusing on civil remedies and graduated with honours.
More recently Ben has been appointed as an adjudicator by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and he is responsible for determining inter-agency disputes.
Outside of work Ben enjoys sailing, surfing and spending time outdoors with his family.
Rochelle focuses predominantly on business and commercial matters but also provides advice on property matters, trusts and estate planning. She acts for a variety of clients from individuals through to small businesses and larger organisations.
Rochelle began her career in 2000 and joined Haigh Lyon in 2009. Prior to this, she worked in London for four years in both private practice and in-house roles with a focus on commercial contracts. She has previously worked for two New Zealand firms in the areas of property and commercial law. Rochelle has acted on wide range of transactions throughout her career which enables her to provide comprehensive yet practical commercial and legal advice.
Rochelle has extensive experience in advising clients across many sectors in property transactions, financing and security arrangements including equity financing, business sale and purchases, leases, mergers and joint ventures, contract drafting and negotiations, shareholders’ agreements, buy-sell agreements, corporate structure and governance.
Rochelle is an accredited member of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section.
Rochelle has advised:
In her spare time, Rochelle is kept busy with family. She enjoys spending time with friends outside walking, or at one of the many local restaurants and cafes.
Shaun advises clients on all types of property transactions, appropriate structures and estate planning. Shaun’s clients range from large national and publicly listed companies to families and small to medium enterprises.
Shaun began his career in 2001 with a well-respected Auckland law firm and throughout his career has gained experience in the areas of property, commercial law, trusts and estate planning. In 2004, Shaun moved to London and was admitted as a UK solicitor. He worked in the property department of a large international law firm specialising in the sale and purchase of commercial properties, all aspects of leasing and property management.
Since joining Haigh Lyon in 2012, Shaun and his team have completed the acquisition and disposal of a number of residential properties and valuable commercial properties, completed the registration of a significant number of greenfield subdivisions and unit title developments, attended to the related conveyancing and have provided advice on a number of Overseas Investment Act issues. Shaun has also incorporated the homeowners associations required for such subdivisions, provided advice on their ongoing governance, drafted body corporate rules and regularly advises body corporates on unit title matters.
Shaun is frequently engaged by both landlords and tenants to provide advice on all aspects of leasing having previously completed a number of large leasing programs. He and his team have also been involved in the negotiation of a number of building contracts for clients.
Shaun enjoys working with his clients throughout the transaction. He seeks to understand where a client is coming from so he can understand their concept for a project and ensure their expectations are met.
Shaun is an accredited member of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section.
Shaun has advised:
Outside of work Shaun enjoys spending time with his wife and young family and playing all sports but particularly golf, rugby, skiing and touch rugby as well as doing a spot of fishing every now and again.
Since beginning legal practice in 1999 Amanda has specialised in all areas of family law with a particular interest in relationship property division.
Amanda joined Haigh Lyon in 2011. Prior to that she gained experience practicing in top Auckland law firms, and she spent four years in London working as a child care advocate.
Amanda has assisted a number of spouses and de facto partners with division of their relationship property, largely by agreement between the parties but, if necessary, acting as counsel in bringing or defending claims under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. Amanda works closely with leading Auckland barristers and appears regularly in both the Family Court and the High Court.
Amanda’s areas of expertise are:
Outside of the office, Amanda is a mother of two and enjoys a nice glass of wine.
After early experience as a general practitioner, Rob now offers specialist advice to individuals in relation to conveyancing, trusts, wills, estate administration and commercial leasing, as well as advising small to medium businesses.
Rob grew up in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty districts before moving to Auckland in 1968 to commence his studies for an LLB degree. He now has over 45 years experience in the law, some 35 years as a specialist in property, commercial and trust matters.
Rob acts for a large number of trusts, where he is often an independent trustee. He represents a number of small to medium businesses within the property area and he is able to offer advice on business structures, leasing and general business operations.
Rob balances his business life by competing in multisport and triathlon events. Rob is married to Joanne and they have four children and three grandchildren.
A’lanah studied at the University of Auckland where she completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce. A’lanah joined Haigh Lyon in 2008.
A’lanah has experience in a wide range of legal matters. Her commercial experience includes sales and purchases of businesses and shares, commercial contracts including terms of trade, and leasing.
A’lanah also advises in relation to residential and commercial property sales and purchases, trusts and estate planning, wills, enduring powers of attorney, estate administration and other areas of general practice.
A’lanah acts for a variety of clients including individuals, families, trusts and companies. She enjoys working with clients and providing prompt, easy to understand and pragmatic advice to help achieve desired outcomes.
Outside of work A’lanah enjoys swimming, yoga, walking, watching films and relaxing with family and friends.
Ron has considerable experience in corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, corporate restructurings and drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. Ron also advises on property, trust and estate planning matters.
Ron joined Haigh Lyon after commencing his career at a leading national law firm and subsequently working at a boutique commercial law firm.
He graduated from the University of Auckland in 2008 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Economics) and he has advised leading corporates, large privately-owned businesses, SMEs and individuals on a number of transactions and contractual arrangements.
Ron is driven to achieve the best outcomes for his clients by understanding their business objectives and giving them clear, pragmatic advice which combines strong technical analysis with acute commercial awareness.
Outside of work, Ron enjoys playing cricket, soccer and tennis, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Kate is part of the property team at Haigh Lyon and is a property specialist with expertise in residential and commercial property, subdivisions, leasing, advising on Occupational Right Agreements for retirement villages and rest homes and asset planning including wills, trusts and enduring powers of attorney. She has also been involved in the negotiation process on a number of building contracts.
She enjoys working with clients throughout the transaction and providing them with sound practical advice to achieve their desired result. Kate’s friendly down to earth manner means that clients receive excellent personal advice and she ensures that their expectations are met. Kate takes a genuine interest in client’s transactions no matter the size of the transaction or the client involved. She acts for a variety of client’s from first time home buyers, experienced property developers and those entering into the retirement sector. Kate enjoys forming a long-term client relationship with all her clients to ensure that their needs are met for each transaction.
Kate is an accredited member of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society and regularly attends their seminars and keeps abreast of the regular changes to the legislation.
Kate grew up in the Waikato before moving to Dunedin to complete her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at Otago University, graduating in 2009. Outside of work Kate is involved in a variety of sports, both as a player and volunteer and plays squash, indoor netball and tennis competitively. Kate loves cooking and baking and enjoys nothing better than to share a delicious meal with family and friends.
Christian has experience in a range of commercial areas including sale and purchase of business, commercial contracts and leasing. He also advises in relation to residential and commercial property sale and purchases, registration of encumbrances, small sub-divisions, trusts, wills and enduring powers of attorney.
Christian spent several years traveling as a ski instructor and then living in Hawaii before returning to New Zealand to complete a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago. After graduating in 2011, he began his legal career at a well-recognised Dunedin law firm before joining Haigh Lyon Lawyers.
Christian believes in taking a holistic approach to his clients’ legal situations and is skilled in tailoring structures to suit his clients’ individual needs.
Outside of the office, Christian enjoys skiing, traveling and spending time with his wife, family and friends.
Victoria graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology.
Before joining Haigh Lyon, Victoria worked in a legal practice specialising in family law. She has experience in criminal law and general civil litigation. Victoria advises clients on a wide range of issues and appears regularly in the Family Court.
Victoria has a passion for family law and feels it is an honour to assist clients through the challenges of the legal process at what is often a very trying time in their lives. Victoria advises clients in respect of:
Outside of work, Victoria enjoys photography, the gym and spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.
Georgina joined Haigh Lyon in November 2014 and works in Haigh Lyon’s Estates and Trusts team. With an eye for detail, Georgina is well suited to this area of law and she enjoys working closely with clients to give them the outcomes best suited to their needs. Georgina studied at the University of Auckland where she completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. She spent her first few years of practice in Family Law and Civil Litigation.
Outside of work, Georgina enjoys spending time with her two children, seeing live music whenever possible, getting out to movies and enjoying good food with friends.
Isabelle has experience in property, estate planning, trusts and company law. She brings with her a practical approach to the law whereby she provides sound, sensible and easy to understand advice in an efficient time frame.
Isabelle graduated from the University of Otago in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History. Isabelle was admitted to the Bar in August 2014. Isabelle gained experience both as a law clerk and solicitor at a well-known Dunedin law firm where she was exposed to a wide range of work. Isabelle joined Haigh Lyon in May 2015.
In her spare time, Isabelle is a fashion designer, takes a keen interest in New Zealand art, plays tennis and enjoys Auckland’s restaurant and café culture with her friends.
Katie graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor in Arts, majoring in history.
Before working at Haigh Lyon Katie was a staff barrister specialising in family law. Katie is committed to providing clients with well rounded and pragmatic advice. She appreciates the importance of understanding a client’s objectives to be able to provide them with tailored and comprehensive advice in a manner that will assist in helping them resolve matters in the most amicable manner. Katie is particularly interested in care of children matters and spousal maintenance.
Outside of the office Katie can be found exploring beaches on the west coast, hiking or trialling a new dish in the kitchen.
Raj graduated from the University of Auckland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce and was admitted to the Bar in January 2013. Raj gained experience as a solicitor at two leading national law firms where he was exposed to a range of planning and environmental work.
Raj joined Haigh Lyon in February 2017 and works in the Property and Commercial teams. Raj is dedicated to providing quality advice tailored to get the best possible outcomes for his clients.
Outside of work Raj enjoys exploring the outdoors, mountain biking, travel and cooking for friends and family.
Simon joined Haigh Lyon in 2017 and works in the Property team. He specialises in providing property law advice from residential conveyancing to asset planning. He believes in providing pragmatic and tailored advice to suit his clients’ needs.
Simon is an associate member of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section.
Simon commenced his legal career in a Northland law firm after graduating from the University of Otago in 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy.
Outside of work Simon enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and supporting the mighty Highlanders.
Jamie-lee graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in American History. Jamie-lee was admitted to the Bar in April 2016 and gained experience in general areas of practice before making the move to litigation in mid-2016.
Jamie-lee advises clients in relation to civil litigation and employment matters. She brings a practical and strategic approach to problem solving and particularly enjoys negotiating with other lawyers to place her clients in the best position possible. Jamie-lee works closely with clients to provide them with straightforward advice in order to achieve their desired outcome.
Outside of work, Jamie-lee can be found hunting Auckland for the best coffee spots, fishing in the Bay of Islands and spending time with family and friends. She loves to travel and is always planning the next big trip with her husband.
Mary assists our Trusts and Estates Team with the administration and planning of property, trust and estate matters.
Mary grew up on a farm near Taihape. After boarding at Wanganui Collegiate School she then moved to Dunedin to study Law and Politics at the University of Otago. Mary graduated in December 2015 and was admitted to the bar in July 2016. Prior to joining Haigh Lyon Mary gained law clerk experience in a general practice firm and with a criminal barrister in Auckland. Mary enjoys providing clients with practical and pragmatic advice to assist with their affairs.
In her spare time Mary enjoys spending time with friends and family and frequenting Auckland’s beaches, art galleries and cafes.
In November 2016 Niccola completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Spanish and Art History, at the University of Auckland. In her final semester she gained work experience in family law at a local Community Law Centre.
Niccola developed a keen interest in family law and indigenous legal studies while at university and is delighted to be the newest member of Haigh Lyon’s family law team. She is particularly interested in domestic violence and care of children issues, and hopes to one day practise as a Lawyer for Child.
Outside of work Niccola takes classes in Te Reo Māori and Krav Maga, bakes and decorates cakes, and spends time with family and friends.
Sara gained her Legal Executive Diploma in 2014.
She began working at Haigh Lyon in March 2015. She has experience in residential conveyancing, estates and trusts. She is currently focussed on assisting with Trust administration.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys hanging out with friends and family and spending time at her family Bach in the Coromandel. She plays netball and loves to travel.
Pauline grew up in Ireland before coming to New Zealand in 2012.
Due to Pauline’s keen interest in the Law, she previously acted as Practice Manager for a large in-house legal team in the public sector. She has now moved into the private sector since joining Haigh Lyon.
In her role as Practice Manager, Pauline will have responsibility for day to day operational management and making sure the firm is performing at its best for our clients.
In her spare time, Pauline plays Gaelic football and enjoys catching up with friends.