Clare Murphy LLB / BA

Clare Murphy

Senior Associate
09 985 2533

The calm in the storm.

Clare’s clients often arrive with a storm brewing. She provides the calm. Analytical with sharp acumen, she covers all bases,  and looks outside the box before providing advice or picking up her pen.

Family law is not for the faint-hearted. It requires grit and resolve; Clare has both of these in spades. She turns up everyday with energy. She is known to go above and beyond, to ensure the result is the right one.

Clare has many years of experience guiding clients through all manner of family law issues, including relationship property and trust matters, care of children disputes, domestic violence, incapacity and estates.

Clare is approved by the Court to act as a lawyer for children. She regularly appears in Court and facilitates mediation.

On the inside, she is empathetic and measured.

On the outside, she won’t be far from the beach with music in her ears.

Nathan Batts

Senior Associate
Employment, Civil Litigation, Criminal
09 306 0608

The experienced advocate.

Nathan’s clients value his eye for detail, his ability to think quickly and effectively on his feet, and his determination to achieve the best possible outcome, whatever the challenges.

Nathan has represented both the Crown and regulatory bodies in prosecutions and enforcement action. He has also acted for defendants resisting such proceedings. If you or your business are facing charges or regulatory investigation then Nathan is well-placed to assist. He also advises both companies and individuals in relation to employment disputes and civil litigation.

Nathan regularly appears for clients in courts and tribunals but will ensure that any proceedings capable of early resolution are dealt with quickly, discretely and cost-effectively.

On the inside, he’s the firm’s steady hand for clients in difficult legal situations.

On the outside, he is a keen bicycle commuter and home cooking enthusiast, and is otherwise kept busy with a young family.

Kate von Biel

Senior Associate
09 306 0625

The approachable adviser with an aptitude for property.

Kate’s clients value her effective communication and her down to earth nature. She has the innate ability to get stuff done.

A reliable and robust legal thinker brimming with positivity, she is known for her good instincts and is generous with her time.

Kate advises a range of clients through each part of the transaction with diligence and determination, and is invested in facilitating excellent outcomes every step of the way. From first home buyers to large scale developers, she is well versed in leases, subdivisions, trust formation, estate planning and elder law.

On the inside, she’s the firm’s go-to for tailored property advice that is grounded in good common sense.

On the outside, whilst devoting her time to her young baby girl, she also helps her husband run the family business and squeezes in a bit of tennis where she can.

Ron Arieli

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.


● 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.