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Jennie Hawker

Partner
Family
09 985 2521

The family law expert with a heart of gold and a core of steel.

Jennie’s clients value her energy and passion. She brings a thorough, yet efficient approach, ensuring her clients are always kept abreast of all available options.

Enjoying the challenge that the constant flux of family law brings, Jennie is seen as a formidable expert in all things family law; regularly speaking at events and writing commentary for family court procedure and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

An unrelenting and strategic advocate for her clients, Jennie is lovely, but lethal.

On the inside she’s the go-to for in-depth knowledge and application of family law legislation and procedures.

On the outside, Jennie is a self-described ‘fitness freak’. Whether it’s up at 5am to go to the gym or running round after her two small boys in the evenings, she’s all about being active.

A’lanah Harrison

Partner
Commercial, Trusts and Estate Planning
09 306 0611

The dexterous thinker with a no-nonsense approach. 

A’lanah’s clients value her pragmatic guidance and legal acuity.

Alert and decisive, A’lanah is known for her perfectionism and likes to hone in on the details. When tackling complex problems she considers all possible angles before crafting practical and savvy solutions.

A’lanah has been practicing law since 2008 and today specialises in trusts and estates. She has a breadth of experience in property and commercial law, and has acted for individuals, companies and charitable trusts.

On the inside, she’s the firm’s walking library – we go to A’lanah for anything and everything.

On the outside, A’lanah dabbles in yoga and swimming, is a doting mum, and enjoys the occasional episode of reality TV.

Amanda Donovan

Partner
Family
09 306 0620

The perceptive force with a problem-solving nature.

Amanda’s clients value that she’s astute, commercially savvy and easy to relate to. With a background in psychology, she helps make difficult situations comfortable and drives dialogue when the going gets tough.

A strategic thinker with incredible spirit and vitality, Amanda has practised for over 20-years, working primarily in the highly specialised areas of relationship property and claims against trusts. A keen listener and insightful reader of people, Amanda is the person you want to contribute to the negotiations when relationships are forming or finishing.

On the inside, she is the firm’s go-to for solving problems; her intuition is her super power.

On the outside, Amanda is a mother of two (teens/tweens) and sits on the board of international (NZ owned company) – Shuttlerock.

Ben Molloy

Partner
Civil Litigation, Employment
09 306 0605

The critical analyst with empathy.

Ben’s clients value that he is bright, incisive and determined. He is a high-level thinker with an analytical mind that enjoys getting immersed in the detail.

He recognises that disputes are as different as the people involved and the solutions to these can be just as varied.

Ben completed a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Commercial Law, graduating with honours. He has been practicing law since 2003, and today specialises in employment law and civil litigation, acting for both commercial organisations and individuals.

On the inside, he is the firm’s go-to for complex challenges and helping people with people problems.

On the outside, he enjoys family, friends, surfing, and mucking about with yachts.

Highlights

● Acted for a developer in a multi-million dollar construction contract dispute brought against its civil engineer which included appearing in arbitration, the High Court, and Court of Appeal with proceedings ultimately being settled.

● Defended judicial review and injunction proceedings on behalf of a developer in respect of its 40 lot subdivision – this case was settled without the need for Court intervention.

● Advised on a number of residential tenancy disputes, including appeals to the High Court.

● Acted for a vendor in a high profile and successful complaint against well known Real Estate Agents in the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal.

● Successfully defended a $10 million intentional tort damages claim with successful appeal to the Court of Appeal.

● Acted for a range of body corporates on a number of contentious and non-contentious matters.

● Acted for the Club Physical franchisor in obtaining an interim injunction against a former franchisee, Jolt Fitness, which is now a leading case on franchise restraints of trade.

● Successful High Court appeal of Family Protection claim with significant increase to client from 14% to 40% of a multi million dollar estate.

● Successfully applied for and defended a range of personal grievance claims on behalf of both employers and employees.

Shaun McGivern

Partner
Property
09 306 0623

The relatable property expert with a twist of bond.

Shaun’s clients value how he easily relates to them and understands their goals, before recommending efficient action plans.

Loyal and results focused, Shaun is respected for his vast international property expertise and relationship building abilities. He works hard to ensure his clients get the best out of every situation.

Shaun kicked off his legal career in 2001, focusing on property, commercial law, trusts and estate planning. Today he is well-connected and draws on his deep market knowledge to advise large nationwide and publicly listed companies, SMEs and families, on all types of property transactions, structures and estate planning.

On the inside, he is the firm’s go-to for everything property-related, and anything that requires a level headed response.

On the outside, he is incredibly active, spending time with his young family, carving up the mountains and sea, hitting the green (golf and rugby) and fishing.

Ron Arieli

Partner
Commercial
09 306 0614

The game, set and match negotiator. 

Ron’s clients value his passion for business. He anticipates risks and opportunities and simplifies complex legal issues to provide tailored strategic advice. Whilst he appreciates the global view, he is right at home when collar deep in details, negotiations and project management work.

Ron works with large, privately-owned businesses, SMEs, high-net worth individuals and start-ups. He specialises in commercial law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, and corporate restructurings. He also advises on property, trust and estate planning matters.

On the inside, he’s the go-to for commercial triage.

On the outside, he enjoys travel and sports, but only if it includes cricket, soccer or tennis.

Highlights

● Acted for a national waste management business on a range of business acquisitions and divestments and a major restructure

● Advised an investor on the acquisition of an iconic vineyard

● Acted for a family-owned business on the sale of its electrical wholesale business

● Acted for a transport group on its acquisition of several businesses

● Advised on the sale of a minority shareholding in a mobile marketing company

● Acted for a listed agricultural supply business on a major capital raising

● Advised several listed companies on the establishment of their employee share schemes.

Melinda Whyte

Partner
Commercial
09 985 2531

The commercial genie who plays to win.

Melinda’s clients value her expertise and how she explains everything in plain English.

A friendly, helpful, details person, she is known for getting stuck in and a safe pair of hands when the going gets tough.

Melinda has been in Practice since 1996, using her significant in-house experience to gain valuable insight into how legal advice is used in business. This has made her a prized member of our Commercial team where she specialises in company and commercial law for individuals, SMEs and corporates.

On the inside she’s the go-to for explaining the magic of the commercial world.

On the outside, she’s a water baby, swimming and soaking up beach vibes, and when not with her friends, trains her gifted cat to complete jigsaw puzzles.