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.
DEBBIE VAN ZYLSENIOR PARTNER
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.
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.
Michelle started her legal career initially as a legal secretary, then as a legal executive. In 2000 she took the plunge and commenced a law degree. Michelle was admitted to the bar in 2007 and is now a partner at Gawith Burridge, operating out of the Masterton and Martinborough offices.
The areas of law Michelle loves are property, relationship property matters, estate and succession planning, elder law, wills and enduring powers of attorney but most of all she loves getting to know her clients, always up for a chat and making sure her advice is delivered in a manner that we all understand. It has been said she make clients comfortable and they love her honest, down to earth, uncomplicated approach. And humour. What’s life without a laugh?
Michelle is currently the Chair of the Aratoi Patrons Trust which fuels her other loves: arts and culture, and being involved with the Wairarapa community.
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.
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.
TIMOTHY MATSISSENIOR ASSOCIATE
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.
DEAN O LEARYSENIOR ASSOCIATE
LLB & BA, Victoria University of Wellington
P. 06 370 0883
Dean has practised as a solicitor since 1997. Dean has previously practised for national law firms in New Zealand together with overseas stints in Australia and the UK. During his years of practise Dean has developed a wide range of experience with particular expertise in employment and relationship property matters. Dean enjoys working with clients to achieve fair and reasonable outcomes where his focus is on the resolution of matters in a cost effective manner.
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.
Jeremy has recently joined Gawith Burridge in 2020. After graduating in 2010, he started his career at Chapman Tripp. Before moving to Carterton with his wife and young daughter, he worked in-house roles at Weta Workshop and NZ Post. Jeremy is a generalist, with experience in property, employment, IP and commercial law. He is currently finishing his Masters degree in law.
LLB and BA (Criminology), Victoria University of Wellington
P. 06 370 0885
Nicki joined Gawith Burridge in October 2019. She graduated from Victoria University with an LLB and BA (Criminology). She lives with her young family in rural Martinborough, where they run farming and agricultural businesses. Nicki works in all areas of general practice with a focus on elder law.
LLB/BCOM Victoria University of Wellington (Admitted 2019)
P. 06 370 0181
Elizabeth has recently joined Gawith Burridge in 2020. During her studies, she interned overseas in Hong Kong at Plowman Chambers. After completing her studies in 2018, she began her career in business consulting as part of the infrastructure advisory team at Aurecon before branching out into commercial property law. Elizabeth enjoys being part of the community and is a committee member of the Wellington Young Lawyers Committee and volunteer at Community Law. She looks forward to developing in areas of commercial, employment, property transactions and more.
LLB and BSc (Genetics), University of Otago
P. 06 370 0875
After clerking at Gawith Burridge for two summers Taylor joins us again in May 2020. Taylor grew up on a farm in the Wairarapa and then completed his university studies in the deep south. Taylor has now moved back up and is looking forward to working in all areas of general practice.
Alice initially joined Gawith Burridge in March 2013 as a Personal Assistant. She then went on to complete a Diploma in Legal Executive Studies and is now a Registered Legal Executive. Alice works in all areas of general practice but has a focus on estate administration.
Lauren-Beth completed a Diploma in Legal Executive studies in 2011, while working for an intellectual property law firm in Wellington. After taking a career break to start a family, LB worked as a Legal Executive on the Kapiti Coast for 2 years before moving to the Wairarapa with her family to join Gawith Burridge in 2020. LB has a particular interest in estate administration.
Maria joined GB in 2020 and completed her Legal Executive Diploma in 2010. She has a keen interest in all property related matters, and works in all areas of general practice with predominant focus on property law. Maria has worked in law firms in Christchurch and Wellington and within the telecommunications sector.
Ann was previously employed for 12 years as a Lending Consultant for Westpac in the Wairarapa. She then supported First Property Legal as a personal assistant for two and a half years, gaining extensive knowledge in all aspects of conveyancing. This keen interest in conveyancing prompted Ann to study part-time for a Diploma in Legal Executive studies.
She has now joined Gawith Burridge and has an interest in all property-related matters.
Marta graduated from Otago University in 2004 with a law and history degree. Shortly after graduating, she went on her OE, which lasted almost 12 years. The majority of that time was spent in London where Marta worked in various roles and industries. She is now based in Martinborough with her husband and young family and studying to finally qualify as a solicitor.
Sue has spent most of her career in London involved in investment banking where she worked in various roles in the middle and back office. Her most recent role was Office Manager for Dry River Wines. She is now based in Martinborough with her husband and two girls and has a keen interest in fitness, particularly The Hubb in Masterton.
Jasmin (known as Jazz) joined the firm in 2020 and has recently graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. Jazz is currently completing the process to become a solicitor, has a keen interest in advocacy and is looking forward to getting experience in all areas of general practise.
Jazz lives on a farm in the South Wairarapa, enjoys public speaking, fitness, and spending time with her Labrador Ted.
Ping finished her New Zealand Legal Executive Diploma in 2020 and joined the firm in early 2021. She is excited to start her legal career in the beautiful Wairarapa.
As a new addition to the Estate Administration team, she has a special interest in estate administration while enjoying all aspects of law. Ping is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
LLB University of Otago, Dip Bus Stud (ADR) Massey , Notary Public (Admitted 1979)
P. 06 370 0000
Bruce has retired from practising law but will work on a part-time basis on special projects and will provide mentoring and support, in-house, for staff.
GAWITH BURRIDGE SUPPORT STAFF TEAM
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Raewyn Butler Accounts ♦ Sue Rickey Practice Manager ♦ Jillian Davenport Scanner & PA Support ♦ Alice Henderson Data Integrity Officer ♦ Jacqui Spooner Legal Typist ♦ Lisa Ellis AML Compliance Officer ♦ Jennifer Bauer PA to Debbie van Zyl ,Dean O’Leary, Leah Kershaw, Jeremy McGeown and Tim Matsis ♦ Jasmine Hawthorn PA to Elizabeth Bing, Maria Miller and Ann Woods ♦ Vanessa Garrity PA to Michelle Williams, Nick Newbery and Taylor Houston ♦ Jill Olds Accounts ♦ Vivienne Miller Data Integrity Officer ♦ Nicky Byrne Accounts ♦ Lynn Beveridge PA to Adam Parker, Kylie Moore & Estate Team ♦ Dijarnn Simonsen Deeds Clerk ♦ Sophia Thompson Receptionist
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