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, of Ngai te Rangi, Waitaha, Tu Korehe, Tuhoe and Nga Puhi 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.
Sarsha wanted to be a lawyer for as long as she can remember. She enjoys working with people and applying the law to their specific situations to help them the best she can. No two days or two cases are the same, which keeps it interesting and diverse for Sarsha.
After some years overseas, as Sarsha loves to travel and experience different cultures, she came home to the Bay of Plenty and joined The Law Shop as a partner in 2017. She says there’s no place she’d rather be.
Honesty, integrity and fairness are the values Sarsha lives by, and she enjoys applying the law to the individual circumstances of each client, and achieving the best outcome for them. Many of her clients who have moved on from the Family Court process have made positive changes in their lives and Sarsha finds it incredibly rewarding to have been a part of that process.
She also takes appointments from the Court as lawyer for child, lawyer for the subject person
Initially, Samantha (Ngai te Rangi, Waitaha, Tu Korehe, Tuhoe and Nga Puhi) started a teaching degree studying in Canterbury. After the earthquakes she moved back north, decided to discontinue her teacher training, and studied to become a lawyer instead. She completed her law degree at Waikato University, then joined the Family Law team in August 2018.
Samantha loves people and their stories. In her work at The Law Shop, she enjoys resolving issues and seeing positive outcomes. She’s proud of representing her clients well and building good relationships with them. This is why she often gets referred to people’s friends and family. If not law, she would have probably chosen a career in special effects makeup.
Samantha, who has an LL.B from Victoria University and a BA in Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Otago, works in the Tauranga office practising in Family Law.
Family Law is exciting and interesting for Samantha, as it provides structure to the way we live our lives. She says it is a way in which people, adults and children alike, can be protected.
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.
Anne works for clients at The Law Shop on estate law, selling and buying properties, and she helps people with Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and trust succession. She has worked in several law firms and has also had breaks from law, but she felt the call again and decided to return and re-train as an adult student so she could practise as a legal executive again. As a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives, Anne has more than 10 years’ experience as a LE.
Honesty, integrity, and respect are the key values that drive her, and she has an unconditional love of helping others. Estate law is a passion of Anne, who calls it an absolute privilege to help those who are grieving for their loved ones. When not at The Law Shop or spending time with family and friends, Anne volunteers and assists people in her community.
When Katherine was called for jury service in 2015 and saw the structure and discipline at the Court, she was intrigued and decided to study to become a legal executive. As soon as she finished her legal executive qualifications, she enrolled at Waikato University to study towards a law degree and become a lawyer.
Katherine studies in the evenings and works as a legal executive at The Law Shop during the day. She creates Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney, and also works on the sale and purchase of homes.
Her parents taught her that anything is possible. She knows that if she works hard, she will get the rewards. This has been the prevalent throughout her study, work and during the purchase of her first home. Although just at the beginning of her career, Katherine’s ambition and dedication is inspiring.
Currently studying towards New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies, Adele 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.
With a lovely smile and her caring can-do attitude, Norma-jean meets and greets clients, answers incoming phone calls, and assist the team where possible with general administration duties.
Originally from Southern Africa, her previous roles were in real estate and marketing. She came to Rotorua with her Kiwi partner who was born and raised in Ngongotaha.
Norma-jean lives by the principal to treat people the way you would like to be treated, and she says she is proud of being part of an awesome team of people who truly care and want to make a difference.