Our People2018-10-08T14:08:45+00:00

Our people are the heart of Gawith Burridge.

Their combination of extensive experience, enthusiasm and passion shines through.

Their wide-ranging expertise and comprehensive knowledge of local Wairarapa needs are what sets our firm apart.

Come and meet them.

BRUCE WAGG
BRUCE WAGGSENIOR PARTNER
LLB University of Otago, Dip Bus Stud (ADR) Massey , Notary Public (Admitted 1979)
P. 06 370 0000

Bruce practices in the areas of commercial and farm conveyancing, subdivisions, trusts, wills and asset planning, estates, business structures, and mediation.

 DEBBIE VAN ZYL
DEBBIE VAN ZYLPARTNER
B. Proc (S.A.) (Admitted S.A 1995, NZ 2003)
P. 06 370 0896

Areas of practice: Commercial and farm conveyancing, subdivisions, commercial & business structures, trusts, wills, estates, asset planning. Debbie is active in the community and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Masterton South.

ADAM PARKER
ADAM PARKERPARTNER
LLB Victoria University of Wellington, BSc (Admitted 1997)
P. 06 370 0873

A graduate in 1997, Adam’s focus has developed in the areas of intellectual property, property transactions, commercial, employment, franchising, civil litigation.

SHANNON NORLING
SHANNON NORLINGPARTNER
LLB, University of Waikato
P. 06 370 0889

Shannon qualified as a solicitor in 2005, and has previously worked in provincial legal practices in the Waikato region and Queensland. Raised in the Wairarapa, Shannon welcomes the challenges and diversity of working in a provincial law firm – a jack of all trades by nature, Shannon’s role at Gawith Burridge will see him working alongside other members of the team in all areas of general legal practice.

SONIA BANNISTER
SONIA BANNISTERASSOCIATE
LLB & BA, Victoria University of Wellington
P. 06 370 0000
HELEN RADERSMA
HELEN RADERSMAREGISTERED PATENT ATTORNEY & ASSOCIATE
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington
PhD, University of Auckland
Registered Patent Attorney (NZ)
P. 06 370 0887

Helen joined us in April 2015 after spending a number of years practising in New Zealand and overseas as a patent attorney specialising in chemical and pharmaceutical patent law. Helen has a law degree from Victoria University and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Auckland, and is a registered New Zealand patent attorney. She was admitted to the bar in 2015. Helen now works in all areas of general practice and also retains a strong interest in intellectual property law. Helen is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys.

LEAH KERSHAW
LEAH KERSHAWASSOCIATE
LLB, University of Otago
P. 06 370 0885

Leah joined us in September 2015 after returning from 2 ½ years in London. She has a law degree from the University of Otago and was admitted to the bar in 2008. Leah practiced law in Wellington for 5 years, initially in all areas of general practice and then with a focus on property and construction law . Leah now works in all areas of general practice

CHRISTIN SCHETTER
CHRISTIN SCHETTERSOLICITOR
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington
P. 06 370 0877

Christin joined Gawith Burridge in September 2018. She graduated from Victoria University in 2015 and managed to successfully obtain her degree part-time whilst simultaneously working in a Wairarapa family law practice. Since her admission to the Bar, Christin has predominantly worked in property law. At Gawith Burridge she will continue to work in all areas of law with a focus on conveyancing. Christin is bilingual in English and German.

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS SOLICITOR
LLB, University of Otago
P. 06 370 0870

Christopher graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Otago in 2016 and was admitted to the bar in 2017. Born in Gisborne and raised in Southern Hawkes Bay, Christopher enjoys provincial New Zealand and looks forward to work, life and rugby in the Wairarapa. Christopher works in various areas of general practice.

ALICE TRUBSHOE
ALICE TRUBSHOELEGAL EXECUTIVE
P. 06 370 0882

Alice joined us in March 2013 as a Personal Assistant. She now works as a Legal Executive at the firm, with a focus on estate administration. Alice is currently working towards completing her papers to become a Registered Legal Executive.

KATE MELVILLE
KATE MELVILLESOLICITOR
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington
P. 06 370 0898

Kate joined us in May 2017 after graduating from Victoria University with a law degree. She has a background in tax but will be working in all areas of general practice. Kate is particularly interested in farm conveyancing, rural law and asset planning and is looking forward to being part of the Wairarapa community.

KYLIE MOORE
KYLIE MOORESOLICITOR
LLB, Queensland University of Technology
P. 06 370 0899

Kylie joined Gawith Burridge in August 2017.
Attracted to law since starting as a legal secretary in 1993, she commenced her law studies in 2003 whilst also undertaking a five year articled clerkship with a large law firm on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Kylie then took a career break to focus on her young family and returned to New Zealand. She was admitted to the bar under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition scheme in 2017.
Kylie continues to have a special interest in estate administration but enjoys all areas of general practice.

NICK NEWBERY
NICK NEWBERYSOLICITOR
LLB, University of Waikato
BBS Massey University
P. 06 370 0880

Nick joined us in 2018 and comes with an extensive investigative and prosecutorial background. Originally from the Manawatu, he moved to the Wairarapa in 2010, where his wife has strong family connections. Nick looks forward to working in all areas of general practice but has a particular interest in employment law and health and safety.

TIMOTHY MATSIS
TIMOTHY MATSISSOLICITOR
LLM(Hons), BCA, LLB Victoria University of Wellington
P. 06 370 0879

After graduating in 1998, Tim began his career as a tax consultant before branching out into corporate/commercial law and then general practice. He joined the firm in 2018 after 13 years teaching law and business courses in the deep south.

MARTA WOJCIKOWSKI
MARTA WOJCIKOWSKIPRACTICE MANAGER
LLB & BA, University of Otago
P. 06 370 0881

Marta graduated from Otago University in 2004 with a law and history degree. Shortly thereafter she went travelling. The planned 2 year OE turned into almost 12 years, most of which was spent in London. There, Marta worked in various roles and industries; most notably as an Administrator on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs for 7 years. She is now based in Martinborough with her husband and young family.

GAWITH BURRIDGE SUPPORT STAFF TEAM
GAWITH BURRIDGE SUPPORT STAFF TEAM
Left to Right

Mia Riddell PA to Shannon Norling, Leah Kershaw & Sonia Bannister | Jennifer Bauer Junior Administrator | Dijarnn Simonsen Deeds Clerk | Jacqui Turner PA to Debbie van Zyl & Helen Radersma | Jacqui Spooner Legal Typist | Lynn Beveridge PA to Adam Parker, Dean O’Leary, Kylie Moore & Kate Melville | Kim Hunia PA to Bruce Wagg, Nick Newbery & Tim Matsis | Raewyn Butler Accounts | Lisa Ellis Data Integrity Officer | Jill Olds Accounts | Marta Wojcikowski Practice Manager | Vicki Temple Receptionist | Absent: Diane Chapman Legal Typist

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