Our people

Our people

The team behind haigh lyon

Our people

The team behind haigh lyon

Our people

The team behind haigh lyon

We are a team of smart, approachable lawyers who embrace our uniqueness to provide on point legal services with style.

We are a team of smart, approachable lawyers who embrace our uniqueness to provide on point legal services with style.

We are a team of smart, approachable lawyers who embrace our uniqueness to provide on point legal services with style.

THE PARTNERS

THE TEAM

All
Property
Commercial
Family
Employment
Trusts & Estate Planning
Litigation
Estate Administration
Criminal & regulatory defence
Health & Safety
All
Partner
Consultant
Senior Associate
Associate
Senior Solicitor
Solicitor
Legal Executive
Management
Ben Molloy LLM (Hons) / BSc
Ben Molloy
LLM (Hons) | BSc

Partner | Civil Litigation, Employment

Ben Molloy LLM (Hons) / BSc
Ben Molloy

LLM (Hons) | BSc

Partner
Civil Litigation, Employment
09 306 0605
ben.molloy@haighlyon.co.nz

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 car be just as varied astute.

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.

Amanda Donovan
LLB | BA

Partner | Family

Amanda Donovan

LLB | BA

Partner
Family
09 306 0620
amanda.donovan@haighlyon.co.nz

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 in family law for over 20-years, working primarily in the highly specialized 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 and her family are sporting it, with either water polo, rugby or CrossFit.

Shaun McGivern LLB / BCom
Shaun McGivern
LLB | BCom

Partner | Property

Shaun McGivern LLB / BCom
Shaun McGivern

LLB | BCom

Partner
Property
09 306 0623
shaunm@haighlyon.co.nz

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.

Jennie Hawker
LLB (Hons)

Partner | Family

Jennie Hawker

LLB (Hons)

Partner
Family
09 985 2521
jennie.hawker@haighlyon.co.nz

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.

Melinda Whyte LLB (Hons) / BMS
Melinda Whyte
LLB (Hons) | BMS

Partner | Commercial

Melinda Whyte LLB (Hons) / BMS
Melinda Whyte

LLB (Hons) | BMS

Partner
Commercial
09 985 2531
Melinda.Whyte@haighlyon.co.nz

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.

 

Ron Arieli LLB / BCom
Ron Arieli
LLB | BCom

Partner | Commercial

Ron Arieli LLB / BCom
Ron Arieli

LLB | BCom

Partner
Commercial
09 306 0614
ron.arieli@haighlyon.co.nz

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.

 

A’lanah Harrison
LLB | BCom

Partner | Commercial, Trusts and Estate Planning

A’lanah Harrison

LLB | BCom

Partner
Commercial, Trusts and Estate Planning
09 306 0611
a.harrison@haighlyon.co.nz

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.

 

Nathan Batts LLB (Hons) / BCom
Nathan Batts
LLB (Hons) | BA

Senior Associate | Employment, Civil Litigation, Criminal

Nathan Batts LLB (Hons) / BCom
Nathan Batts

LLB (Hons) | BA

Senior Associate
Employment, Civil Litigation, Criminal
09 306 0608
Nathan.Batts@haighlyon.co.nz

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 LLB / BCom
Kate von Biel
LLB | BCom

Senior Associate | Property

Kate Von Biel LLB / BCom
Kate von Biel

LLB | BCom

Senior Associate
Property
09 306 0625
kate.vonbiel@haighlyon.co.nz

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.

Clare Murphy LLB / BA
Clare Murphy
LLB | BA

Senior Associate | Family

Clare Murphy LLB / BA
Clare Murphy

LLB | BA

Senior Associate
Family
09 985 2533
clare.murphy@haighlyon.co.nz

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.

Katie Hollister-Jones LLB / BA
Katie Hollister-Jones
LLB | BA

Associate | Family

Katie Hollister-Jones LLB / BA
Katie Hollister-Jones

LLB | BA

Associate
Family
09 306 0616
katie.hollister-jones@haighlyon.co.nz

THE FAMILY LAW HERO WITH A HEART OF GOLD. 

Katie's clients value her thorough legal analysis and kind and attentive approach. She has a special ability to relate to all people with east and grace.

Katie works with private clients at the commencement and conclusion of their relationships, demystifying the legal process and bringing a sense of calm to troubled waters.

On the inside, she's our go-to for common sense advice on personal relationships and family issues.

On the outside, she enjoys sensory pleasures of life, like travelling, entertaining, cooking and exploring the outdoors.

Georgina Pauling LLB / BA
Georgina Pauling
LLB | BA

Associate | Trusts and Estate Planning, Estate Administration

Georgina Pauling LLB / BA
Georgina Pauling

LLB | BA

Associate
Trusts and Estate Planning, Estate Administration
09 985 2527
georgina.pauling@haighlyon.co.nz

THE DEDICATED ATTORNEY WITH A GENTLE APPROACH.

Georgina’s clients value her empathy and positivity, and find it extraordinary that this never compromises the swift resolution of their matters.

A results-oriented problem solver, Georgina was admitted to the bar in 1997 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Arts. She lights up when immersed in the world of estates, trusts, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) and is an integral part of the Estates and Trusts teams.

On the inside, people seek her help with EPAs, estate and trusts questions, especially when needing to navigate complex gifting arrangements.

On the outside, her children and close friendships ground her, and she confesses to spending far too much money on live gigs.

Simon Blogg
LLB | BA

Associate | Property

Simon Blogg

LLB | BA

Associate
Property
09 306 0626
simon.blogg@haighlyon.co.nz

THE PRAGMATIC LEGAL TAILOR.

Simon’s clients value how he rolls up his sleeves to fast-track results and keep things as simple as possible.

He operates both hemispheres of his brain with equal dexterity, and is well known for being friendly, practical and remaining uber-calm under pressure.

Simon completed a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (majoring in Philosophy) and specialises in residential conveyancing, trusts, and asset planning. His humanities training gives him a deeper insight into people and property matters.

On the inside, he’s the go-to for advice on all things property.

On the outside, he enjoys experiencing new places, hanging out with friends and has even taken up learning Spanish.

Raj Gurusinghe LLB (Hons) / BCom
Raj Gurusinghe
LLB (Hons) | BCom

Associate | Commercial, Property

Raj Gurusinghe LLB (Hons) / BCom
Raj Gurusinghe

LLB (Hons) | BCom

Associate
Commercial, Property
09 306 0629
raj.gurusinghe@haighlyon.co.nz

THE INSIGHTFUL DYNAMO.

Raj’s clients value his energy, pragmatism, and dedication to their needs.

Analytical and resourceful, he is valued for quickly assessing the big picture before locking in on the finer details.

Raj completed a Bachelor of Laws (honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce. After gaining invaluable life and work experience in Europe, he now specialises in commercial and residential transactions for private clients, companies and trusts in our Commercial and Property team.

On the inside, he’s the go-to for time-sensitive, commercial solutions.

On the outside, he’s constantly moving, packing in as much travel and mountain biking as he possibly can.

Thomas Peterson
LLB | BA

Associate | Property

Thomas Peterson

LLB | BA

Associate
Property
09 306 0612
Thomas.Peterson@haighlyon.co.nz

THE PERSONABLE PRACTITIONER WITH AN APPETITE FOR PROPERTY LAW.

Thomas’ clients value his astute capability to guide them through transactions. He carefully takes the time to build a rapport with clients, in order to gain an in depth understanding of what really matters to them.

Perceptive and diligent, he is known for using his experience and foresight to provide valuable insights and identify potential risks and opportunities for clients. Thomas specialises in property law and private client affairs for individuals, trusts and companies.

On the inside people seek his problem solving skills and ability to draft and scrutinise a range of contracts.

On the outside, he enjoys getting outdoors playing rugby or hiking, and catching up over a drink with friends.

Sayuree Ram
LLB | BCom

Associate | Commercial, Trusts and Estate Planning

Sayuree Ram

LLB | BCom

Associate
Commercial, Trusts and Estate Planning
09 985 2526
sayuree.ram@haighlyon.co.nz

THE LEGAL TACTICIAN WITH AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH. 

Sayuree's clients value her approachable nature and friendly demeanour. She is driven and always goes the extra mile to ensure the best outcomes for her clients, and their repeat business is a testimony to this.

After completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, Sayuree worked at one of the 'big four' accounting firms before spending several years in general practice. Her strong commercial background and experience gained across different areas of law has lead Sayuree to specialise in property law and trusts. She thrives on the challenge of delivering tailored legal solutions that best meet her clients' needs.

On the inside, Sayuree is admired for being highly organised and maintaining her composure when working under pressure. Sayuree is also our go-to for any matters relating to the Overseas Investment Act and assisting foreign buyers acquire land in New Zealand.

On the outside, Sayuree enjoys having the balance of both city and country lifestyles. She gravitates toward cosy restaurants in the city, whilst long walks in the country provide some tranquility on the weekends. Dog owners tend to keep their furry friends away from her as often 'man's best friend' quickly becomes 'Sayuree's best friend'.

Erica Burke
LLB (Hons) | BA

Associate | Family

Erica Burke

LLB (Hons) | BA

Associate
Family
09 985 2524
erica.burke@haighlyon.co.nz

THE SMART, SUPPORTIVE FAMILY LAWYER WHO WILL GUIDE YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. 

Erica’s clients value her diligence and empathy. Her compassion and clear-thinking make sure they never feel lost at any stage of the legal process.

Smart, energetic and considerate, Erica specialises in relationship property, family violence, and care of children issues. She thrives on developing strategies designed to result in positive change for people.

Erica also majored in Political Studies, and that’s given her the ability to think conceptually, while her keen eye for detail means she can spot the path less taken and turn it to your advantage.

On the inside, Erica is our go-to as an intelligent sounding board about anything from the slightly unusual to the positively esoteric.

On the outside, is exactly where she spends as much times as possible - on multi-day tramps where she can lose herself completely, in nature rather than literally, that is.

Kristina Dunne
LLB | BA

Associate | Family

Kristina Dunne

LLB | BA

Associate
Family
09 985 2520
kristina.dunne@haighlyon.co.nz

THE PEOPLE-ORIENTED PRAGMATIST.

Kristina’s clients value her pragmatism and thoroughness. Her attention to detail and passion for the law provide them with accurate and well thought out solutions often at highly emotional and sensitive times in their lives.

Specialising in parenting and guardianship disputes, relationship property and spousal maintenance, Kristina majored in psychology as well as law. Not surprisingly, she loves working in family law, where she combines her thorough professional approach with a sympathetic ear.

On the inside, Kristina is our go-to for practical, down to earth advice and a common-sense view that cuts to the chase.

On the outside, she travels far and wide whenever she can. When she’s in town though, if she’s not sussing out a new a restaurant, she’s most likely at the beach or out on the water.

Petrea Parkhill
LLB

Associate | Property

Petrea Parkhill

LLB

Associate
Property
09 306 0621
petrea.parkhill@haighlyon.co.nz

THE APPROACHABLE ADVOCATE WHO MAKES EVERYTHING RUN SMOOTHLY.

Petrea’s clients value the practical and realistic solutions she comes up with. Her open, approachable personality and clear thinking help guide them through any complexities that may arise.

Focused, attentive and organised, Petrea specialises in property transactions, estate management, asset and wealth management. She thrives on solving the most challenging problems while making sure her clients feel at ease.

After Law, Petrea also majored in Sociology, which confirmed her belief that practising law is as much about interpersonal relationships as it is about attention to detail.

On the inside, Petrea is our go-to for solving property and trust conundrums of all shapes and sizes.

On the outside, she just can’t get enough horsepower into her life. She loves competing on horseback, and she laps up the thrill of driving race cars.

Niccola Davies
LLB | BA

Senior Solicitor | Family

Niccola Davies

LLB | BA

Senior Solicitor
Family
09 306 0618
niccola.davies@haighlyon.co.nz

THE EFFERVESCENT FAMILY SPECIALIST. 

Niccola’s clients value her energy, empathy and attention to detail. And if you don't understand something, she’ll help you get across it.

A dedicated details person, she’s known for being a live wire who is approachable and always interested. Niccola is a key part of our Family Law team, and is famous for being an early bird to get a jumpstart on each day. She believes that if you want anything enough you’ll make it happen.

On the inside, she’s our go-to for research and when anything needs a little more flair.

On the outside, she’s a hands-on person with baking, pottery and self defence. She also studies Te Reo Māori and is a certifiable Wonder Woman fan.

Olivia Rose
LLB(Hons)

Solicitor | Civil Litigation, Employment and Criminal

Olivia Rose

LLB(Hons)

Solicitor
Civil Litigation, Employment and Criminal
09 306 0624
olivia.rose@haighlyon.co.nz

THE SHARP LEGAL MIND WITH A CARING NATURE.

Olivia’s clients value her proactive and warm approach. She is able see the world from a different perspective and enjoys making real connections with her clients.

It's in Olivia's nature to go above and beyond to help her clients. No job is too big or too small. She thrives on a challenge but equally sees even the smallest of jobs as an opportunity to learn and expand her repertoire.

Olivia embarked on her legal career with us after completing her Bachelor of Law with Honours at Auckland University. She has now well and truly found her feet and is an integral part of the litigation team.

On the inside, people seek out her ability to envision the law from different angles.

On the outside, her spice of life is variety – her tendency to try new things means she has tried her hand at pottery, has been off-roading, sewed her own kimono and jumped out of a plane.

 

 

 

 

Sophia Alber LLB / BA
Sophia Alber
LLB | BA

Solicitor | Property

Sophia Alber LLB / BA
Sophia Alber

LLB | BA

Solicitor
Property
09 985 2534
sophia.alber@haighlyon.co.nz

THE OPTIMISTIC LAWYER WITH A WARM NATURE.

Sophia's clients value her down to earth approach and her ability to help her clients feel at ease during stressful and challenging transactions.

Practical, calm and approachable, she’s known for her can-do attitude and loves adding value to every process and situation.  Sophia specialises in property law and from time to time assists with trust administration and commercial work. To top it off, she is fluent in English, French and German.

On the inside she is always happy to lend a helping hand and views everything as a chance to learn.

On the outside she's never far from the ocean. She loves snorkeling and diving which couples nicely with her love of travel and tropical locations.

 

Nirusha George
LLB | BA

Solicitor | Family

Nirusha George

LLB | BA

Solicitor
Family
09 306 0602
nirusha.george@haighlyon.co.nz

THE COMPASSIONATE PRAGMATIST WITH A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS.

Nirusha’s clients value her pragmatism and sensitivity. She brings genuine empathy and visible energy to each of her clients’ assignments.

Inquisitive, collaborative and eager to try new things, she thrives on understanding different perspectives, finding real solutions, and challenging herself.

Nirusha majored in sociology and employment relations. Her studies and experiences developed her understanding of people with different views from her own and quickly made her a valuable member of our family law team

On the inside, she’s our go-to for a fresh take on any issue and is happy to take on any challenge.

On the outside, she finds joy in baking, which she eagerly tests on her family. She also loves to be out hiking, as long as the weather’s fine.

Ben Jefferson
LLB (Hons)

Solicitor | Family

Ben Jefferson

LLB (Hons)

Solicitor
Family
09 306 0613
ben.jefferson@haighlyon.co.nz

THE CLEAR-HEADED LEGAL TACTICIAN WITH MATCH-WINNING SKILLS.

Ben’s clients value his ability to simplify the complex. His clear thinking, compassion and detailed planning guide them through legal issues at personally challenging times.

Focused, efficient, and empathetic, he enjoys applying his expertise to help people in a tangible way. Ben specialises in family law and works closely with clients who require legal assistance through the closing stages of relationships.

With a Masters in journalism, he has passion for good writing. Not only does that complement his legal acumen, it has has given him a sharp eye for detail.

On the inside, he’s our go-to for incisive, effective thinking and regular humorous comments.

On the outside, he’s a sports trivia whizz, a very active first-time parent and a keen soccer player – even if his social skills often make as much of a contribution to the game as his boots do these days.

Dion Friedman
LLB | BA

Solicitor | Property

Dion Friedman

LLB | BA

Solicitor
Property
09 306 0628
dion.friedman@haighlyon.co.nz

THE PERCEPTIVE AND PRAGMATIC LAWYER WHO GETS THE JOB DONE.

Dion's clients value his easy-going nature and practical approach to problem solving. He is adaptable, approachable and is able to envision the law from different angles.

Dion joins our commercial team having previously worked at a large commercial and litigation firm; this experience has given him a strong grounding in commercial law and he is quickly becoming an integral part of the firm.

On the inside he's our go to if the team needs a helping hand - no job is too small. He is always willing to listen and learn.

On the outside you'll find Dion soaking up the outdoors; whether that's at the beach, traveling or losing at some sort of sport.

 

Craig Tatley
LLB (Hons)

Solicitor | Civil Litigation, Employment and Criminal

Craig Tatley

LLB (Hons)

Solicitor
Civil Litigation, Employment and Criminal
09 985 2525
craig.tatley@haighlyon.co.nz

THE TENACIOUS PROBLEM-SOLVER WITH A BRAIN LIKE A SEARCH ENGINE.

Craig’s clients value his ability to come up with innovative and effective ways of resolving legal conundrums. They also enjoy his demonstrable relish for a challenge.

Diligent, careful, and solution-focused, Craig specialises in Civil Litigation, Employment Law, and Criminal Law. He also has a passion for history, which explains why he thrives on delving into the finest details of every case.

On the inside, Craig is our go-to research mastermind. His vast knowledge of legal databases is only rivalled by his encyclopedic memory for any fact relating to buses, cars, and trains.

On the outside, he’s a transport history fanatic who enjoys driving vintage buses at the weekend. He’s also keen on finding the best spots for gourmet burgers and craft beers, neither of which he indulges in while driving the bus.

 

Mathew Thompson
LLB | Bcom

Solicitor | Property

Mathew Thompson

LLB | Bcom

Solicitor
Property
09 985 2622
mathew.thompson@haighlyon.co.nz

THE HIGH STAKES PROPERTY LAWYER WITH A FOCUS ON RESULTS.

Mathew’s clients value his exceptional efficiency and accuracy. His co-operative approach and diligence help guide and reassure them every step of the way.

Energetic, creative and detail-orientated, Mathew specialises in Property Law. He thrives on helping people, building relationships and rising to a challenge.

As well as studying Law, Mathew also has a background in Trust Accountancy and his head for numbers tilts the balance in his clients’ favour.

On the inside, Mathew is our go-to as a financial problem solver, and for anything to do with the sports results – he’s our very own ‘sportpedia’.

On the outside is exactly where you’ll find him whenever he can get away. Preferably strapped onto a pair of skis, on foreign pistes if possible, and with friends.

Sara Clark - Registered Legal Executive
Sara Clark
Registered Legal Executive

Trusts and Estate Planning, Estate Administration

Sara Clark - Registered Legal Executive
Sara Clark

Registered Legal Executive

Trusts and Estate Planning
09 306 0627
sara.clark@haighlyon.co.nz

THE LEGAL EXECUTIVE WITH AN INQUIRING MIND.

Sara's clients value her eye for detail and effortless ability to quickly scan documents and spot any gaps before they become an issue.

Methodical, analytical and highly organised, she finds joy in solving problems and translating legal documents into plain language. Sara is a Registered Legal Executive who specialises in all things trusts. She heads up our trust administration team and has a wide range of experience advising both individuals regarding estate planning and trustees in relation to trust transactions.

On the inside, she's our go-to for anything trust related especially complex gifting arrangements and navigating financial statements.

On the outside, she stays active with netball, relaxes with friends and family, and calls the Coromandel her home away from home.

Kris Hockley
Registered Legal Executive

Property

Kris Hockley

Registered Legal Executive

Property
09 306 0606
kris.hockley@haighlyon.co.nz

THE SHARP-EYED PRACTITIONER WHO COMES TO YOU.

Kris's clients value his ability to walk them through complex legal issues in a straight forward manner, using everyday language.

Kris qualified as a Legal Executive in 1991 and became a Fellow Member in 2001. He specialises in residential conveyancing and offers a mobile legal service where he meets with clients at a time and place that is convenient to them.

On the inside, he's our go-to for explaining the tricky ins and outs of conveyancing in plain English.

On the outside, he's an avid watcher of sport and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Situations where he can watch sport with his friends and family make Kris a happy man.

Joelle Pritchard
Registered Legal Executive

Property

Joelle Pritchard

Registered Legal Executive

Property
09 985 2535
joelle pritchard@haighlyon.co.nz

THE CALM CONVEYANCER WHO KEEPS EVERYTHING ON TRACK.

Joelle’s clients value the fact that she speaks plain English and her advice is always sound. Her diligence and thoughtfulness make sure property transactions stay on the rails.

Focused, perceptive and thorough, Joelle specialises in Property Law. She relishes steering each sale and purchase from beginning to end, and her background in Trusts and Estates provides her clients with an extra resource in residential transactions.

On the inside, she's our go-to for all manner of general conveyancing queries.

On the outside she’s always keen to meet up with friends, get away for the weekend, and only slightly less keen to get down to the gym or go for a run.

Pauline Glancy BA (Hons)
Pauline Glancy
BA (Hons)

Practice Manager | Management

Pauline Glancy BA (Hons)
Pauline Glancy

BA (Hons)

Practice Manager
Management
09 306 0607
pauline.glancy@haighlyon.co.nz

THE CONDUCTOR WITH AN OPEN DOOR.

Pauline is the dedicated Practice Manager who originates from Ireland. Staff and clients value her humour and ability to take the initiative to make things happen.

Fun, positive and caring, Pauline specialises in people management. She has a special Dr. Phil-like ability to deal with all levels of people and problems in the firm.

On the inside she’s highly approachable and always full of good advice, making her the go-to for absolutely everything.

On the outside, she plays Gaelic football and hangs out with family and friends, especially when there’s a glass of wine and sun on offer.

Sarah Platt
BA | MBM

Office Manager | Management

Sarah Platt

BA | MBM

Office Manager
Management
09 985 2528
sarah.platt@haighlyon.co.nz

THE OFFICE MANAGER WHO ENJOYS PUSHING THE BOAT OUT

The office relies on Sarah to ensure their working lives run smoothly.

Meticulous, reliable and pragmatic, Sarah has a special way of combining her organisational and people skills that always gets the job done. Her warm personality and sense of humour also mean she’s a joy to work with.

Sarah is currently studying towards gaining her law degree, which makes her a very busy an even more valuable member of our team.

On the inside, Sarah is our go-to for solving a myriad of logistical problems.

On the outside, you’re likely to find her keeping everyone in line as the cox of a rowing crew, watching American Football or enjoying a glass of rosé with friends.

Maureen Wai
BBS (Accountancy) | CA

Finance Manager | Management

Maureen Wai

BBS (Accountancy) | CA

Finance Manager
Management
09 306 0601
maureen.wai@haighlyon.co.nz

THE CAN-DO ACCOUNTANT WHO LOVES FIGURING THINGS OUT.

The partners and staff value Maureen’s down to earth attitude and can-do approach. She presents numbers in a way that makes them tell a clear story. That makes all the difference when it comes to making major financial decisions and devising practical commercial solutions.

Thorough, meticulous and dependable, Maureen specialises in accounting, finance and taxation. It’s the power of numbers to help people see things more clearly that Maureen finds constantly invigorating.

On the inside, she is our go-to for anything to do with dollars, no matter how small or large the numbers. Maureen’s practical advice, always open door and unfailingly open mind make her the most approachable finance and accounting guru imaginable.

On the outside, she is a very busy mum who dreams of putting up her feet for five minutes, one day soon maybe.

Ashley Thompson
BBS

Trust Accountant

Ashley Thompson

BBS

Trust Accountant
09 985 2522
ashley.thompson@haighlyon.co.nz

TEH FINANCIAL WHIZZ WHO ALSO POUNDS PAVEMENTS.

The partners and staff rely on Ash to expedite the firm’s financial transactions and ensure they comply with the guidelines set out by the New Zealand Law Society.

Calm, down-to-earth and detail-orientated, Ash is known for his can-do attitude, his accounting acumen and his mastery of Excel.

Ash majored in Accounting and Finance, is utterly unfazed by the most complex page of numbers and is well on his way to becoming a Chartered Accountant.

On the inside, Ash is our go-to number cruncher.

On the outside, he runs the occasional marathon, presides over his local Aussie Rules Football Club, and gets up at unearthly hours to follow Formula 1 motor racing.