Rapunga Whakaaro | Philosophy
We have agreed a rapunga whakaaro.
Our starting point is He Tāngata (the people).
We measure success by reference to mastery, autonomy, and purpose.
We recognise that lawyers are in a privileged position. We give back and participate in our community.
Alistair’s strength is in the strategy he brings to dispute resolution. He has a determination (some could say stubbornness) which is balanced with his ability to enjoy the people he works with – whether they be clients, colleagues and adversaries.
Alistair has spent 12 years as a Partner in a national practice. He can be found as Counsel in many reported cases. In addition many of his best results have been achieved outside of the Courtroom – in mediations and negotiations which have achieved great outcomes for his clients.
Alistair has expertise in civil litigation, including all aspects of alternative dispute resolution. His specific areas include:
- Complaints and claims against professionals
- Statutory Liability (and in particular health and safety) prosecutions
- Commercial litigation
Lauren is an experienced advocate, whose strengths are in her ability to relate to clients from all sorts of backgrounds, and to quickly identify the key issues in a dispute. She specialises in health and safety, employment and general civil litigation and has appeared in a wide variety of Courts, tribunals and forums. She enjoys the challenges of both complicated commercial cases and the fast paced requirements of dealing with employment disputes. As an insurance lawyer, Lauren provides pragmatic advice to clients on policy issues, and sensible action on claims working their way through Court.
Lauren has spent time working both in a leading Barristers Chambers and in a major national law firm.
When not in the office, Lauren can be found attempting never ending renovations on an old Wellington bungalow and spending time with her family and beloved Labrador, Tui. She is also actively involved in one of Wellington’s oldest rugby clubs (Poneke), and relishes the challenges of volunteering at grass roots level.
Ben is an experienced insurance lawyer and civil litigator having worked in NZ and London for over 10 years. He enjoys the challenges presented in all kinds of disputes. This includes acting for professionals, local body authorities and utility providers. He has been involved in litigation in the Court system up to the Supreme Court and in international arbitrations.
Ben knows his way around most types of insurance policies and often provides practical advice on complex indemnity issues. He has acted for insurers in coverage disputes under many policies: property; construction; professional indemnity; trade credit; warranty and indemnity; political risk; and even kidnap and ransom.
He has a deep knowledge of the insurance industry and the unique challenges it faces having been the AGCS’ NZ Claims Manager and seconded to Zurich Insurance as part of its response to the Canterbury earthquakes. He also knows the London market.
Outside of the office, Ben will be found with friends and family on mountain bike tracks around the country (which he does with reasonable skill) or sliding down the side of a mountain on skis (not as skillful but he keeps working at improving) or exploring the sea with dive tanks on – generally being surrounded by nature.
Bethany values a practical approach to dispute resolution and works collaboratively with her clients to resolve disputes smoothly and effectively.
Bethany started her career at a large national law firm where she assisted clients with a wide range of civil, commercial, and public law disputes. She has experience in general civil litigation including defamation, professional disciplinary investigations and prosecutions, coronial inquests, and building and construction disputes including earthquake claims. Bethany has a particular interest in health and medical law. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys spending time with her dog Bella, gardening, and the occasional trip back to Canterbury to spend time with her family.
Arthur studied Law and Philosophy at Victoria University, and has a background in Property, Estates, Trusts, and Commercial matters.
He assists clients on a wide range of issues but has a particular interest in professional indemnity, trusts, and commercial disputes. He enjoys being across the detail but also taking a practical approach to resolving disputes.
Outside of work, Arthur’s time is mostly spent running around after his two young children and wishing he had time to fit in a game of squash.
Sara was drawn to a career in the law from her interest in politics and social justice.
Sara completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Otago, before beginning her legal career in 2018. Sara has worked for a variety of private and public clients with a national firm, primarily in employment and health & safety. During this time Sara was seconded to a government agency where she provided a broad range of advice.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with friends, swimming, running and reading. She is also a loyal patron of her local fruit and vegetable market and is proficient in many cliché weekend activities such as yoga and brunch.
Harry completed his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. These studies have instilled in him an interest not only in the law but in the systems and processes which shape it, so he is now keen to help implement it in practice.
In his spare time, Harry enjoys cooking, attempting to keep his growing indoor plant collection alive, and being a member of the Te Whanganui-a-Tara Pride Board. Sometimes he heads over the hill to the Wairarapa when the wine calls him home.
Mikaela has recently joined the team as a graduate from the University of Otago, where she completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Theology (Hons). These two disciplines have developed in her a strong desire to support people in crisis, which she is looking forward to doing more of in a legal capacity.
Outside of work, Mikaela can be found scouting out bargains at a local op-shop or soaking up any available sun, be it here in Wellington or at home in the Far North.
Lauren is in her final year of study at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington where she is completing a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce, majoring in Marketing. She thoroughly enjoys her studies and is excited to be immersed in the workplace, expanding her knowledge and skills.
Lauren is passionate about people, and it is important for her to be able to help her community; this sparked her interest in a career in law! In her spare time, Lauren can be found exploring new tramping tracks, spending time with friends, heading back home to Rotorua for a dip in the lake or a hot swim and much needed whānau time.
Chanelle is our office manager. Her days are filled with the many challenges that come with keeping the office running smoothly, and all its inhabitants happy.
Away from the office Chanelle enjoys spending time with family, loves a good psychological crime book and doing things that keep her active. She balances all this activity with a past time she likes to call “The Lazy Sunday” – its self-explanatory!
Tui is one of our canine staff members. She brings joy to the office with her friendly personality and protective nature. Her calm manner allows her to focus on her main task of napping. She enjoys regular walks to Oriental Bay and up Mt Victoria as welcome relief from her stressful days assisting the lawyers.
Bella is the youngest and smallest of our canine staff. Under Tui’s mentorship she has been learning about office security and the art of the office nap. Bella’s other talents include document destruction and sitting for treats.
Outside of the office, Bella enjoys walks in the Karori hills, watching the ducks in the botanic gardens, and checking out Wellington’s dog friendly cafes and restaurants.
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