Paula is a lawyer, a manager and a business owner. She enjoys helping people, and working with them to find solutions to their problems. Sometimes this starts by identifying a problem they didn't know they had!
Her work includes buying and selling all types of residential and commercial property, buying and selling businesses, formation and administration of estate and asset planning structures (trusts), relationship property agreements, and just about everything else. She enjoys leading a team, and creating systems that improve the way they do business.
Paula works with her partners on leading the firm forward to achieve their values and goals. Her main drivers are honesty, integrity and perseverance. She brings huge professionalism and understanding, as well as a good dose of humour to work each day.
Alongside her director duties, Stephanie manages the Rotorua Litigation team and is the trust account supervisor. She also takes appointments from the Court as lawyer for child, lawyer for the subject person and counsel to assist on mental health matters.
Stephanie, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tu Korehe, Tūhoe and Ngāpuhi descent, sees Law as a vocation, not just a job. She loves people and their stories, and her work enables her to help people when they need it the most.
Important to Stephanie, alongside family and friends, is community as well as personal and professional growth. She sits on the Bay Trust board, and has also been a Family Focus trustee for many years. Stephanie loves learning, and strives to constantly improve her own life and that of others.
Stephanie is also a member of the panel of lawyers approved to undertake work for the Central Authority (Ministry of Justice) in relation to applications under the Hague Convention on international Child Abduction & for the International Recovery of Maintenance.
Samantha Northey holds an LLB from the University of Waikato and specializes in family law. She strives to provide her clients with the best possible legal advice in a timely and dignified manner. Samantha has acted for clients from all walks of life and enjoys the variety of work and diversity of clients that come with being a family law advocate. She is passionate about empowering clients to find the best solutions. Samantha is empathetic and clear-headed. She values equity, fairness, and protecting the vulnerable.
Samantha, is of Ngāi Te Rangi, Tu Korehe, Tūhoe and Ngāpuhi descent. Samantha is an active mother of one young child and in her few spare moments, will be found either at the gym or spending time with her whānau and friends.
Conveyancing - residential & business sales/purchases, leases, occupation licences; refinancing, guarantees, GSA’s; company matters including partnership/shareholders agreements; Wills & EPA's; gifting, estates and trust affairs are some of the many things Machaela deals with on a daily basis.
Integrity, compassion and conscientiousness are important to her, and she takes great pride in seeing genuinely happy clients when she has gone above and beyond to get them a great result. This could be a last minute restructure to assist a client in purchasing a second home, or getting a KiwiSaver application approved when it was initially declined.
Machaela says she finds the law interesting, as it is forever changing and affects everybody. She enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to look at and solve issues, and helping people with some of their biggest decisions in life.
Adele completed her New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies in 2021 and also holds a Trust Accountant certificate, a National Tourism and Travel certificate, a certificate in Business Administration, plus computing, office systems and technology credentials. She says she didn’t choose the law, it chose her.
Adele has been a legal secretary for several years, and has stepped up to take on a role in the property team. At The Law Shop, she works on conveyancing, mortgages (new, variation, discharge), and Wills. She enjoys going above and beyond while helping clients into their first home.
Trust Accounting, Business accounts, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Book staff CPD and other events, is what Viv busies herself with at The Law Shop. She is the reception back-up person, too.
Viv is a true team player, and honesty and reliability are important to her. She handles the myriad of tasks required for a smooth running business with ease and needless to say, she is amazing at providing excellent customer service.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her large family and friends, reading, travelling, shopping and walking, especially when there’s a nice coffee at the end of it.
As litigation secretary, Kirsty organises the court lawyer's diaries, types and collates their work and manages their files. Communicating with clients, sending correspondence to clients, billing, and file maintenance are also an important part of her day. She is also the backup trust accountant.
Kirsty is super organised, and knows how to prioritise. She enjoys making Stephanie and Mihi’s working life easier by being their secretary and she excels at helping new staff, and training them into becoming amazing secretaries. Kirsty has a passion for dance and in the future, she may well pick up American Jazz, Latin American and Ballroom dancing again.
Michelle has spent most of her career working as a legal assistant, but she’s had a variety of other jobs including managing a radio station. She is most proud of being a working mother, and of how she has juggled work and raising a family.
At The Law Shop, Michelle works in the litigation team and assists with Family Court matters, Relationship Property and Protection of Personal Property Rights Applications.
Having worked in a range of law firms since the age of 18, she has enjoyed being part of many exciting projects and achieving the best results for clients. She likes working in the various areas of law, bust she especially enjoys assisting clients work through the Family Court process.
Joanne initially trained and worked as a Radiographer, but after some time out to raise a family, she took on a Law degree. The timing was right to kickstart the second career she always wanted. Joanne graduated from Otago University with an LLB in 2005 and has more than 10 years’ experience working in all aspects of Property and Private Client Law.
A fourth generation Mainlander, Joanne grew up in Southland and spent most of her adult life in Otago. Moving to Rotorua was a lifestyle change she doesn’t regret. She joined The Law Shop in April 2019, and ensures that the legal aspects of our clients’ affairs are covered. Outside of work, she is involved in the community through Toastmasters and Rotary, and loves exploring our beautiful outdoor environment.
Liz loves art and has a Certificate in Hairdressing from Wintec, but she works as a Law Clerk for The Law Shop’s property team. She has chosen this role because she admires what lawyers have done for her in the past and says it is great learning from them.
Her tasks include administration, drafting Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Agreements for Sale and Purchase and she also prepares bank documents. Most of her work is done in a virtual setting, as she is based in Northland.
Liz, who is from NZ Maori, Croatian and Lebanese decent, thrives on hard work and independence which she says are ideally reflected in the work she does for The Law Shop. When she is not busy working, she loves making art, music and spending time with her family.
Born and raised here in Rotorua, Thacia is passionate about our city and its people. She enjoys using her strong legal and communicative skills to help people and obtain the best possible result for families, moving forward.
Thacia loves the diverse group of people she meets through her work, and their unique stories. She enjoys facing a good challenge and engaging in the different methods of successful dispute resolution. In both work and personal life, strong and lasting relationships are of importance to her.
Outside of her legal career, Thacia is a keen performer. Following her studies at law school, she moved to New York City to live out her dreams as a professional jazz and hip hop dancer. Thacia is now extremely happy to be home among her family and friends. She remains an active member of the dance community throughout New Zealand and teaches dance at a local dance studio.