Mike graduated with a law degree from Canterbury University in 1979 and a few years later made the move north to Tauranga with a young family in tow. Mike has a lifelong passion for rugby, having played senior representative and club rugby for many years. When rugby injuries took the toll, he took up triathlons and long distance multisport events.
These days, he takes a gentler approach, spending his free time fishing, playing golf, travelling and with his three children and their families. He remains an avid rugby fan, albeit a spectator these days. Mike specialises in all aspects of general law. He particularly enjoys advising clients on property transactions (buying and selling of property, first home purchases, investment properties, the sale and purchase of business, small subdivision’s and cross-lease arrangements); relationship property matters, trust and estate work. He also appears regularly in the Tauranga District Court in respect of criminal and legal aid work.
Registered Legal Executive
Deb has been working with Mike since 2001 and is a registered legal executive. Over this time Deb has built up a very strong rapport with our clients. Deb specialises in conveyancing and takes responsibility for the majority of the conveyancing work within the office together with commercial transactions and estate planning.
Deb has two adult daughters and is “Mimi” to two grandchildren. After being very involved with the Tauranga Swimming Club for 10 years, Deb discovered the game of squash and has been playing passionately ever since. Deb loves the outdoors and can regularly be seen on the slopes of Mauao in the early hours of the morning, prior to work.
Emily, Mike’s daughter, joined the firm in 2016. Emily originally studied pharmacy and human nutrition at Otago University, and, after a number of years working as a pharmacist decided to make a career change to study law. After completing her law degree Emily spent two years working as a Judges’ Clerk at the Auckland High Court, and then worked in criminal law at Meredith Connell Crown Solicitors in Auckland.
Emily has since returned to Tauranga and is loving the relaxed, friendly environment at our firm and the close relationships that we have with our clients. Outside of work she loves the outdoors, travelling and spending time with her friends and family. Emily enjoys practising in a range of areas such as conveyancing, relationship property/family arrangements, trust and estate work. She also carries out some duty solicitor and criminal legal aid work.
Registered Legal Executive
Amanda joined the team in December 2019 and is an experienced registered legal executive. She looks after the majority of our estate work, as well as residential and commercial conveyancing transactions. She also has experience with subdivisions, trusts and family law. Amanda joined her first law firm straight from school in 1998, she then completed her Legal Executive studies in 2006.
Outside of work, Amanda is mum of two boys and enjoys spending time at the beach and with family and friends.
Vanessa began working with Mike and Emily in November 2019 as a Legal Secretary. Vanessa originally studied Criminology and Sociology at Victoria University with the desire to pursue a career with the New Zealand Police. After working at the Tauranga District Court as a Deputy Registrar and Case Manager, she decided to make a career change and train as a registered Legal Executive. Vanessa is currently working three days per week, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays while she completes her studies, which she anticpates will be in late 2019.
Vanessa is originally from Wellington and is loving living in Tauranga. She has one young daughter. Outside of work she loves playing sports, the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.